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Abu Dhabi - Speaking the Language
English of course is the unofficial official language, even though Arabic is the official business language. Most of the official documentation is in Arabic, and some applications like educational and marriage certificates are accepted in this language only.
Road signs, street names and other public signages are always displayed in both Arabic and English. Berlitz UAE offers courses in a number of languages at its Abu Dhabi centre, including Arabic and English and is located at:
Zayed the First Street Bin Haiyai Bldg.
P.O.Box: 41720 Abu Dhabi
Tel.: +971 (2)6672287
Fax: +971 (2) 6672289
The Arabic Language Center, 'The Mother Tongue' specializes in the teaching of the language to non-native speakers, and can be contacted at:
Zayed 1st., M 2, Bin Fardan Building, Khalidaya
P.O. Box : 108566 Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel.: +971 2 639 3838
Fax: +971 2 639 3855
As for children's education in Abu Dhabi, there is a wide choice of international schools. Expat communities from Europe, Australia, US, Indian and a host of others have established schools in Abu Dhabi which generally follow the curriculum followed in their home country, along with the internationally recognised GCSEs, A-levels, French and International Baccalaureate.
Some of the schools in Abu Dhabi:
The Abu Dhabi International Private School
P. O. Box 25898
Tel: 971 2 4434 433
Fax: 971 2 4436 052
The British School – Al Khubairat
Tel: +971 2 4462280
Fax: +971 2 4461915
American International School
29th Street, Airport Road
P.O.Box: 5992, Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 2 4444-333
Fax +971 2 4444-005
Raha International School
Al Raha Gardens Development
Khalifa City 'A'
Tel: +971 2 556 1567
Fax: +971 2 556 1568
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