The five ‘boat’ letters in the Arabic alphabet

The three letters below all look a little bit like a boat: ب ت ث baa' taa’ thaa’ As you can see, the three letters are identical in their ‘body’ (= the boat). The difference arises from the dots below and above the boat. Let’s focus on baa' to show how this letter is...

Frankincense in the Arab world

Frankincense has been sought after since ancient times Frankincense has been sought after since ancient times and there are many historical accounts that refer to it. The most famous one is the Bible passage which notes that frankincense was one of the three gifts by...

Arabian Pottery in Gulf countries

Potters of Bahla in Oman  In Oman, anybody born in Bahla* used to enter the world of  the ancient art of vessel making. Even today you can find the spin of the potter's wheel on any day of the week – except Friday. It is said that the potters of Bahla are born with...

Using Arabic Online with an iPad or tablet

We are often asked if it is possible to learn Arabic on an iPad with Arabic Online. The answer is yes. You only need to follow these simple steps. 1. Download and install the Puffin browser. The Puffin Browser is a mobile browser which has been developed for...

Arab cuisine

Lebanese dishes When it comes to food there is a great diversity in the Arab World. Lebanon‘s food, for example, is extremely varied because the Levant has such wealth of choice from agriculture, horticulture and fisheries.This explains why Lebanese restaurants are to...

Arab World – Deserts and Sea

Arab world - famous for its deserts The Arab world is, of course, famous for its deserts. Think of the Syrian Desert, the Western Desert in Egypt and Libya, the Iraqi desert between Jordan and Baghdad, the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula. The Empty Quarter is...

Making appointments in Arab countries

Private appointments Making private appointments, for example agreeing when to meet for a meal in a restaurant, is not always that easy mainly because Arabs have a flexible attitude to time in such situations. You will find that friends and acquaintances are not very...

Can you learn Arabic with a smartphone?

Website statistics show that around 50% of visitors to arabiconline.eu access the site using a smartphone. Researchers have said for some years that over time more and more users will log into the internet with smartphones and mobile devices rather than laptops or...

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