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In addition to the generally-common greetings shown in the previous post, Gulf Arabs (especially those in the "lower Gulf" region of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman) also use:
"halla" or "yaa halla bik" (bikum for plural or formal recipients)
PS: Simple greetings are rarely simple or short (especially those used in the Aarbian Gulf countries). They often and customarily involve "politeness formulas" or ritual exchanges of expressions and reciprocal evocations (See articles by the late Charles Ferguson)
Regards from Los Angeles,
S. H. Franke
Field notes. Works by Bruce Ingham, Tom Johnstone, Sir Dennis Hawley
shfranke United States Local time: 08:59 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 336
'Peace be upon you,' has been THE (simple) Arab greeting since time immemorial. Everywhere in the Arab and Islamic worlds this greeting is understood by EVERYBODY. All the other forms (marahaba, hala beek, etc) are less classical and definitely less known.
Peace be upon U 2.
Ghassan Ghosn Local time: 18:59 Native speaker of: Arabic PRO pts in pair: 50