I am in need to translating a site of mine and I need to add Arabic. According to the language code there are several forms. Which of these would you consider to be the most "common" type?

ar-AE   Arabic (U.A.E.)
ar-BH   Arabic (Bahrain)
ar-DZ   Arabic (Algeria)
ar-EG   Arabic (Egypt)
ar-IQ   Arabic (Iraq)
ar-JO   Arabic (Jordan)
ar-KW   Arabic (Kuwait)
ar-LB   Arabic (Lebanon)
ar-LY   Arabic (Libya)
ar-MA   Arabic (Morocco)
ar-OM   Arabic (Oman)
ar-QA   Arabic (Qatar)
ar-SA   Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
ar-SY   Arabic (Syria)
ar-TN   Arabic (Tunisia)
ar-YE   Arabic (Yemen)

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    Welcome to Language Learning Stack Exchange! This is a site about learning and teaching languages; please review what is on-topic on this site in the Help Centre. I'm afraid I need to close this question as off-topic. – AModHasNoName Sep 19 '18 at 18:03

ar-EG Arabic (Egypt)

The Egyptian dialect is the most common for two reasons. First, it's the largest Arabic-speaking country in the world. Second, it's the main producer of Arabic language entertainment (tv, movies, music).

Keep in mind, though, that written Arabic is almost always Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), which is not on your list.

  • Please don't answer questions that are off-topic; this just attracts more questions that are off-topic and harms the quality of our site. – AModHasNoName Sep 20 '18 at 9:01
  • @Christophe I answered it before it was off topic. – AML Sep 20 '18 at 10:00
  • It was off-topic when it was posted. As a participant with more than 2,000 reps, you should have enough experience to judge whether a question is blatantly off-topic or not. (There are edge cases, but this question is not one of them.) – AModHasNoName Sep 20 '18 at 10:15
  • Knowing the most common form of Arabic could inform a language learner's decision and actions, thus I did not consider it off-topic before you officially declared it so. People have different opinions. – AML Sep 20 '18 at 12:15
  • It is clear that the information can be used that way, but the question itself needs to be on topic. And the ISO language tags are totally irrelevant on this site. – AModHasNoName Sep 20 '18 at 13:40

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