Arabic is the language of the Qur’an, the Holy Book of Islam, of Arab poetry and literature. It has been spoken from the 7th to 9th centuries and has remained unchanged. It has also been adapted to use in modern needs and enriched with new expressions. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and across the Middle East and North Africa
Throughout Kuwait’s history, the Arabic language has been influenced by other societies and their languages. In Kuwait, there are differences between the dialects spoken in urban areas and those in rural areas. However, most Kuwaitis now speak an Arabic dialect in their colloquial daily discourse, known as Gulf Arabic. This dialect is also known by the name Khaliji in Kuwait and by the names Al Hasaa and Khamseh in other countries as it is spoken widely in both the shores of the Persian Gulf.
Other languages in Kuwait
English is one of the most important Kuwaiti languages and it is taught together with Arabic in Kuwaiti schools and is considered to have a prominent place in the educational curriculum of Kuwaitis. Several reasons increased the demand for a Western education, despite being costly, like the importance of an English language education as a preparation for further education overseas and life in general, and the advanced teaching of the non-Arabic foreign schools in Kuwait.
Most people in Kuwait speak some conversational English and the increasing number of radio and television broadcasts, newspapers and magazines in English are also available. Most road signs, business and restaurant signs are both written in Arabic and English.
Since a huge percentage of the Kuwaiti population comprises of foreigners who have come from different parts of the world, some other languages spoken include Urdu, Persian, and Hindi.