Religions in Arab countries – a short overview

Islam When talking about countries in the Arab world, most people think that there is only one religion. However, this is not the case, as has been shown and documented time and again since the "Arab Spring". The great religion in Arab countries is, of course, Islam....

Historic travel writers in Arab countries

If you want to prepare your travels, read about the experiences of the many famous travel writers that the Arab world has attracted over the years. Unsurprisingly, many of these authors and travellers were British. Particularly fascinating are the books by the British...

Formation of names in Arabic

In Arabic, it is very important to know the verbs, as you can derive other words from the verbs. Since Arabic is a Semitic language, it is usually constructed from a root of three letters, from which other words can be derived. In Arabic, for example, we have fa3ala...

Possible health risks in some Arabic countries

Tips about eating, drinking and hygiene When traveling to southern or some Arab countries, one should remember a few things about eating, drinking and hygiene. Disregarding such warnings or tips can turn a pleasant journey into  a nightmare. But if you take...

Flying to the Middle East – Key Arabic Vocab and Tips

I have flown with various airline companies and this article will help us to firstly find out a bit more about the various airline companies that fly to the Middle East and secndly learn a few new words and phrases related to air travel. طَيَران الإمارات‎ Emirates...

Tattoos and Henna designs in the Arab world

Tattoos in Arabic In my job as an Arabic teacher, I have often experienced that people come to me and want to have Arabic names for tattoos. Many just want to know the Arabic writing of their own names or that of  their friend or terms like "strength", etc. However,...

English words from Arabic (part 2)

Here are some more Arabic words which have entered the English language. You might be surprised that many of these common words come from Arabic. gazelle ghazaal غزال ghoul ghuul غول harem Hareem حريم hashish Hasheesh حشيش henna Hinnaa’ حنّاء hummus HummuS حمّص lemon...

Camels and beauty

The root   j - m - l In the Arabic language the  root  j - m - l  conveys the idea of beauty. Here are the English equivalents for these words. jameel (m) جميل beautiful (masc.) jameela (w) جميلة beautiful  (fem.) jameela جميلة first name for female Jameela /...