SAUDI ARABIA

  • GOOGLE TRANSLITERATION

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    Okay, so we know Google Translate has been around since mmmm forever, but sometimes you just want to transliterate – i.e a word directly without translation. Check out

    http://www.google.com/ta3reeb/ or http://www.google.com/intl/ar/inputtools/try/

    Both are Google driven and run English to Arabic direct transliteration – however you can do pretty much any language. Pretty cool huh.

    Happy Transliterating.

  • HOMOPHONES

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: ESL, Saudi Arabia

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    Homophones

    Got to love them if you’ve ever taught ESL .. found a cool image list on the net some time ago. Not my work and I can’t remember the authors blog – so full credit to anon.

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  • TEACHING ENGLISH IN SAUDI ARABIA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

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    A fascinating paper written by Mohd. Mahib ur Rahman and Eid Alhaisoni entitled “Teaching English in Saudi Arabia: Challenges and Prospects”.

    A must read for anyone teaching ESL in Saudi.

    Click here for the PDF

    Credits – http://www.savap.org.pk/journals/ARInt./Vol.4(1)/2013(4.1-11).pdf

  • SAUDI ARABIA – REGISTRATION FOR NEW BORN

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    Hello World – On the 10th March 2014 at 09:11AM our beautiful daughter Zayna was born, at Al Mana General Hospital in Hofuf, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.

    Along with the excitement of our new bundle of joy comes the paper work to process since being born in Saudi. I hope you will find the below a little helpful of going through the process.

    On Birth:

    At the hospital they will provide you a notification of birth and a vaccination card. The “On birth”  sectionshould have been completed. Get the notification of birth document stamped at the hospital (there are 3 stamps needed and it should take a day or 2 so you might need to come back). They will also ask for copies of the parents Iqama’s (Residence Cards) so keep that on hand.

    Birth Certificate:

    Next up you will need to visit the Ministry of Interior (Update: You may be required to make an appointment now online). There is a window (In Al Ahsa – Window #5) for Non-Saudi’s (Notification of Birth – Non-Saudi) have the following documentation ready:

    – Completed application form – this you will receive at the ministry and is in Arabic – so have someone help you with this one
    – Bring along the following documents.
    – Parent’s Passports (originals and copies)
    – Parent’s Iqamas (originals and copies)
    – Parent’s marriage certificate (originals and copies)
    – Notification of birth (originals and copies)

    Don’t expect the teller to speak any English but they might speak a little broken English. Immediately they will print an Arabic Birth Certificate. It’s free. Once completed you will need to get in stamped by the security and the ministry official – they usually in the same building.

    Passport:

    Next up you need to visit the South African Embassy in Riyadh (or consular in Jeddah). We went to Riyadh details are:

    South African Embassy
    King Khalid Road
    Um Al-Hammam East
    Riyadh

    Tel: + 966 1 442 9718
    Tel: + 966 1 442 9719
    Tel: + 966 1 442 9720
    Fax: + 966 1 442 9708
    Fax: + 966 1 442 9712

    GPS Co-ordinates – 24.668345, 46.663892 or 24°40’06.0″N 46°39’50.0″E

    Gentleman in charge is Vinesh / Vuyo and their manager is Lesley.

    Have the following documents ready:

    – Completed application form – this you will receive at the embassy (BI-24 / DHA-529 / BI-73)
    – Bring along the following documents.
    – Parent’s Passports (originals and copies)
    – Parent’s Iqamas (originals and copies)
    – Parent’s marriage certificate (originals and copies)
    – Notification of birth (originals and copies)
    – Parents ID Books (originals and copies)
    – Birth Certificate – Needs to be translated into English by an approved translator
    – Passport photos (35mm x 44mm) – Keep 8 just in case (only 4 was used)

    Checklist is here.

    Note: you can apply for a temporary passport which is issued immediately at SR100 – Permanent one is SR223.

    Note 2: Most taxi’s don’t like to visit embassies and those that do might be expensive. Negotiate

    Note 3: Get the taxi’s number so you can call him when you done.

    Note 4: Expect the process for temp passport to take about 4 hours – Embassy times are from 08:30 to 16:00 so start early.

    Iqama:

    Lastly is the Iqama.

    Visit the Passport office (Jawasat)

    In Al Ahsa > Foreign Section > Window 11 – Gentlemen’s name is Waleed – keep the following documentation ready:

    – Completed application form – this you will receive at the ministry and is in Arabic – so have someone help you with this one
    – Bring along the following documents.
    – Parent’s Passports (originals and copies)
    – Parent’s Iqamas (originals and copies)
    – Notification of birth (originals and copies)
    – Passport of baby (Temporary or Permanant)
    – Birth Certificate

    Note: they will ask to register the dependant on the mother or father’s profile. I chose the father as I’m registered with Ministry of Interior online (https://www.moi.gov.sa) – so I can use the e-services of visa and exit/re-entry etc.

    Don’t expect the teller to speak any English but they might speak a little broken English. Immediately they will print an Iqama. It’s free.

    Wooooh … And you all done.

    Other:

    Contact Details:

    Jeddahj@dirco.gov.za

    khans3@dirco.gov.za 

    sterleym@dirco.gov.za

    http://www.dfa.gov.za/foreign/sa_abroad/sas.htm

  • MOBILY DETAILS REGISTRATION AND ACTIVATION

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    Okay as per new law all Saudi mobile networks need to update their mobile phone SIM cards and link them to a VISA/Iqama (Residence) or ID (Citizen) number.

    If you on Mobily and would like to register your SIM check out the attached guide where you can DIY. All you need is:

    – ID Type,
    – ID Number
    – SIM Card Number
    – PUK 2
    – and a scanned copy of your ID.

    Review the comprehensive guide here.

    Credits to: http://sriwangi.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/SIM_Registration_and_Activation_-_MOBILY_v10_-_DOWNLOAD.6470623.pdf

  • ARABIC PLEASANTARIES FOR DUMMIES

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Arabic, Saudi Arabia

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    Are you sometimes confused by Islamic pleasantaries? What does Mashaa-Allah or Inshaa-Allah mean? This post will help you brush up on your arabic pleasantaries as well as learn new ones 🙂  Most Arabic pleasantaries are also duas.

    Assalaamu ‘Alaikum

    A greeting made upon meeting a Muslim
    Translation: Peace be upon you

    Wa’alaikum Assalaam
    The response to the greeting above
    Translation: And peace be upon you

    Assalaamu ‘Alaikum wa rahmatullah
    A lengthier formal greeting/supplication to a Muslim
    Translation: May the peace and mercy of Allah be upon you

    Wa’alaikum Assalaam wa rahmatullah
    A response to the formal greeting/supplication above
    Translation: And may the peace and mercy of Allah be upon you

    Assalaamu ‘Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh 
    A formal greeting to a Muslim with additional supplications
    Translation: May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you

    Wa’alaikum Assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh 
    A response to the formal greeting to a Muslim above
    Translation: And may the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be upon you

    Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim 
    Before beginning an action [from the Sunnah]
    Translation: In the name of Allah, most Gracious most Merciful

    JazakAllah Khairan
    An expression of thanks or gratitude
    Translation: May Allah reward you with good
    (Reply: Wa iyak(i), wa iyakum; Translation: And you)

    BarakAllahu feekum or Allah baraka feek(i) 
    Responding to someone’s thanks/a way of expressing thanks
    Translation: May Allah bless you
    (Reply: Wa feek(i), Wa feekum; Translation: And you)

    HayakAllah or HayakumAllah
    Translation: May Allah prolong you in life/may Allah preserve you
    (Reply: Allah ye-hayeek(i); Translation: Allah increase you as well)

    Subhanallah 
    For expressing surprise (positive or negative) at something
    Translation: Glory be to Allah

    Inshaa’ Allah 
    Upon expressing a desire to do something
    Translation: If Allah wills/Through Allah’s will

    Bi’ithnillah
    Another means of expressing a desire to do something
    Translation: By the permission of Allah

    Astaghfirullah 
    Seeking forgiveness or repentance for sins before Allah
    Translation: I ask Allah for forgiveness

    Mashaa’ Allah 
    For expressing appreciation of something good
    Translation: As Allah has willed

    Alhamdulillah 
    For showing gratitude to Allah after success or even after completing anything
    Translation: Praise be to Allah

    Ameen 
    To be said at the end of a supplication (du’a in singular form, ad’iyah in plural)
    Translation: O Allaah, accept our invocation

    SallAllahu ‘alayhi wa salaam
    A supplication following the name of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
    Translation: Peace and blessings be upon him (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam)

    ‘Alayhi salaam
    A supplication following the name of a Prophet or Messenger
    Translation: Peace and blessings be upon him (‘alayhis salaam)

    RadhiAllahu ‘Anhu 
    A supplication following the name of male companion [Sahabi] of the Prophet
    Translation: May Allah be pleased with him (radhiAllahu ‘anhu)

    RadhiAllahu ‘Anha 
    A supplication following the name of female companion [Sahabiyah] of the Prophet
    Translation: May Allah be pleased with her (radhiAllahu ‘anhu)

    RadhiAllahu ‘Anhum
    A supplication following the names of the companions [Sahaba] of the Prophet
    Translation: May Allah be pleased with them (radhiAllahu ‘anhu)

    Innaa lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji’oon 
    This is uttered as an expression upon hearing the news of some loss or death
    Translation: To Allah we belong and to Him is our return

    La hawla wala quwata illah billah 
    This is said to express reverence at the fact that true power lies with Allah alone
    Translation: There is no strength nor power except with Allah

    Tawakkal-tu-‘ala-Allah – I have put my trust in Allah
    Tawkkalna-‘ala-Allah – We have put our trust in Allah

    Rahimahullah – Allah have mercy on him

    A’udhu-bi-Allah – I seek refuge in Allah

    Fi sabeel illah – For the sake of Allah

    Ittaqillah – Fear Allah

    Credit to: http://muslimahlifestyle.com/arabic-pleasantaries-for-dummies/

  • TEACHING INFOGRAPHIC

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: ESL, Saudi Arabia

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    Interesting infograhic about teachers from BusyTeacher.org

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    Full size image click here

    Happy Teaching …

  • HAJJ AND UMRAH POSTERS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Arabic, Islamic, Saudi Arabia

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    Hajj and Umrah Posters

    Beautifully displayed I must add from http://www.islamicposters.co.uk/

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    Download Hi-Res versions below (5MB):

    Hajj

    Umrah

    Repost from http://myummah.co.za/site/2010/10/12/beautiful-simple-umrahhajj-posters/

  • SAUDI FAMILY VISIT VISA

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    Here’s the process for applying a family visa in Saudi Arabia.

    Step 0:
    I’m assuming you are on a Saudi work visa, and you have an Iqaama with a profession that allows family members to visit.

    Step 1:
    Apply on the ministry of foreign affairs website (MOFA) – http://www.mofa.gov.sa click on Travel to Saudi or https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/visaServices/OtherPersonsServices

    Click on Resident and click on Family visit visa. There’s 4 steps to complete. You require the following information:
    – Company Name
    – Company trading number (registration number)
    – Your visa number (on your passport on the Saudi work visa)
    – Your Iqaama number and expiry date
    – Your families details (name, relation, age, country, capital etc.) (ensure it’s captured correctly)

    Note: I recommend you get the company government representative to help you complete to ensure no issues.

    At the end of the application you will receive a reference number and print of the confirmation letter.

    Step 2:
    Have the company (HR) stamp the confirmation letter,

    Step 3:
    Get an additional stamp from municipality – Chamber of Commerce (Costs SR35),

    Step 4:
    View the application process status online https://visa.mofa.gov.sa/visaServices/OtherPersonsServices,

    – Applications usually take about 10 days
    – If the application is successful continue to step 5 else

    Step 5:
    You may need to visit the MOFA office in Jeddah, Riyadh or Dammam to confirm your identity or show your Iqaamah – note a company representative (PR Office) can also do this for you – there’s also some general services offices that offer the service from about SR100 onwards.

    Step 6:
    Once approved – send the reference number to the local visa agent in your country and the visa will be issues. For South Africans I use ADDA

  • ARABIC NUMBERS IN OFFICE 2010

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: PC, Saudi Arabia

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    Working in Saudi, we need to adapt to using the Saudi keyboard and numerals. When installing MS Office 2010 by default (after installing the Arabic Keyboard in Windows) – Arabic text is displayed correctly, however Arabic numerals are typed in the base language i.e. English. To fix …

    In Word 2010:

    – Go to File > Options > Advanced.

    – Scroll down to the Show document content section – you will find the Numeral option. Set it to Context.

    Screenshot

    – and you done …

    Happy typing …