Classical Arabic is the language of the Koran. A number of local Arabic dialects are used for spoken conversation in Saudi Arabia such as Hijazi (Western Province), Najdi (Central Province), and Khaliji (Eastern Province).
Useful Arabic words and phrases:
- God willing – Inshallah
- Welcome – Ahlan wa sahlan
- Hello – Marhaba
- How are you? – Kaif halak?
- Well – Tayyib; kuwais
- Please – Min fadlack
- Thanks – Shukran
- Yes – Naam
- No – La
- Sorry, excuse me – Mut-assif
- Good morning – Sabah ilkhair
- (reply) – Sabah ilnur
- Good evening – Masa’ ilkhair
- Goodbye – Ma’asalama
- Do you speak English? – Tatakallam inglizi?
- I don’t speak Arabic – Ma’ atakallam Arabi
- I do not know – Ma a’arif
- You honored us with your visit – Sharraftuna
- Due to the conservative nature of the Islamic religion and practice in Saudi Arabia, travelers are advised to observe the following dress code when in public places:
- Men should wear long pants. Shirts should not be open below the collar bone. For business meetings, a conservative suit is expected.
- Women are expected to dress conservatively. It is required to wear an Abaya, which is a long robe, usually black, that covers most of their body. Please select clothes that cover arms and shoulders, and opt for long trousers in place of shorts.
Meeting & Greeting
- A handshake is generally accepted form of meet and greet.
- Due to the conservative nature of the Saudi society, men and women are reserved in their interaction in public.
- It is common for a Saudi to greet each person individually with a handshake while standing. Close male counterparts kiss on each cheek.
- It is uncommon for men to shake hands with women, unless women offer their hand first.
- Always use the right hand when engaging in a handshake, as the left hand is considered impolite.
- In conversations with a Saudi, it is considered polite to engage in small talk; learning a few Arabic greetings would be well received.
The MiSK Global Forum will be held at Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center.
Participants can stay in hotels nearby the MiSK Global Forum venue including:
All participants are encouraged to book their hotel arrangements early.
- All arriving from outside Saudi Arabia should plan to arrive on Tuesday, 14 November 2017. Taxis from the airport to the forum venue, Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Center, should not exceed SAR 70 or around USD 20. Uber service is also available.
- For the purpose of the MiSk Global Forum, you will need to apply for a Business Visa.
- The passport MUST contain two blank visa pages side by side in order for the visa to be issued.
- A passport valid for at least six months. Final exit or exit/re-entry visas are required to leave Saudi Arabia, and you will need six months’ validity to request such a visa. You should have at least two months’ validity left when you depart.
- For more detailed information, please reach out to the nearest Saudi Arabia Consulate or Embassy near you or visit the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or other visa services, provider.