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15 Arabic Words You Should Know Before Visiting Dubai

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Updated: 24 July 2017
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
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Na’am

In Arabic it’s written: نعم

Na’am
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Laa

In Arabic it’s written: لا

Laa
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Yalla

In Arabic it’s written: يالا

Yalla
Yalla | © Culture Trip/Thais Kelly

Inshallah

In Arabic it’s written: إن شاء الله

Inshallah
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Shukran

In Arabic it’s written: شكرا

Shukran
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Aasif

In Arabic it’s written: أسف

Aasif
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‘Afwan

In Arabic it’s written: عفوا

‘Afwan
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Kayf Haalak

In Arabic it’s written: كيف حالك

Kayf Haalak
Kayf Haalak | © Culture Trip/Thais Kelly

Bi-khayr

In Arabic it’s written: بخير

Bi-Khayr
Bi-Khayr | © Culture Trip/Thais Kelly

Mata

In Arabic it’s written: متى

Mata
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Ma Is Muk

In Arabic it’s written: ما اسمك

Ma Is Muk
Ma Is Muk | © Culture Trip/Thais Kelly

Khalas

In Arabic it’s written: خلاص

Khalas
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Sabaah Al-Khayr

In Arabic it’s written: صباح الخير

Sabah Al-Khayr
Sabah Al-Khayr | © Culture Trip/Thais Kelly

Masaa Al-Khayr

In Arabic it’s written: مساء الخير

Masaa Al-Khayr
Masaa Al-Khayr | © Culture Trip/Thais Kelly