ABU DHABI // Arabic has 16 words for the various quantities of love between two different people, in line with The familiarity with Language, an Arabic guide by Abu Mans r al Tha’albi dating back to your century that is 11th.

No wonder someone from Oman may struggle to understand a visitor from the Maghreb, although each would say he was speaking Arabic with so much flexibility. And in the UAE, a melting pot for dialects from across the region and past, the distinctions may be a lot more frustrating.