With the number of Chinese visitors to the UAE continuing to grow and prominent economic partnerships and ties between the two countries, the learning of Chinese is something that many families in the UAE have shown great interest in. To further develop the relationship between our communities, there is an increasing need for multilinguists who can communicate effectively.

Fiona Cottam, Principal of Hartland International School

The teaching of Chinese, coupled with the improved teaching of Arabic, will further strengthen relationships between the Chinese and UAE governments. Of course, the learning of an additional language also helps to develop a child’s abilities to excel in a competitive job market.


This added language skill set can only help to grow the country’s economy through better Chinese business and trade relations. For students, this opportunity to learn a new language will equip them with the skills to continue their further study in Chinese and pursue a career that links both countries, economically and socially as well as through government and employment opportunities.

Being exposed to languages other than one’s own mother tongue is an experience that if accessible, should be taken full advantage of. Research suggests that multilinguists have a more developed cognitive process.

Some studies even draw parallels between language learning and memory retention overall. It is estimated that over 4,000 Chinese companies operate in the UAE and this week saw the China Trade Week Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, celebrating the strong strategic partnerships that exist between the UAE and China. With Expo 2020 around the corner, there has never been a better time to support the learning of Chinese in our schools, ensuring that our children appreciate the richness of cultures in our world.


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