The Arabic language is spoken in sixteen modern states alongside the historical Silk Road. Classical Arabic is used for religious and ceremonial purposes, having an archaic vocabulary. Modern Standard Arabic is a modernized variety of Classical Arabic. In most Arab countries only the well-educated have adequate proficiency in Standard Arabic, while over 100,500,000 do not.

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Capital: Cairo
Region: Arab States
Capital: Baghdad
Region: Arab States
Capital: Amman
Region: Arab States
Capital: Kuwait City
Region: Arab States
Capital: Beirut
Region: Arab States

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Capital: Muscat
Region: Arab States
Capital: Doha
Region: Arab States
Capital: Riyadh
Region: Arab States
Capital: Mogadiscio
Region: Arab States
Capital: Khartoum
Region: Arab States
Capital: Damascus
Region: Arab States
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Region: Arab States
Capital: Sana'a
Region: Arab States

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    Number of speakers:
    422,000,000