Taxi Tales Addendum

Forget the commercial guide books and phrase books. They don’t know what they’re saying. Lol. What we mean is, when you are in Riyadh, you need to immerse yourself in the place. If you’re out in the streets, you gotta talk their talk!

Here are some colloquial terms and phrases that will be handy when riding a cab in Riyadh, courtesy of Eyecandy, our official spokesperson when riding taxis:

ARABIC – ENGLISH

Inta aref (insert name of place)? or Inta ma’lloum (insert name of place)? – Do you know (insert name of place)?

COMMON PLACES

  • MushtashfaHospital
    Examples: Mushtashfa Askari – Military Hospital (also known as Riyadh-Al-Kharj Hospital or the Armed Forces Hospital), Mushtashfa Malik Faisal – King Faisal Hospital (KFSH&RC), Mushtashfa Malik Khaled – King Khaled Hospital, etc.
  • TariqStreet or road
    Examples: Tariq Malik Abdullah – King Abdullah Road, Tarik Malik Fahad – King Fahad Road, Tariq Olaya – Olaya Street, etc.
  • Souk – Market
    Examples: Souk Azizia – Azizia Market, Souk Tamimi – Tamimi Market, Souk Euromarche – Euromarche Supermarket)
  • Masjid – Mosque


HELPFUL PHRASES

Kam fulus?How much money?
AiwaYes
LaNo
MumkinPossibly
Istanee ShaweyaA minute
Mafi Mushkila!No problem!
Shukran Kateer!Thank you!
AfwanWelcome

DIRECTIONS

YameenRight
YassarLeft
Sida’aStraight
AlatoulGo
BasStop
Hina Here
ThaniNext
Ba’dAfter
GareebNear
BidHouse
Ba’eedFar

OTHERS

MukhaibAircon
SakrClose
IftaOpen
Sadik – Friend
OkuBrother

Here are the numbers:


Some taxi drivers know how to speak English, but just the basic ones so don’t expect to be understood when you launch into a litany of directions and places. Also, ask how much is the fare first before climbing into the cab. Near places (almost walking distance) go for SR 5 but the “basic” fare for other roads or streets is SR10. Surprisingly, even if gasoline prices here are rock bottom, taxi fares are steep. But because we’re Filipinos, we’re sure eveyone knows how to haggle so haggle! 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. SIGE pag punta ko dyan , dalhin ko copy netong blogpost mo, ahihihi!<br />pag hanap k toilet,<br />&quot;Inta aref toilet?<br />Shukran Kateer….&quot;<br />pasado na ba?hehe<br /><br />Sa french naman;<br /><br />Kamfulus is &quot;combien &quot;?

  2. Jeez, these taxi posts have released the paranoid android in me… well noted, I will NOT take a taxi if ever I find myself in Riyadh! 😉 Very useful posts btw.

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