Arabische Floskeln: Grüße im Arabischen

Die Wichtigkeit von Begrüßungen in arabischen Ländern Im Arabischen gibt es verschiedene Grußformeln, wie in allen Sprachen. Wenn man etwas Arabisch und vor allem Begrüßungen kann, sollte man nicht darauf verzichten, das Arabische immer anzuwenden. Hier sind...

The rose gardens of Jebel Akhdar

Jebel Akhdar, the Green Mountain, is one of the highest mountains in Oman. Although the road up the mountain is tarmac, only four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed past the police checkpoint. At the top of the mountain, clinging to sides of vast gorges, are a number of...

The importance of the sun and solar power in the Arab world

The sun, sunlight, sunrise and sunset all play a vital role in Arabic culture, much more so than in northern Europe. Sunrise and sunset are reflected in the Arabic names mashriq and maghreb. The Arabic countries east of Egypt and north of Saudi Arabia are known as...

Arabian sand painting

You might have heard of sand paintings from the Buddhist tradition where a mandala is created with coloured sand and then ritualistically dismantled once it is completed. However, there is also a different kind of sand painting that can be found in Arab counties....

The British Council’s Arabic Language & Culture Programme

On Monday, March 6th, the British Council hosted a conference in their London offices, entitled ‘Arabic Language and Culture in the UK Research Dissemination Event 2017’. Participants included teachers, academics and practitioners. A number of core topics raised at...

Farewell Arabia – The Middle East before oil

Many people today associate the Middle East with opulence and vast wealth. Visitors to Abu Dhabi or Dubai are overwhelmed by stunning architecture, huge skyscrapers and a dynamic thriving business environment. However, the wealth of these 'modern' Gulf states and...

Water systems in the Arab world. From Falaj to desalination

The Arab world is surrounded by seas and oceans and yet vast areas are desert and appear to be without surface water and to lack drinking water.  In fact the Arab world is affected by the presence or absence of water and how people live with this scarce resource. The...

Hand gestures in the Arab world

In the Arab world there is a language of hand gestures, which you can have great fun in observing. One gesture is associated with the Arabic word ta3aal (Come here, please. Come with me). Whereas Europeans signal for somebody to come with the palm of the hand facing...

Doing business in the Arab countries (Part 3)

Dress appropriately There are no elaborate rules and much depends on which Arab country you are visiting. It is simply a matter of indicating respect, since it is normal, especially in the Gulf countries, for your counterpart to be very smartly dressed in crisp,...