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I'm going to Dubai in few weeks so I'm trying to learn some basic phrases in arabic I thought it would be nice and polite as a tourist. I learned that "as-salamu alaykum" is the most common way to say hello, unless you are speaking with a friend when "marhaban" is used. Nevertheless I got impression that only muslims use "as-salamu alaykum" -phrase and the case is that I'm not a muslim. You can use it but immigration is the only time you are likely to have the opportunity. You may or may not get a reply as immigration officers all over the world seem to have a politeness bypass.
Almost everyone else you meet will not have Arabic as a first language. The staff that you meet in shops, hotels, taxis etc will be expat workers. Use it by all means but a simple Hello is your best bet as English is widely spoken and understood. Tripadvisor staff removed this post because it did not meet Tripadvisor's forum posting guidelines with prohibiting self-promotional advertising or solicitation. We ask all of our members to keep their forum messages free of self-promoting advertisements or solicitation of any kind - members affiliated with any tourism-related business should not include commercial contact information or URLs in their forum messages.
We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason. You can certainly use it if you meet any Arab as that means "Peace be upon you" and they will not be insulted. If you say it to an Emirati they will most certainly respond back to you wa alaykum al salam - meaning "peace be upon you too" as it is impolite not to respond in their culture to this greeting.
Everyone who lives in Dubai knows what asslamu alaikum means, you can certainly use it if you want to. It won't be offensive and people will perceive it as a friendly gesture. How are you? Response is hamdillah I've always found the immigration guys and girls to be very friendly. Just smile and don't worry about making a fool of yourself. It's a crappy job and most will be pleased you tried. This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity.
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