What variety of Arabic for Saudi Arabia/U.A.E./Yemen do we need for written material translation?
Thread poster: EquipoMundial

Local time: 15:10
Jun 16, 2014

Our agency is taking on English to Arabic translation for the first time for a client targeting the markets of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen region. Is the written Arabic for these regions all the same? What is the exact variety or varieties of Arabic that we will need when choosing a translator?

Thank you very much for any help you can provide.

It's much appreciated.

[Edited at 2014-06-16 04:57 GMT]

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[Edited at 2014-06-16 05:02 GMT]


Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
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MS Arabic Jun 16, 2014

All Arab countries use Modern Standard Arabic for written communications.
There are special cases where the client requires colliquial language variants, such as dubbing for a local community of a specific country. But as a rule, MS Arabic is the needed variant, and it's offered by the vast majority of Arabic translators.
Targetting a specific culture is something different, though. MS Arabic is still used here, but other considerations are taken into account.


Local time: 15:10
Thanks Jun 17, 2014

Thank you, Noura! I really appreciate your help.


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