For many around the world, language is more than a tool to communicate. It is a way to express your innermost thoughts and feelings that ultimately shape your experiences and relationships in life. But often times, it is easy to forget that not all communication needs to be verbal.
As we observe the International Day of Sign Languages today, we’ve rounded up a few places in the UAE that teach sign language, so you can learn a new skill while opening yourself up to a whole new world.
Located in Al Barsha 1, Pomegranate Institute offers you a chance to learn American, British or Arabic Sign Language. There are three types of sign language courses–Basic, Independent and Proficient–available for both adults and kids. You can choose to go for group, semi-private or private sessions.
Location: Rasis Business Centre, 1st floor, Al Barsha 1 | Contact: 04-2211216 / 054321 8337
Eton Institute offers American Sign Language (ASL) classes for both individuals and businesses. Learning courses range from intensive to regular, and you can also opt for virtual or weekend classes. You’ll also have an option of choosing either group sessions (with a minimum number of four students) or one-to-one sessions with an instructor.
Location: Block 3, Dubai Knowledge Park | Contact: 04-4386826 / 04-4386827
A group that is run by volunteers and serves the deaf community with meet-ups, workshops and learning opportunities for schools and workplaces, teaching Emirati and American Sign Language. You can find out more about their events taking place at different locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on their website.
Arab Experts Institute For Training & Consultation
Located on Al Reem Island, this learning centre provides classes in sign language in addition to a number of other professional diplomas. You can also take a look at some of the other public training courses that take place at a number of different locations in the UAE.
Location: Addax Tower, Al Reem Island | Contact: 02-6263060