Opening of Louvre in Abu Dhabi

The new Louvre Abu Dhabi, built over the past 10 years, has 600 permanent artworks and 300 loaned from France. It was unveiled on 8th November 2017 by President Macron.

Etiquette when ordering and paying in an Arab restaurant

If Arab friends or hosts invite you to a restaurant, they will discuss the menu with you and then give the order to the waiter. It is also likely in such a case that your friends will settle the bill once the dinner is over. If, however, you are the person who settles...

A date with dates

Date Tree - The Tree of Life Dates have been a staple food in the Middle East for thousands of years. In fact, a date tree is known as the “tree of life” because the tree and its fruit have so many uses. Nomadic life and trade was made possible in these dry and hot...

Asking the way in Arabic

Asking the way. Asking the way is a very common situation for the foreigner abroad. In the Arab world the situation can lead to very useful opportunities to speak Arabic.  Normal caution should be exercised and it would be sensible for a woman to ask another woman and...

Negotiating a taxi fare in Arab countries

Getting home by taxi After a night out in an Arab city you will probably make your way home by taxi, since public transport is not always what you would like it to be. All the world over there can be problems dealing with taxi-drivers, and the Arab world is no...

Visiting an Arab family home

The ideal way to experience another language and culture is to live with a family that belongs to that culture. You will absorb knowledge and impressions about a new society through the things you see and the things you hear, even the things you eat. As a visitor to a...

Why ArabicOnline has no adverts

One of the most prevalent business models on the Internet is ad-supported content. This is popular with sites that offer content. There are a few reasons why we refuse to include adverts on our site. 1 The adverts distract you from your learning. When learning a...

The Importance of Etymology in Language Learning

As any learner of Arabic will know, Arabic words can be deciphered according to their root (often a three letter combination). It is a fascinating exercise to look up words to discover their true meaning. To illustrate an example of etymology using the English...