Specifically, in Dubai, being fluent in Arabic is a sought-after linguistic skill - and this shows across the MENA market. Many employers will detail this as a requirement or as a desired skill within their job specifications and candidates who meet these requirements, are rewarded with a bump in salary, compared to those who don’t.


It’s also noted that in Singapore sought-after languages include Mandarin and Arabic. Candidates who can speak either of these languages, stand out from the crowd. This a huge advantage compared to other candidates, especially during the pandemic.

DMCG Global Co-Founder & CEO of APAC & MENA, Justin McGuire commented,

‘Speaking a second language, will always increase your chances of securing an international assignment. We work with many multilingual candidates and know all too well that employers favour candidates who can speak their local dialect. If you are looking to relocate and work in Japan, Thailand or Indonesia – you must learn the native language, it’s expected in these countries.’

Justin who also speaks two languages himself, recently joined Rosetta Stone on their podcast to discuss the subject of language and the benefits it can have for candidates seeking roles in overseas markets.

They discuss the industries that seek a second language in candidates as well as the negative impact it can have, if candidates do not learn the local dialect correctly.

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