Kuwaitis view themselves as good businessmen. To be fair, there is a whole shopping mall inside the airport if they let you go outside security. You have to get a visa for that and they hassle you when you come back through security. You have to kind of lie to get one. So there is BIG HINT number 1 that they don't see the potential for lots of money to be made from passing tourists. Then there is hint number 2 - the virtual lack of souvenirs air-side in the airport. Then there is the very largest 3rd hint:
Kuwait Airport has no postcards! Or even postage stamps.
Unfortunately there is no alternative. OK, they do sell fridge magnets.
Don't bother buying an Arabic dictionary outside the Middle East as they are ridiculously expensive. In England a good dictionary costs £70 (US$100 approx), I bought the same one in Syria for about $10. They are quite bulky, so leave plenty room in your luggage to avoid excess baggage fines at the airport!!!
Look out for Hans Wehr and Al-Mawrid dictionaries, as these are the best ones for translating in either direction. I used to have a Hippocrene dictionary, but words such as "automobile", "anaesthetic" and "radio" were in a section at the back entitled "New words"...although printed in 1995, it was somewhat dated and of little practical use! Avoid...
Some useful Arabic phrases:
As-salaam alaykum – Peace be with you (greeting)
Wa alaykum as-salaam – And with you peace (reply)
Kayf halek ? How are you? (to a man)
Kayf halesh? How are you? (to a woman)
Al hamdu lillah, bikhair – Fine, thanks be to God
Zain - good. (another response)
Tammam - (and another)
Tayyib - (and another)
Sabah al kayr - good morning
Sabah ah noor - good morning (the response)
Misa al kayr - good evening
Misa ah noor - good evening (the response)
Ahlan wa sahlan - Welcome
Maharba - Hello
Ma’salamah - Goodbye
Min fadlak - Please
Shukran – Thank you
Afwan – you’re welcome
Naam, iwa – Yes
La – No
Insha'llah - God willing ( or at such time as God desires)
Mafee mooshkalah - No problem
Wayn... - Where is ...
Hammam - bathroom or toilet
Funduq - hotel
Teksi - taxi or taxi stand
Mushtashfa - hospital
Souq - market
Telefon - Telephone
Bikam? - How much?
Yillah! - Lets go!
Unique Suggestions: Numbers
Sifr - Zero
Wahid - one
Itnain - Two
Talata - Three
Arbaa - Four
Khamsa - Five
Sita - Six
Saba - Seven
Tamania - Eight
Tisah - Nine
Ashara - Ten
Itnashr - Twenty
Talateen - Thirty
Arbien - Fourty
Kamseen - Fifty (etc.)
Mia - Hundred
Alf - Thousand
As I said before:
Please once you deiced to visit the Middle East, put all what you know and you heard behind your back!
Media had really deformed a lot of facts about this region!
I’m only asking everybody to make its own idea and facts from his own experience and from what he saw and tested by him.
Tourists are always fascinated about how nice and kind and friendly the majority of people in the Middle East are.
They are totally taken by the hospitality and welcoming and automatic help people shows once they meet a stranger or a tourist.
Many tourists always if it is safe to go to countries in the Middle East.
Once again I am here to confirm that: oh yes sir it is safe everywhere but those conflict zones.
No need to think of that much ,no one will think of hurting you, Syria is one of the safest places in this world.
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