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A few facts on Arabic and its peoples.
Arabic, in terms of the number of speakers, is the largest living member of the Semitic Language Group, classified as Central Semitic. Modern Arabic is classified as a macro-language with 27 sub-languages. These varieties are spoken throughout the Arab world, and Standard Arabic is widely studied and used throughout the Islamic world. Arabic has been very influential in culture, science, mathematics and philosophy and many European languages have borrowed numerous words from it. Western numerals are also based on Arabic. There are between 186 and 400+ million Arabic speakers worldwide from a variety of countries including Libya, Egypt, Algerian, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and more. Arabic is the official language of 25 countries, the third largest after English and French
Arabic speaking countries are some of the richest in the world with large oil reserves in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar and the UAE among others. Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading oil exporter with oil accounting for 90% of export revenues. Qatar has the fourth highest GDP per capita in the world and the highest in the Arab world in spite of its relatively small population of 1.45 million. Well known Arab companies are Emirates Airline, Saudi Aramco, Gulf Cement, Dubai Development Company, Emirates Bank, Egypt Air, Sontatrach and Air Algerie. Famous Arabs include Mohamed Al Fayed, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Yasser Arafat, Suzy Kassem, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Yussef Idris and Omar Sharif