What does “Ma Salama” actually mean?

Why do people say it all the time?

Anyone who has ever been to Saudi Arabia must have heard the Arabic word “Ma Salama”, tried to know its meaning in English, and figure out the spelling in Arabic too. The spellings of the word “Ma Salama” in the Arabic language are مع السلامة.

What is the meaning of Ma Salama?

The phrase Ma Salama is most probably the second most frequently used Arabic Phrase, the first being Asslam O Alaikum. Expatriates and Saudis alike keep saying “Ma Salama” all the time.

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The meaning of the Arabic word “Ma Salama” in the English language is “goodbye“. 

People in the Kingdom use the Arabic phrase “Ma Salama” when they have to leave for work, when they are going on vacation and even when they are leaving to go to the grocery store.

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Ma Salama Parties

In the Kingdom around every weekend has a Ma Salama Party or known as a farewell party, which is usually hosted before sending someone off to another destination.

There are also numerous Ma Salama sales going on which usually occur with the change of seasons. I hope now you understand the essence of this phrase.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.