Best 4 Arabic Translation Tools!

Living in the Middle East, you might have issues from time to time if you can’t speak or understand Arabic. Legal documents, traffic fines, contracts, etc might all be in Arabic and there would always be a need to either learn Arabic ( Its tough! ) or Hire a Arabic translator to back you up.

Its always great to have free tools around to help us in hard times but having too many tools puts the person in dilemma not knowing which tool to trust. The best way to tackle this would be go through some reviews and get started.

Although its always best to hire a human arabic translator, there are more than a few great Arabic translation tools out there and my aim is to help you decide which one to use. I will take sample text and paste then across different tools and see which one returns the best results.

Hire Arabic Translator

No matter how many tools you try, I know it for a fact that you will never get anything perfect because computers can understand words but understanding the context of the document, article or sentence is something only humans can do. Get started by finding some of the best Arabic to English translators here;

Now lets get started with some of the Best and Free arabic translation tools. I have selected a paragraph that has a few repeating words with different context so see how smart these tools are.

Top 4 Free Arabic Translation Tools

#1 – Google Translate

English to Arabic Translation

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The arabic translation says I “cant” pay someone to do it. I want to hire, but I can’t really pay. The word “charge” was translated correctly but not accurately. It translated “charge” as in charging a mobile or any other electronic device. Finally, the paragraph is incomplete and ends with out the object and doesn’t define what exactly is needed.

Should you use it ? Yeah! but never rely on it.

Arabic to English Translation

Now lets try the other way around. I have translated the text in Arabic manually but lets see how well can the tool translate.

Best Arabic to English translation tool

A few minor mistakes but works very well and would definitely do the job.

#2 – Babylon Translator

English to Arabic Translation

Babylon English to Arabic translation

The translation is incomplete and hard to understand. However, it was smart enough to understand and identify the tool’s name ( Microsoft Word ) and did not translate it. 

Arabic to English Translation

Babylon Arabic to English Translation

A little more than a few minor mistakes. The reader might not get the translation at first but its almost there.

#3 – SystraNET Arabic translator

English to Arabic Translation

Systranet English to Arabic translation

The translation is meaning less. I would never use this tool again knowing how bad it is.

Arabic to English Translation

SYSTRANet Arabic to English translation

This makes no sense too but I find it quite funny. I might be using it over the weekend with my little brother to have a little fun.

#4 – Bing Arabic Translator

Bing English to Arabic Translation 

Bing English to Arabic Translation

It translated “instructions” instead of “help” implying that I only need a little guidance but I can do the translation myself. It also translated “someone pays” instead of “pay someone”. Next, it says “how much will you accuse” instead of “how much (money) will you charge”. Lastly, its incomplete. A complete translation would mention the object again in the end of the sentence i.e. “how quickly can you complete THE WORK” while the translation ends The translation says: “how fast can you complete”

Bing Arabic to English Translation

Bing English TranslatorThis is pretty accurate. I would definitely rate this as the best Arabic to English translator.

The results

I have mentioned a couple of times above but I’d like to mention it again, hire a translator! They aren’t really expensive and could give you quality work. A student in Egypt would cost you a few buks for every 50 to 100 words but if you were to use a free arabic translation tool, I’d prefer to use Google for English to Arabic and Bing for Arabic to English translations.

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Why you’re not filling your Social Media Job

One of the top requested skills in the Middle East is Social Media, both for full time and freelance positions. In this post we discuss why it’s becoming harder to fill that position and how you can successfully fill your social media requirements if you are a business in the UAE or greater Arab Region.

1. Social Media is a very broad term:

Decide WHAT the person needs to be doing exactly.  Will they be creating content that will sit on social media sites? Will they need to make sense of the numbers from social media? Will they be creating and running social media advertising?

2. Secondary Skillsets:

  • If creating content – you may need someone who is bilingual.  Consider a Translator or Writer
  • If you need to optimize performance and want to understand analytics – you might find similar skills in a person who understands Google Analytics or has performed analytics for in house company data
  • If you need someone to run social media advertising and campaigns – you probably need someone to design the ads and other propietary photos / videos to share.  Consider a graphic designer to deliver this content for you

3. Multiple language Social Media

One of the unique factors in the Middle East is the fact that people use social media in their native tongue (Arabic) but can perform any other aspect of business on and offline in English.  Because of this, many companies decide to make each of their posts bilingual, posting both arabic and english at the same time. There are of course many other languages spoken in the Middle East (french, farsi, hindi, urdu etc) but the majority of times, arabic and english are the preferred languages.

You will find it hard to source a person who has equally strong language skills AND is proficient at the different skillsets mentioned above. Those types of people are in extremely high demand and very limited supply.

So what can you do to solve this problem? If you’re not finding a person you may decide to outsource to a dedicated company who can handle it for you.  Another more recent solution is from Qordoba.  Qordoba is a fast growing translation company and has just launched its social media translation package with affordable tiered rates.


You can either:

  • create your english social media updates in bulk and manually send them to Qordoba for translation
  • post as you would normally, Qordoba monitors your accounts and automatically translates and posts for you in real time

The benefit of using Qordoba is that it allows you to have the best of both worlds at a great price, allowing you to get started with your social media quicker.

Nabbeshers who are posting jobs, get a 10% discount for the rest of June when using Qordoba Social Translation

Email: and use “nabbesh offer”  in the subject line

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