ARABIC GLOSSARY

Here’s a list of words and useful everyday phrases one should know when residing in Saudi Arabia. Enjoy your stay!


Abaya - A long black robe designed to cover all of a woman's body
Ghutra - The tea-towel like headscarf worn by men
Haram - Forbidden!
Insha’allah – God willing
Insha'allah Bakora - Tomorrow god willing
Istemarah - Car registration
Iqama - Visa
Iqual - The black band that holds the ghutra in place
Khalas - Finished, the end
Mushkilla - Problem
Muttawa - Religious policeman
Throbe - Traditional dress for Arabic men
Wasta(h) - Having powerful social connections