By: Dr. Ali Mohamad
Over the past decade as an Arabic content consultant in the GCC region, I have been asked by hundreds of clients to translate some content into “Saudi Arabic” or “Arabic of Dubai”. On a few occasions, I was even asked to rewrite some Arabic content written in “Lebanese Arabic” into “Emirati Arabic”. If my tone of voice hasn’t already told you that there is no such a thing as local registers in Arabic language, here it is: There is no such a thing as local registers in Arabic language.
But in my clients’ defense, it is our fault as Arabic linguists that such information is not available for non-Arabic speakers. So here is my two cents.