The official language of Dubai is Arabic. But if you listen carefully, you'll also hear languages like Urdu, Hindi, Farsi and many others - thanks to all the foreign workers in the emirate.
With English, you can get around anywhere. Road signs and information are in both Arabic and English, and service staff speak good English.
In the hotels in Dubai you will often find English language newspapers such as Khaleej Times and Gulf News.
(Page updated 2015-08-27.)