Arabic is primarily spoken in the Middle East and North Africa, called the MENA region, and, with approx. 374 million native speakers, is the sixth most commonly spoken language in the world. Modern standard Arabic has its origins in classic Arabic, the language of the Quran and Arabic poetry, and sometimes differs greatly from the spoken variants of Arabic. The regional Arabic dialects can therefore vary widely but they are united by a common written language. Standard Arabic is the official language of 27 countries, and thus is the third most common after English and French, is one of the six official languages of the UN and ranks seventh in the list of top 10 languages used on the internet. The economic significance of the MENA region has risen sharply due to the increased exchanges between Germany and the EU and countries in North Africa and the Middle East such as Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Algeria and Saudi Arabia, etc. Within the Arab world, Germany is the largest European exporter with just over 40 billion euros. The main export destinations are the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. For German mechanical engineering, Egypt is the main sales market within the MENA region which is marked by a varied economy with various emerging branches of industry. Translations into Arabic therefore not only open the door to the important petroleum, gas and tourism industries, but also to varied growth sectors that are rapidly gaining in significance, such as information technology, renewable energies and mechanical engineering and plant construction.