Commonly used Arabic words and their meanings:
Abi means my father
Umi means “my mother,” “source,” or “foundation”
Habibi in Arabic means ‘my love’ and is often used in conversation, both formally and informally. It’s one of those words to learn as it can be used in any situation — when genuinely calling someone a friend, when fighting or even when being sarcastic!
Example: Thanks, habibi!
Allah (pronounced al-lah)
Allah means “The God”
Qareen (pronounced Kar-een) Literally meaning: ‘constant companion’ A Qareen is a spiritual double of a human, either part of the human himself or a creature in a parallel dimension. Typically, it’s classified as a Jinn-type creature.
Khallas means ‘finished’. It can also mean stop, end, enough etc. It’s one of those words that can be and is used in every situation.
Example: Khallas! I’m done talking about this.
Another Arabic term that’s used often. It means ‘no problem’.
People say it when you thank them, when you ask them for a favour or make a request.
Example: Sorry about being late. Response: Maafi mushkil!
Assalam Alaikum is a formal greeting in Arabic. It means ‘Peace be upon you’.
Example: Assalam Alaikum! How are you?
Walaikum Assalam means ‘…and Peace be upon you too’ and is said in response to Assalam Alaikum.
Example: Walaikum Assalam! I’m fine, thanks. How are you?
Insha’Allah is one of those words that is used in abundance in conversations all over Dubai irrespective of whether it’s a local, expat, arabic or non-arabic speaking person.
Insha’Allah means ‘God willing’ or ‘If God wills it’.
Example: I’ll see you tomorrow, Insha’Allah.