5 Local Phrases To Learn Before Travelling To The UAE

by Yogita Chainani
5 Local Phrases To Learn Before Travelling To The UAE

Do you know what’s the best thing about traveling to different countries? Well, you get to meet people of different cultures, and that helps you learn new things about that country. As a tourist, you feel more welcomed and loved. With that said, if you are planning to visit the UAE soon, here are seven local phrases that you must learn by all means.

Local Phrases You Must Learn Before Visiting The UAE

1. Shukran

Shukran translates to Thank You in English. Whether you ask people for direction, buy something from shops, or just ask people for some information about the place, always end the conversation with Shukran. It’s not only a sign of respect but shows how much you care about the culture, and you come across as very polite.

2. Maafi Mushkila

In English, this translates to No Problem or Don’t Worry About it. If you are stuck somewhere and ask for help from a local, but if they can’t help you, use this Arabic term. This local phrase is used by people in the UAE daily, and if you use it, you will feel more included and welcome.

3. Shu Hadha

This term in English means ‘what is this? If you are unsure about something and want to get a confirmation, you can use this term. Or if you are shocked after seeing something, you can use this local phrase then also.

4. Kayfa Halluk

If you are planning to have a conversation with a local and don’t know how to start the conversation, then use this phrase. In English, it means How Are You? So for men, it’s kayfa halluk, and when you speak to a woman, it is kayfa halluki.

Local Phrases

5. Khallas

If you are at a restaurant and if the waiter comes and asks you if you need something else, you can use this word. In English, it means finish or done eating. So if you want to call for the bill, use this term, and the waiter will understand that you are done with the meal.

Using such local phrases, not only helps you communicate a bit better with the locals but makes you feel more included and welcome.