Although Arabic is the official language, most Omanis speak decent to outstanding English, especially in tourist regions and cities. A Semitic language known as “Jibbali” is spoken in the southern Dhofar area. Ethnic communities in Oman speak Swahili and Baluchi, particularly in Muscat, the capital. Malayalam has become a popular language due to the high number of Malayalee expats from the Indian state of Kerala. Because of the historical presence of Indian merchants, Hindi is spoken in certain urban areas. Unless a traveler is really “off the beaten track,” an English-speaking traveler should have no linguistic problems.