Arabic Speaking Countries

Discover all about the Arabic speaking countries

The Arabic language has approximately more than 422 million native speakers around the world, However, it is also the single most popular fifth language. Arabic is the liturgical language of 1.8 billion Muslims and Modern Standard Arabic is one of six official languages of the United Nations.


In fact, Arabic is recognized as an official language in a total of 27 different countries, 22 countries are member states of the Arab League (as well as 5 countries were granted an observer status) which was founded in Cairo in 1945.

What are the main Arabic-speaking countries?

The Arabic countries   are located primarily in North Africa and the Middle East, Basically  the top fourth countries with the Largest Arabic-Speaking Populations are as covered in the following table:


 

Some information about

Number off speakers

The country

Egypt has a rich Arabic culture and history which gives it a distinctive national identity. As one of the cradles of humankind, Egypt experienced some of the world's earliest forms of development in things like agriculture, religion, and urbanization. Egypt has a hot, sunny and dry climate with very high temperatures. About 93% of the Egyptian population speaks Arabic while Islam is the predominant religion..

90,000,000

Egypte

Algerian Arabic is a national language in the country and is spoken by 73% of Algerians. Algerian Arabic is considered to be a unique Arabic dialect. Other languages spoken in Algeria, which is Africa's largest country by land area, are French and Berber.

41,701,000

Algeria

Literary Arabic is the official language of Sudan. Out of Sudan's 39 million residents, 28 million people speak Arabic. The remainder of the popular primarily speaks English or indigenous languages - there are more than 100 languages that are native to Sudan. Many of the country's native languages come from the Niger-Congo family.

40,253,500

Sudan

Saudi Arabia is a large country on the Arabian Peninsula. It is home to 33 million people, around 30 million of whom speak Arabic as their first language. Saudi Arabia's population speaks a variety of Arabic dialects, among them Jejazi Arabic, Gulf Arabic, and Najdi Arabic. The reason for the gap in Arabic speakers compared to the entire Saudi population is the large presence of an expat community, many of whom do not come from Arabic speaking countries.

30.770.375

Saudi Arabia

 

 

Overview of Arabic-speaking countries

 

Below, we provide a breakdown of the countries that have Arabic as its official language, the countries have been sorted based on Alphabet; not on the number off speakers. It should be noted that some of the countries listed have more than one official language.

 

 

 

Number of Arabic Speakers

Country

Number

41,701,000

Algeria

1

1,343,000

Bahrain

2

10,329,208

Chad

3

798,000

Comoros

4

810,179

Djibouti

5

90,000,000

Egypt

6

6,380,803

Eritrea

7

36,004,552

Iraq

8

6,655,000

Jordan

9

2,789,000

Kuwait

10

4,965,914

Lebanon

11

6,244,174

Libya

12

3,359,185

Mauritania

13

35,250,000

Morocco

14

4,055,418

Oman

15

4,484,000

Palestine

16

2,155,446

Qatar

17

30,770,375

Saudi  Arabia

18

10,428,043

Somalia

19

40,235,000

Sudan

20

20,956,000

Syria

21

1,303,569

Tanzania

22

10,982,754

Tunisia

23

9,346,129

United Arab Emirates

24

23,833,000

Yemen

25

How Arabic spread around the world

 

Basically Arabic language and Arabic culture was spread with Islam 

within a 100 years after Mohammed's death( Peace be upon him), the Muslims were able to establish an empire that stretched from the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees in the west, and Himalayas in east, it was one of the greatest unifying force in the history of mankind

 

The Islamic conquest was not only speedy but permanent. Nearly all of the conquered territory remain Muslim today. You can't say that about the Roman, Persian or Mongol empires.

 

Wherever the Muslims went they also carried with them Arab culture, So Trading played an important role in the spread of Islam in several parts of the world, notably southeast Asia.

 

During the Middle Ages, Literary Arabic was a major vehicle of culture in Europe and around the world, especially in science, mathematics and philosophy. As a result, , many European languages have also borrowed many words from it. Even Arabic has influenced many languages around the globe throughout its history. For example we could mention the most Persian, Urdu, , Hindi, , Turkish , Kashmiri, Kurdish, Bosnian, Kazakh, Bengali, Malay, Maldivian, Indonesian, Pashto, Punjabi, Tagalog, Sindhi, and Hausa, Spanish and some languages in parts of Africa.

 

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