'Useful Arabic Words & Phrases'
Useful Arabic Words & Phrases
Good Morning Sa-bah al-khair
Good Morning (reply) Sa-bah al-nur
International Market Al souq al dow-lee
Good afternoon/evening Mas-sa Al-khair
Good afternoon/evening (reply) Mas-sa Al-nur
Middle East Centre Mar – kaz al sharq al aw-set
Hello (Peace upon you) As-sa-lam a-lay-kum
Mini Market Baa-ka-la
Hello (Upon you be peace) (reply) Wa a-lay-kum as-sa-lam
Welcome (also said in departing) Ah-lan
Hello Mar- ha-ba
Police Station Ma-ha-ta al Shur-ta
Good-bye (with peace) Ma sa-la-ma
Post Office Al Ba-reed
Stationery Store Mak-ta-ba
Other Useful Words and Phrases
Al right (okay) Qwai-yis
Please Mini fad-lak
Thank you Shu-kran
Hot Sukhon / Haar
You’re welcome Af-wan
Departure Time Waqt As sa-far
Do you speak English Tatakallum Ingleezi?
Give me A’ti-nee/Haat
Do you understand Fa-him?
Straight (ahead) A-la tool
Gasoline /petrol Ben-zeen
U-turn (return) Ar-ja
God willing Insha`allah
Stop (here) Wa-gaf (hen-na)
Slow down Shwai-ya, shawai-ya
How are you? Kaif-Hal-ak
Before/in front of Ga-dam/a-mam
I don’t speak Arabic La-A-ta-ka-lam Ar-a-bi
Wait ( a little) Sta-na(shwai-ya)
It does not matter Ma-lesh
How much? Kum?
Impossible Moshe mum-kin
Is it possible? Mum-kin?
My address is .. Un-wa-ni…
My name is Is-mi
Airport Al ma-tar
Soldier/military person As-kar-ee
Sorry, excuse me Mut-a’a-ssif
Downtown Al ba-lad
Ther isn’t La yuu-jad…/Ma fee ..
Other Useful Words and Phrases
Well (good) Tay-yib, Bi-khair
Where is ..? Ein-a/fain../wain
Yesterday Ams/ al Ba-ri-ha
Although Arabic is written from right to left surprisingly numbers are written from left to right and in the same manner as English. Thus, 348 in English would be written 348 in Arabic, simply substituting the Arabic form of the numbers. Here are the first 11 numbers and their pronunciation in Saudi Arabia.
Zero Sifr Six Set-ta
One Wa-hid Seven Sa-ba
Two Ith-nain Eight Tha-man-ya
Three Tha-la-tha Nine Tis-a
Four Ar-ba Ten Ash-ara
All the numbers that are a combination of “10’s” and “1’s” are said “1’s” and “10’s”. For example 23 would be said 3 and 20 in Arabic. However, the tens have their pronunciation a bit an altered. Here are numbers 11-22 and 10’s:
Eleven Ehd-ash Twenty Ash-reen
Twelve Ith-nash Twenty one Wa-hed wa-ash-reen
Thirteen Ta-lat-ash Twenty two Ith-nain-wa-ash-reen
Fourteen Aar-bat-ash Thirty Ta-la-theen
Fifteen Kham-stash Forty Ar-ba-een
Sixteen Sit-ash Fifty Kham-seen
Seventeen Sa-bat-ash Sixty Sit-een
Eighteen Ta-man-t-ash Seventy Sab-a-een
Nineteen Ti-sat-tash Eighty Ta-man-een
Note: The “een” suffix is one form that Arabic use for the plural.
For the hundreds, Arabic is a bit more complicated. The numbers are said “100’s and 1’s and 10’s. for example, 365 would be said 300 and 5 and 60. Here are the hundred:
One Hundred Mee-a Six Thousand Si-tat al-af
Two Hundred Mee-a-tain Seven Thousand Sa-bat al-af
Three Hundred Ta-la-ta-mee-at Eight Thousand Ta-man-yat al-af
Four Hundred Ar-bat-mee-at Nine Thousand Ti-sat al-af
Five Hundred Kham-sat-mee-at
ROLLIN' AT THE HARD ROCK
Upstairs at the Hard Rock Cafe, they've got a pool table in one the smaller rooms. It's a nice place to play a few games, surrounded by some cool rock memorabilia - gold records, posters and framed photographs. You can have the waitress bring over your drinks and eats, as they've thrown in quite a few leather chairs in here as well.
It's 5 Dirhams per game, fed in through the table's slot machine (like with most other pool tables out here). Management really should put in a couple of more tables though, 'cause if there's even a small crowd around, you might end up waiting about half an hour before playing. But the Hard Rock's a great place, and I'd much rather play pool here than anyplace else.
If you want to buy Dubai souvenirs then Karama is the place to go. You can get the typical plates, T-Shirts, crystal models, etc. all over Dubai, but the prices are extremely high elsewhere. In Karama you have a Bazaar like atmosphere and can get the typical tourist items relatively cheap. On top of that you can negotiate the price, which makes it even cheaper. I got a really nice Dubai T-Shirt for just 20 Dhm = 4.50 Euros and a little glass structure with Dubai written on it for 10 Dhm = 2.20 Euros.
Double your Fun; take it to another level...
Amongst the pretentious, overly-cheesy, eager-to-please glitz & glamour of Dubai, the Double Decker Pub promises a welcome lack of sophistication: down-to-earth, rough around the edges, care-free fun.
The menu features British Pub-Grub classics with yummy dishes from Scotland, England & Ireland, as well as some international favourites.
The drinks promotions border the obscenely generous, it's dark & sweaty, and whether you want to or not: chances are high that you'll get sucked into a 7-hour visit that will end in you doing something you shouldn't. Sound good? I guess I'll see you there then!
THEME NIGHTS from Oct. 2007 onwards:
Mondays - "Pitchin":
Men's night out with discounts on pitchers & kegs of beer.
Tuesdays - "Shaken & Stirred" Ladies Night:
10:00pm - 03:00am.
Ladies get 2 complimentary drinks - get the equipment from the bar & make them yourself!
Wednesdays - "Car Wash" 70s Night:
09:00pm - 03:00am.
Resident DJ with 70's music throughout the night & drinks discounts.
Thursday is "Lairy" Party-Night in Dubai, so it's busy & bustling!
Ladies get *2 for 1* on cocktails, house & sparkling wine from 9pm - midnight.
RE-CHARGE: The Notoriously Dangerous Brunch! (featuring that dreaded Karaoke...)
Every Friday, 12noon - 04:00pm.
Undoubtedly the best value for money in town!
Indulge your stomach & your liver on an all you can eat & drink buffet, including house beverages (beers, wine, spirits) for Dhs 119.- !!!
For those of you brave or stupid enough, it's also Karaoke time from 3pm - 8pm.
And just when you thought you can't take any more, all day until closing time (at 03:00am) the bar spoils us with 50% discount on all drinks, which is a great deal for the usually expensive alcohol in Dubai! (with the discount, a Jack Daniel's & Coke will cost you Dhs 13.- & a Vodka Mixer Dhs 11.-) 1 US $ = 3.67 Dirhams
We celebrated a friend's 30th birthday on a Friday at Double Decker and needless to say, when we finally crawled home it was difficult to remember any specifics... all we remembered is that we had an awesome time! Smart-Casual (well, more casual than smart really ;-)
MEN: No shorts, no sandals. Jeans, sneakers & t-shirt are fine.
LADIES: No beach wear, anything else goes.
This place also shows major sporting events (FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup, etc.) on several large TV screens.
Opening Hours: Daily from 12:00noon - 03:00am.
Italian food in Dubai
You can find "La Cucina" at JW Marriott Hotel. Food is excellent and staff's lovely, they sing and dance and I had a great time there! It was my mum's birthday and the staff gave us a free birthday cake and sang her a very nice "happy birthday" song. Excellent Italian food. They have also some regional menu (for exemple from Tuscany)