Arabic Translation Services with an African Twist


Arabic Translation


Our Arabic language translation service offers you a simple, one-stop solution for all your needs. We cover all countries, all dialects, all formats, all deadlines, all sectors and all requirements – we are proud of our abilities and always keen to support clients with any request.

We have a fantastic team of linguists working in tandem with a world-class Project Management team to ensure we deliver your translation as it should be – perfect.

For exceptional Arabic translation services, look no further.

We cover all sectors including:

  • Legal
  • Financial
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Advertising
  • Technology
  • Government

To discuss your particular needs, please get in touch and one of the team can talk you through your options, pricing, etc.

Professional Arabic translators

All our translators are professionals. They are qualified, experienced, tried-and-tested linguists with a passion for translation. All come with particular sector experience and knowledge. This allows us to pair specific translators with specific jobs; so for oil & gas we have a specific team, for education another, for banking yet another and so on. This ensures we have the best people working on your particular translation needs.

Our translators are based both in and out of country. In-country translators are great in terms of having people on the ground but sometimes due to political/cultural sensitivities we have to appoint a member of our team from outside the country. Similarly, sometimes we need translators with an understanding of British, American, etc. culture, slang or legal terms and therefore we use our linguists living outside of the country of their origin.

Quick Facts
  • Alternate names & spellings: Classical Arabic (CA), Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), Modern Literary Arabic or Literary Arabic, and Al- Fusha.
  • Language ISO code: ar/ara
  • Number of speakers:  over 250 million native speakers
  • Writing system: It is derived from the Nabataean´s variant of the Aramaic script, one of the major Semitic scripts.  Its writing system is split into three different forms: Classical Arabic (Quranic Arabic), Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic.
Where is it spoken?

The Arabic language is spoken in:

a) African countries: Algeria, Chad (co-official, along with French), Comoros (official along, with French and Comorian), Djibouti (co-official, along with French), Egypt, Eritrea, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia (co-official, along with Somali), Sudan, Tanzania (widely in Zanzibar) and Tunisia.

b) Non-African countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates and  Yemen.

About Arabic

Today the Arabic language is one of the most spoken languages in world. It has roughly 250 million speakers and it is mainly spread throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. With 1.6 billion followers around the world (23% of the world population), Arabic is not only the language of Islam, but also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It is also the official language of 22 countries, which are also members of the Arab League, a regional organization with countries that have Arabic as an official language.

The Arabic language, originated on the Arabian Peninsula, is a Central Semitic language that belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family. Semitic language family developed in the Mediterranean region, more specifically in the area of the Euphrates and the Tigris rivers and also in the coastal areas of the Levant. In addition to Arabic, this language family includes languages such as Hebrew, Aramaic, Maltese, Amharic Tigrinya, Geez and Punic among others.

Although most of these Semitic languages are now extinct or are used only in very specific contexts, the rise of Islam has caused the spread and strengthening of the Arabic language throughout the world. 100 years after the introduction of the Qur´an, the language became the official language of the Arabic empire and it continued expanding with the spreading of the Islam through the world.

The language has three different forms: Classical Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic. The first form is the one found in the Qur´an and it is only used for reading and reciting text from the Qur´an. The second form is the official language of all the Arabic countries. This official form provides a form understood by all the speakers from different countries and it is the form used by the media, art and literature. This is the form used by Arabic-speaking people that speak different dialects. Finally, the Colloquial Arabic refers to each Arabic dialect.

Arabic Dialects

There are a wide range of dialects but the most important Arabic dialects are:

  • Levantine Arabic: the Lebanese Arabic, the Iraqi Arabic, the Palestinian Arabic, etc. 
  • Arabian Arabic: mainly spoken in Saudi Arabia, this dialect can be divided into sub-dialects as the Gulf Arabic. 
  • African Arabic: Egyptian Arabic (one of the most common spoken Arabic dialects) the Algerian, the Moroccan/Maghrebi, the Sudanese and the Tunisian.

Speakers of different regions do not understand each other when using their respective dialects and use the Standard form to communicate.

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