How many roots are there in Arabic?

Most words in the Arabic language are derived from a root. A word is created by applying vowels, prefixes and suffixes in an often predictable manner to the original root. According to Karen Ryding in ‘A Reference Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic’, there are between...

From Qahwa to Coffee

Today, coffee is enjoyed throughout the world and throughout the day. The coffee plant has its origins in Ethiopia. From there the plant was imported into Yemen where it was cultivated and inherited the name ‘qahwa’ (قهوة) which originally meant ‘wine’ in Arabic....

Technology and culture

The Middle-East is still heavily reliant on technology from the West. This can be seen at every aspect of Middle Eastern society from the keen uptake of the latest gadgets such as smartphones to the reliance on technology and infrastructure for their economic exports....

‘Desert Camel Power’ is the new Horsepower

It may seem like a joke, but a Japanese automaker has recently introduced ‘Desert Camel Power’ – a new unit of measurement to determine how a vehicle will perform in typical desert off-road conditions. They teamed up with National Geographic Abu Dhabi to demonstrate...

Greetings and replies in different Arabic dialects

Although arabiconline.eu uses Modern Standard Arabic, it is important to know some of the most important greetings in different Arabic dialects. How are you? Syria / Palestine keefak? / shu akhbaarak? Tunisia esh nahwelak, lebes? Egypt 3aamel eh? Algeria weshrake? I’m...

Greetings in Arabic

In Arabic, as in all languages, there are different ways to greet people. If you know some Arabic and, especially some Arabic greetings, you should not refrain from using them. Greetings are very important in the Arab world to demonstrate to your host or business...

Qat – Why travel when you can chew qat?

"I, and millions of others, spend as much time buying and chewing qat as sleeping, and more money on it than on food. The qat effect it is as subtle and as hard to analyse as the alkaloids that cause it. It takes long practice to be able to recognise the effect...

Rick’s Café Casablanca

Bon soir et bienvenus. The two tall men open the heavy wooden doors, releasing them like giant clams. A warm glow of orange light filtered through. We approached a desk surrounded by red curtains and soft yellow lights. A receptionist looked up from a heavy A3-sized...

From Hijab to Burqa

Rules about dress code for Muslim women are often open to interpretations. Some Muslim women believe in covering every part of the body, others do not adhere to any specific dress rules. However, non-Muslims often don’t know the difference between a Niqab and a Burqa,...