The Best Cities to Study Arabic in the Middle East

Have YOU always thought about studying Arabic in the Middle East but never known where to go or how to start? Well, worry no more because Pink Jinn is going to break it down for you, city by city.

We’ve created this clear, honest guide based on our own experiences to show you the good, the bad, the wonderful and the downright weird of studying abroad. Whether you’re a university student, a young professional with an interest in the region or you’re simply looking for a new adventure, this guide will help you find the perfect place for YOU to learn Arabic.

Disclaimer: ALL of these cities are absolutely incredible, so it totally depends on what you’re looking for. We hope this guide will help you to get a feel for each and pick the perfect place for you!

 

AMMAN

Perfect for: Young professionals and those seeking a traditional, authentic experience

Amman in 3 words: Chaos, tradition, romance

Read the full guide here…

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MUSCAT

Perfect for: The more laid-back traveller who likes outdoor adventures – with a hint of luxury

Muscat in 3 words: Happy-go-lucky

Read the full guide here…

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FES

Perfect for: Backpackers, students and those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty

Fes in 3 words: Gritty, colourful, raw

Read the full guide here…

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BEIRUT

Perfect for: Party-goers; the people who always want to be at the heart of the action

Beirut in 3 words (okay, 4…): Live for the moment

Read the full guide here…

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The best cities for…

Arabic language

  1. Amman
  2. Muscat
  3. Fes
  4. Beirut

Adventure

  1. Muscat
  2. Amman
  3. Fes
  4. Beirut
Oman Observer.jpgClimbing waterfalls in Oman (image: Oman Observer)

Value for money

  1. Fes
  2. Amman
  3. Beirut
  4. Muscat

Social life

  1. Beirut
  2. Fes
  3. Amman
  4. Muscat
Mercedes BenzBeirut is famous for its bar and club scene (image: Mercedez Benz)

Getting around

  1. Fes
  2. Beirut
  3. Amman
  4. Muscat

Food

  1. Fes
  2. Beirut
  3. Amman
  4. Muscat
foodMorocco wins by a narrow margin on the food front (image: The Independent)

Traditional “Arab” experience

  1. Amman
  2. Muscat
  3. Beirut
  4. Fes*

*It’s a little unfair to put Fes at the bottom here because it really does offer an authentic experience, but a unique North African one rather than what you would think of as traditionally “Arab”.

In fact, all four cities offer incredibly authentic, yet vastly different, experiences. Read the full city guides to get a better idea of which is right for you:

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Coming soon: Nablus, Cairo…

 

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