Arabic Crib Sheet

Once you are outside the centre of downtown Riyadh, you will find that many road signs are written in Arabic only.

And there will come a time, sooner or later, when the particular place you are looking for will be on one of those signposts.

If you cannot follow Arabic script, this could cause you a little 'mushkillah'. Worry not! What follows is a list of the most common place names you are likely to need.

Remember, though, that very often a name will have ‘Al’ - ال - written in front of it – unless the name begins with a vowel in which case it looks like الا. Hence Al Imam is الامام whereas Al Riyadh (pronounced Ar-Riyadh) is الرياض

Abdul Aziz عبدالعزيز
Abdullah عبدالله
Abdul Rahman عبدالرحمن
Batha'a بطحاع
Dammam دمام
Dir'iyyah درعيه
Dirab ديراب
Dirah ديرة
Durma ضرما
Fahd فهد
Faisal فيصل
Ihsa إحساع
Imam امام
Izdihar اخدهار
Khaled خالد
Kharj خرج
King ملك
Khoreis خريص
Makkah المكرمة مكة
Malaz ملز
Manfouha منفوحة
Medinah المنورة مدينة
Mohammed محمد
Murabba مربع
Olaya عليا
Orouba عروبة
Prince / Amir امير
Qasr al Hokm الحكم قصر
Qassim قصيم
Riyadh رياض
Road طريق
Saud سعود
Saudi Arabia السعودية العربية
Suleimaniah سليمانية
Street شارع
Sultan سلطان
Turki تركي
Wazeer وخير

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