The ArabiCare website provides useful information to support increased understanding and effective engagement with diverse people of Arabic speaking backgrounds. You will be able to find information on various subject areas relevant to community members of Arabic speaking backgrounds in Australia, including their history, language, customs and traditions, diverse religions, diverse ethnicities, migration and community profiles.

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The term ‘Arab Australians’ refers to a broad group of people whose origins are from diverse countries of the Arab world and who may share a common linguistic and cultural heritage. Their ancestry and identity may be traced to any of the various waves of immigrants who have settled in Australia from any of the 22 countries that constitute the Arab World.

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This section of the website is primarily relevant to service providers and offers some useful guides and helpful hints which can assist you when engaging Arabic speaking clients.

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Our Directory provides you with details of a range of Arabic speaking services in two categories:

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The Middle East includes the lands and countries of the diverse peoples who identify as Arabs. The articles in this section provide a brief overview of some of the significant historical achievements and events which have impacted on the region and have characterised some of the modern complexities and challenges faced by the peoples of this region.

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The Arabic speaking communities in Australia are of distinct and diverse religious backgrounds: the majority are either Muslims or Christians and smaller numbers represent minority religions such as the Druze, Mandaeans, Alewis and Yazidis. Although not all Arabic speaking people are devout followers of their religious faith, the overwhelming majority have religion as a key and central part of their lives.

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‘Arab culture’ is a broad term which describes a common framework of values and beliefs that define a way of life and a way of viewing the world which is common to all people of Arabic speaking backgrounds, irrespective of their religion and ethnic diversity (refer Who is Arabic?).

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Although most people from Arabic speaking countries speak Arabic, it is important to note that there are issues of linguistic diversity to keep in mind, especially when engaging an interpreter.

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