This is an extremely detailed Modern Standard Arabic gluten free card, written by a celiac and translated by a professional translator familiar with celiac disease, then proofed by a second translator. I created these cards to help others with celiac disease travel safely.
While spoken Arabic differs from country to country, a Modern Standard Arabic will communicate effectively in written form throughout the Middle East. This card can be used in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Western Sahara, Yemen, and more.
Show this card to restaurants, hotel staff, chefs, or anyone preparing your food, to help make sure your food requirements are taken seriously. Each card goes through two sets of translations to ensure accuracy.
Upon purchase, you will receive a confirmation email with a green 'download' button. The download button will give you a digital download (PNG image file) that is specifically sized for your smartphone. On your computer, click the download button and download the .png file for your phone. You can also reduce the image size and print to hand out on your travels, or print at 30% or 50% scale—or else they will take up the full page!
You will then receive a second email with the English translation for the card.
Your gluten free translation card:
- includes a basic explanation of the disease and what we can't eat;
- uses local ingredient names to best communicate what has hidden (and not hidden!) gluten;
- expressly mentions cross-contact and contaminated oil or surfaces—something less detailed cards don't do;
- provides a list of ingredients that can be eaten safely; and
- adds an apology for the inconvenience to the chef and staff of the restaurant or stall, to explain it's an obligation, not a choice, that we are eating gluten free.
NOTE: If you have any questions about this card, or are having trouble purchasing or downloading it or accessing the English translation, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you purchase via credit card, your statement charge will read "Gumroad" (the e-commerce platform where I sell these cards).
Looking for more help with your GF travels to Egypt specifically? See my gluten free guide to Egypt post, here. It's free!
Downloadable gluten free translation card as a PNG image file, to help you eat safely as you travel.