* These are 1. Arabic 2. Translation 3. English equivalent 4. Explanation

من فوق هلا هلا ومن تحت يعلم الله.1
2. Don't judge a book by its cover.
4. Never judge things on their appearances.


مشيت ومشيت وما رد راسي الا البيت .1
2. I wandered and wandered around, yet nothing made me yearn but home.
3. East or West ... Home is the Best


العياب طلاب واقف عند الباب .1
2. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones 
3. We should not criticize other people for things we do ourselves.




Once, there was a very beautiful girl whose mother had died when she was still young. The girl grew up with her stepmother and her stepmother’s two daughters in a small fishing village. Years went by and the girl was very unhappy, she was always treated very badly and had to do all the house work.

One day the Sheikh decided that his son should be married. He called the townspeople to a gathering at his house so that families could present their daughters. The stepmother dressed up her two daughters in the most beautifully coloured dishdashas for the event. Horrible as she was, she ordered her stepdaughter to clean the house from top to bottom and prepare their food. Before leaving she mixed a sack of wheat and rice together and ordered the girl, “Don’t stop cleaning till you have sorted all the rice seed from the wheat.”

The girl begged, “Oh, please let me come to the Sheikh’s house!”

The Stepmother refused. then left with her daughters.

The poor girl stayed at home working and crying. When she had cleaned the house from top to bottom, she began to prepare fish for dinner. She took one from a bucket, grabbed the sharpest knife in the house and was about to fillet it when it opened its mouth and said: “Please. Save me.” It gasped “I can make you rich”. Surprised, the girl replied through her tears: “But how can you, a fish make me rich?” The fish gasped: “Please save me, and I promise I will make you rich”. The girl felt sorry for the fish. She put down the sharpest knife in house and carried the fish to the sea where she let it go.

The girl went back to separating the rice from the wheat. Then she heard someone calling at the door “Hod hod!” The girl turned around to see a beautiful woman beside her. The woman spoke, “As a reward for letting me go you shall have your wish, you will have the most beautiful dishdasha and fine sandals to visit the Sheikh’s house.”

The girl went and watched the poetry reciters, the dancers and listened to music. Everyone was in their best clothes vying for the attention of the Sheikh and his son. The girl wanted to leave before her stepmother realised she was there, she ran off home. As she ran one of her sandals fell off, worried that she would be caught the girl kept going.

On the following day, the Sheikh asked his son, “So, have you decided who shall be your bride?” The son declared: ‘I won’t marry anyone other than the beautiful lady was standing in the crowd and wore this sandal.” So the Sheikh’s servants searched for its owner in all the houses of Musandam. Finally they reached the Stepmother’s house, worried she took her step-daughter to the mud-brick oven behind their house and pushed her inside, locking her there.

When the Sheikh’s son and his servants reached the girl’s house, they found only the stepmother and her daughters. The step-mother took the sandal assuring the Sheikh’s son her was in the right house and tried to squash the her daughters’ feet into the sandal. Then, a rooster crowed loudly: ‘If for the wearer you are looking, go to where we do the cooking.” The Sultan’s son stood and left the house, going to the courtyard where the oven was. He opened it and found the beautiful young girl crouched inside. She slipped on the sandal, it fit her perfectly; and the Sultan’s son took her as his wife.