Qatar was a British protectorate for 55 years. This is likely an important influence to consider as for why English is heavily used in Qatar. With the petroleum industry in Qatar, this has attracted many people from places where English is the official language. Some wealthy Qatari citizens will send their children to private schools where English is the language of instruction.

The largest number of immigrant come from India. Languages such as Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada are spoken by many from India. However, English is an official language in India. English being an official language in India and being spoken by many Indian immigrants further cements the role of English as a language heavily used in Qatar. Many Filipinos has immigrated to Qatar as well. Tagalog and English are the official languages used in The Philippines.

The petroleum industry has attracted immigrants from throughout South Asia and Southeast Asia. Given the diversity of languages spoken in those regions, this has meant that those languages are also used in Qatar. Among the languages that can be found in Qatar, they include: Bahasa Indonesia, Baluchi, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Nepali, and many more.

There are many actions taken to preserve the use of Arabic in Qatar. Qatar University switched its language of instruction from English to Arabic. Satellite campuses of English-speaking universities from Anglophone nations are requiring students to take Arabic.

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