#SOS4Gaza: Message in a Bottle

This is an advertising to solicit donations for Gaza. Young children from Gaza refugee camps talk about their dreams and hopes as they narrate about themselves. They realize that no one is listening to them so they decide to write a message expressing …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Ramadan Story – حكاية رمضان

This children’s song was created to depict several Ramadan traditions in the Middle East. The song depicts how children from a neighborhood get together to break their fast. The song does tell the “story of Ramadan” in the sense that it describes a typ …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Lebanese)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Hadeer Fan

Zain’s Ad for the Independence Day of Kuwait

This is an ad describing some of the emotions that Kuwaiti students feel when they are away from their country. For this interview, Zain traveled 4 continents, and interviewed 29 Kuwaiti’s who are living abroad. The one question that they were asked wa …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Kuwaiti)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Zain Kuwait

Eid Song

The clip of this Eid song shows some traditions in Qatar during Eid. The song presents many cultural aspects specifically from the Gulf area. The song is an excellent resource to be used to teach about cultural products and practices especially from Qa …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Qatari)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: QatarTVfans

Traditional Song: الحية بية

This song presents history and culture combined and  shows the traditional song “Hayya Beyya.” Children traditionally sing this song during the “Waqfa” time which is the day before the first day of the big Eid. This video shows how children make a plan …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Qatari)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: QatarTVfans

Qatari Arda – عرضات وطنية قطرية

Qatari ardat are usually performed by men and young boys during formal occasions. Men perform the Qatari dance with swords and rifles. The dance is a Qatari traditional dance, and is performed in patterned and synchronized hand and body moves. Either t …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Qatari)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: QatarTVfans

Amdhy – a Song About Qatar by Fahd El Hajjaji

This is a song performed by Fahd El Hajjaji about Qatar. The song describes the country showing clips of its main landmarks and people. The lyrics and the music are very beautiful to the ears. The song encourages the youth to study and to excel in life …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Qatari)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: QatarTVfans

We Are All Qatar – قسماً كلّنا قطر

This video was made by Qtel celebrating Qatar’s national day.  The video is about the dreams that Qatari children have for their country. They describe how they see Qatar becoming in the future. From speaking about the 2022 FIFA World Cup to becoming n …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Gulf (Qatari)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qtel Qatar

Dounia Batma (Arab Idol)

This is an introduction and audition for the singer Dounia Batma on Arab Idol. This clip has been used by many teachers to develop lessons on Moroccan traditional dresses and hobbies. The clip is very appealing to students in middle and high schools as …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Egyptian, Gulf, Levantine, North African ( Egyptian, Emirati, Lebanese, Moroccan)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: MBC GROUP

QNB Legacy, 50 years of Excellence

This video narrates how the Qatari National Bank came to be. Many of the executive board members of the Bank narrate the story of the bank: how was it started, and how much it coasted to do so. This is very suitable to teach narration, specifically in …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Gulf (Qatari)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Qatar National Bank Group

Fatafeat Ad to Prevent Hunger

This is an ad from Fatafeat to prevent hunger. It is a heartbreaking video that shows conditions of refugees in camps. This clip is approximately 3 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Fatafeat

Little Chefs Ramadan

This is an from the Qatar National Bank. It shows ways to make Arabic cookies known as  “maamoul.” This video could be used in a food unit.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary
Institution/Provider: Qatar National Bank Group

دعاية ملف قطر لكأس العالم 2022

This is an ad to help support Qatar for bidding on the 2022 Fifa World Cup. The ad could be used to teach numbers and show some beautiful traditional costumes and architecture in Qatar. This video is one minute long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Qatari)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: WorldCupQatar

Why Do We Like Arabic?

This YouTube video presents a group of Arab young guys talking about why they like to study and speak Arabic. Different dialects are featured in this short clip. The length of the video is approximately 2 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Google Arabia

Hobbies in Shami Dialect

The speaker in this YouTube video showcases various hobbies in Syria. He explains what were his hobbies as a child, teenager, and adult. He also mentions common places associated with his hobbies. The length of this video is approximately a minute and …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Baddi Tkoon (Song)

This video can be used to teach useful keywords and expressions to students. The song is presented in the dialect of the Levant and it is appropriate for Arabic I. Some of the expressions include “I want you to be…”

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Lina Sleibi

Jary Ya Jary

This is a nice show for  teaching North African dialects. Every episode features cultural and other discussions between speakers of various North African dialects. This show is good for advanced level Arabic language learners.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: North African (Algerian, Libyan, Mauritanian, Moroccan, Tunisian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Medi1TB

Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighbourhood

This film tells the story of a Palestinian kid living in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem . The film shows the suffering that he faces with his family under the Israeli occupation. His life is followed for 2 years.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Guardian

Syria Behind the Lines

This political film speaks about the war in Syria. Both views of the war are presented. It is a  good reference film for high school and university students.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: WGBH Educational Foundation

Holidays in Syria

The speaker in this YouTube video talks about holidays in Syria. He explains how there are Islamic holidays and Christians holidays. The length of this video is approximately 2 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Palestinian Dictionary

This is a funny clip about an American student that wants to learn the Palestinian dialect. He finds it very hard to learn and he runs away. The video is a good source that shows some cultural aspects of Palestine.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Palestinian Dialects

In this YouTube video, students will be introduced to different dialects from Palestine and how each of them are associated with a specific regional culture. Students will learn how much diverse is the Arabic language within one country. The length of …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Bokra Site

Arabic Dialects Dictionary

Mo3jam is a website that include thousands of  colloquial  Arabic expressions. The dictionary features various Arabic dialects. Users can add their favorite expressions on the website. 

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Egyptian, Gulf, Levantine, North African | (Algerian, Bahraini, Egyptian, Emirati, Iraqi, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Libyan, Moroccan, Omani, Palestinian, Qatari, Saudi, Sudanese, Syrian, Tunisian, Yemeni)
Media Format: Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Movie – 475

This film tells the story of  Amina Filali who committed suicide in Morocco after she was forced to marry her rapist. This movie shows  the social issues that Moroccan women face. This is a good film for high school and university students.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: North African (Moroccan)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

My Escape From Syria: Europe or Die (Short Film)

This film tells the story of Ismail who left Syria because of the War. The destination of Ismail and the rest of the refugees was Europe. It is a great movie to show students the suffering of the immigrants who were forced to leave their country.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Films for Action

Days of Glory (Movie)

This is a well done WWII movie about Algerian soldiers fighting and dying in the liberation of France. The film depicts these Algerian soldiers suffering discrimination within the army and in French society. The film contains graphic combat and sexual …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, French
Dialect: North African (Algerian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University
Institution/Provider:

Trip of a Syrian Family to Germany

The following film tells the story of a Syrian family as it attempts to reach Germany. The Guardian newspaper followed the family along the trip. This is an excellent movie to reflect on the situation of Syrian refugees. .

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: The Guardian

Months of the Year Song

This is a children’s song about the months of the year.  The song is presented in the Egyptian dialect. And it is approximately 2 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Egyptian
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Ibrahim Koshib

Syrian Children on the Front-Line

This documentary film is about the civil war in Syria and how it  changed the life of the children over there. The video comes from a program by journalist and filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen. The length of the video is approximately 50 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Syrian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Insaan Rights Watch

عاشت لنا الكويت

This song features many singers from around that Arab world. The artists sing the famous song, “Long Live Kuwait.” The video was made in honor of the Kuwaiti national holiday.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Kuwaiti)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: M2R Media

Gulf Bank Kuwait Flash Mob

This flash mob was made to imitate how people in the past used to chant and pray for the pearl divers to come back from their mission. Kuwait was known for its pearl diving, and there were certain traditions and chants that were associated with this jo …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Kuwaiti)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Gulf Bank

Zain Kuwait Flashmob

This video shows a flash mob that Zain conducted in one of the Kuwaiti malls. The video presents the very old songs that were created in the 80s for Kuwait, and brings many memories. The video is suitable to teach the Kuwaiti dialect, people’s characte …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Kuwaiti)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Zain Kuwait

National Bank of Kuwait – Ramadan Futoor 2011

This video is presented by the National Bank of Kuwait and features a song about Ramadan. The song mentions some of the typical foods that Kuwaiti’s eat during Ramadan( هريس، يريش، كبسة، صب الجفجة). This song could be used in a food unit and is suitabl …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Kuwaiti)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Bank of Kuwait

اطفال المهجر

This episode of اطفال المهجر features that story of a Palestinian girl named Iman. In the video, Iman talks about her family and daily schedule. The length of this episode is approximately 14 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Sarah All-Gory

YOYO – Eid Song

The theme of this song is the Islamic month of Ramadan. The song features children singing about Ramadan and shows Eid traditions. The length of the song is approximately 3 minutes long.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Hadeer Production

#SOS4GAZA Reaches Mohammed Assaf

This short clip from the UNRWA features Mohammed Assaf as part of its campaign to promote help for Gaza. The video aims to raise awareness about the situation in Gaza through children’s perspectives. The video features children from Gaza and their aspi …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: UNRWA

رمضان السنة دي

The theme of this song is the Islamic month of Ramadan. The song features children singing in many Arabic dialects. The length of the song is approximately 4 minutes long.  

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, French
Dialect: Egyptian
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Afya Oil

This is a Moroccan musical ad for Afya oil. The clip lists a few of the ingredients in the oil. This ad runs for 30 seconds. Teachers can use this ad for many types of activities.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: North African (Moroccan)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Tho7a

انضم ل “محمد عساف” سفير الأونروا للشباب في مساعدة لاجئي فلسطين

This ad was done by the UNRWA and seeks aid for Palestinian refugees. The ad features Mohammed Assaf speaking in the Palestinian dialect. Teachers can use this ad to discuss how ads are made among many other things.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: UNRWA

خرابيش كوميدي

This YouTube page provides a variety of  funny short film clips about different aspects of the Arab culture. The clips are presented in collections, covering many themes. Then length of the clips range from 1-15 minutes.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Jordanian, Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: خرابيش كوميدي

Aamiya Arabiya

This YouTube channel provides authentic materials to teach the students the Jordanian dialect. The videos introduce various aspects of Jordanian and Arab culture. The videos focus on various themes.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Levantine (Jordanian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Aamiya Arabiya

Arabic Online

The following units designed for advanced Arabic language learners are provided by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. The units feature authentic texts and audio/video excerpts. While the majority of the u …

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Egyptian
Media Format: Streaming Audio, Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Western Michigan University

Talk in Arabic

In this website, users can access paid and free content. Currently, the site offers resources in 8 different dialects of Arabic. The content is expanded on and improved every week so there is always fresh material available. Some of the listening mater …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Egyptian, Gulf, Levantine, North African ( Algerian, Iraqi, Levantine, Moroccan, Saudi, Sudanese, Tunisian)
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: TalkInArabic

“With Him” – Amr Diab

This blog  presents a beautiful song by Amr Diab . The song is entitled “ويــَّــاه ” which means “With Him.” A direct link to the song on YouTube is provided along with the lyrics. The blog compares Egyptian Arabic to Modern Standard Arabic using the …

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Egyptian
Media Format: Streaming Video, Webpage
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Arabic Language Blog

Every Day Arabic – Lebanon

This link  has a short clip that has been taken from a famous TV show called “Mafi-Metlo”. The clip demonstrates how to ask important questions using the Lebanese dialect. It also covers other questions that are helpful while shopping.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Lebanese)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: Everyday Arabic

هذا هو الكويتي

This song is a courtesy of National Bank of Kuwait. It describes the main characteristics of a Kuwaiti citizen. The song is good for teaching personal characteristics (advanced learners). The songs uses the phrase هذا هو الكويتي throughout the song.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Kuwaiti)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Bank of Kuwait

Ramparts of Clay (Movie)

Ramparts of Clay features the story of a young woman confronting gender discrimination. She plays a role in a strike by salt miners in a remote village in southern Algeria. The length of this film is approximately an hour and a half.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, French
Dialect: North African (Algerian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Budrus (Documentary)

This documentary focuses on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It depicts the Israeli separation barrier, non-violence in political activism, and gender roles on both sides of the conflict. The length of this film is approximately an hour and a half. 

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English, Other
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Arna’s Children (Documentary)

This is Juliano Mer Khamis’ documentary on his mother, Arna. An activist against the Israeli occupation, Arna founded an alternative education system for Palestinian children. The length of this documentary film is approximately an hour and a half.

Language of Presentation: Arabic, English
Dialect: Levantine (Palestinian)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider:

Eid Mubarak from NBK

This is a short ad made for Eid. This video could be used to teach words and phrases used in Kuwait to communicate regarding Eid. Such words include:   عيد مبارك and أعطينا عيدية.

Language of Presentation: Arabic
Dialect: Gulf (Kuwaiti)
Media Format: Streaming Video
School Level: College/University, Elementary, Middle/High School
Institution/Provider: National Bank of Kuwait