In the United Arab Emirates (دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة), Arabic is the official language. However, this version spoken in the UAE is slightly different compared to Arabic spoken elsewhere in the Middle East as the Persian Gulf dialect is used natively by the Emirati people. Additionally, since the area was protected by the United Kingdom
until 1971, English is the primary bridge language with most places of hire requiring a firm grasp of English to be had by applicants. Because of a rapidly growing tourist industry and millions of migrant workers making their way to work on developments in the area, other languages such as Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, Malay, and Indonesian are common as well.
Because of the growing role the United Arab Emirates is playing on the global stage, it has grown to possess extensive diplomatic and commercial relations with other states. It has large roles in OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Export Countries)
and the UN (United Nations) as well as being a founding member of the Gulf Cooperation Council. On April 10th, 1996, it joined the WTO (World Trade Organization). Currently the UAE is a member of the Arab League – a global organization who cites it’s mission as aiming to “draw closer relations between member States and coordinate collaboration between them to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.” The UAE has been outspoken in their beliefs that the Arab League needs restructuring in order to increase the strength, clout, and interoperability of defense forces.