15 Arabic Words You Should Know Before Visiting Dubai

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When visiting any country, it’s important to know a few words to get around, and the UAE isn’t any different. Although tourists can easily get by using English alone, learning a few Arabic words is a sign of cultural respect. These 15 words and phrases will help travelers get around, socialize, and fall in love with the Arabic language.

Marhaba

In Arabic it’s written: مرحبا

Marhaba

Na’am

In Arabic it’s written: نعم

Na’am

Laa

In Arabic it’s written: لا

Laa

Yalla

In Arabic it’s written: يالا

Yalla

Inshallah

In Arabic it’s written: إن شاء الله

Inshallah

Shukran

In Arabic it’s written: شكرا

Shukran

Aasif

In Arabic it’s written: أسف

Aasif

‘Afwan

In Arabic it’s written: عفوا

‘Afwan

Kayf Haalak

In Arabic it’s written: كيف حالك

Kayf Haalak

Bi-khayr

In Arabic it’s written: بخير

Bi-Khayr

Mata

In Arabic it’s written: متى

Mata

Ma Is Muk

In Arabic it’s written: ما اسمك

Ma Is Muk

Khalas

In Arabic it’s written: خلاص

Khalas

Sabaah Al-Khayr

In Arabic it’s written: صباح الخير

Sabah Al-Khayr

Masaa Al-Khayr

In Arabic it’s written: مساء الخير

Masaa Al-Khayr

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