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A Brief History of Arabic Translation

Arabic translation has a long, rich history which has enabled communication between nations, and the dissemination of Arabic knowledge and culture around the globe. Effective interpretation was vital for Arab traders, to enable exchange of goods, improve prosperity, and increase understanding between cultures. However, with the Prophet Muhammed (570-632), and the rise of Islam, followers … Read More

Arabic Reading Competition in Dubai Won by 9 Year Old Girl

A Moroccan girl, aged only 9 years old, has won $136k (120,000 Euros) in an Arabic-language competition set up by the Dubai government, and his Royal Highnesses Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. Maryam Amjoun competed against other finalists, all aged under 18, for the coveted title of winner of the third annual Arab Reading Challenge. … Read More

English Translation now Essential for Abu Dhabi Courts

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has recently applied new legislation that requires plaintiffs in both civil, and commercial cases, to translate all files from Arabic to English, for those defendants who do not speak Arabic. Previously, any documentation that was presented to the court was offered in Arabic only, and as a result many … Read More

What is Arabization?

Within the translation sector, the term ‘Arabization’ is used to refer to the process of translating an idea, concept or message from its original language, into Arabic. This doesn’t refer solely to the translation of words (although words and language are the format used to express this interpretation) but more to specific concepts which might … Read More

Localization Tips for an Arabic Marketplace

Localizing your website, social media posts, blogs, emails, and marketing campaigns for an Arabic audience will give your business access to 22 Arab countries and over 400 million Arabic speakers – all of whom are potential customers. This represents a huge opportunity for companies who are looking to move into new foreign markets, especially those … Read More

Top Tips for Translating from English to Arabic

The Arabic language is the fifth most widely spoken language, with over 420 million people speaking it around the world. However, for English speakers, it is also one of the most challenging languages to learn, and translate. Mastering the Arabic language requires a whole new script and alphabet to be learnt, including overcoming the struggle … Read More

English Language ‘Lost in Translation’ in Arab World

A recent article written by the chief editor of the Arab Weekly, Oussama Romdhani, suggests that the lack of English proficiency “deprives the Arab region of a crucial bridge to the rest of the world”. According to the latest EF English Proficiency Index, released by the EF Education First in Zurich, the Arab region is … Read More

Why Software Localization is Vital for Your Business

Software localization is about modifying and adapting a piece of software to meet the language, cultural and technical requirements, of a specific audience, outside of your native country. For instance, you may have CRM software you want to sell to the public sector across the Arab world, so this will mean you need to have … Read More

Social Media in the UAE and Localization

The UAE has taken to social media as readily as every other nation. On average, worldwide users are spending around 135 minutes each day on social media sites – it’s evidently becoming an almost essential part of our daily routine. This rise in usage is due to a number of factors including falling smart phone … Read More

Positive Economic Growth in Dubai

The Business Registration and Licensing (BRL) sector of the Department of Economic Development (DED), showed a 0.47% increase compared to this time last year on renewed/modified trade licenses issued from January to September this year, according to a recent article by the Khaleej Times. This increase is positive news for Dubai, and the UAE in … Read More