Learn Arabic Gulf (Khaleeji)

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About Arabic Gulf (Khaleeji)

Gulf Arabic is commonly referred to as Khaleeji, short for اللهجة الخليجية, ‘the Gulf dialect’. This is the spoken version of Arabic used in Eastern Arabia, including Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Gulf Arabic in fact consists of several different dialects, most of which are mutually understandable. This version of Arabic is spoken in everyday life, as well as in media and in business. uTalk teaches the variant from the UAE, with native speakers from Dubai.

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United Arab Emirates




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Central Semitic


Fun facts — Arabic (Gulf)

  • Gulf Arabic has borrowed many English words and changed them beyond recognition. One of these is 'drewel' meaning 'driver'!
  • The Emirati Arabic phrase 'Khalli walli' خلـّي ولـّي means 'so what?', but with a ruder tone it could also mean 'get lost!'
  • Be careful with the Arabic word طرّش (pronounced 'tarresh'). It means 'to send' in Kuwait and the UAE, 'to vomit' in Saudi Arabia, 'to splash' in Syria and Lebanon and 'to deafen' in Tunisia! Telling someone in the region to 'send me a message' can therefore get quite complicated indeed!

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