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Subtitling in Arabic States


Let's face it- it's challenging enough to come across a reliable subtitling service provider online. But try finding one that can truly convey the authentic experience with your content in Arabic!

There is a commonly adopted subtitle development process that all subtitling companies follow. For a start, customer content is reviewed, and professional audiovisual translators are assigned. Then English Master Templates are created, translated into Arabic, and proofread by captionists. Finally, the Arabic subtitles or captions are QCed and delivered in the requested subtitle format. And following this workflow should be enough to transcend the authentic content feel in Arabic.

But there's a catch.

The original content has been produced in another country, within a different cultural context and simply translating and subtitling it in Arabic language is not enough to convey its creative intent. In result, the translated version fails to engage the local viewers and very successful TV shows, films, commercials, video games or other media end up as mediocre for the local audience. 


To help you transcend the original experience with your content and achieve a native feel, we apply a culture first approach- we craft and deliver Arabic subtitles that consider all local norms and traditions to create a culturally relevant and immersive viewer experience for Arabic States.


GoPhrazy provides Arabic subtitling services through our native subtitle translators for the needs of your TV, films, cartoons, animations, e-learning videos, commercials, and video games. Here's the deal- it takes just 3 easy steps with us to make your subtitles perfect for Arabic States:


subtitling in just 3 easy steps:

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    describe your specifications

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    request a quote

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    get your ready-to-use files


Since 1994 we have localized over 10 000 hours of TV programming in foreign languages for providers like Discovery Channel, TLC, HBO, FOX, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and many more. The list gets bigger when we add localizing of over 1000 film titles for theatrical and TV distribution, as well as blockbuster games like League of legends, GTA and Civilization.


But that's not all.


We are also a preferred multilingual subtitling company to leading advertising agencies like Ogilvy, Leo Burnett and Saatchi & Saatchi, localizing countless TV commercials for Fortune 500 companies like Coca Cola, Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Gillette, Sony, BMW, Danone and more.


Where dialogue becomes vision


What makes over 300 companies come back and reward us with more than 10 000 projects over the years is our culturally intelligent approach. It’s a group of methods that blend meaning and feeling with local expertise to provide a peace of mind that your media feels great in Arabic.


It all starts with you


We know that the most important factor in communication is to make sure that your viewers can connect and engage with your content not only on a linguistic but most importantly on a cultural level. That's why we don’t simply translate and subtitle your script in Arabic language. Instead, we assist you in adapting your content to the local culture and craft a superior viewer experience.


Arabic subtitling company

Arabic subtitling company


GoPhrazy is the number one choice for Arabic subtitles and captions due to our obsession with Client needs and our determination to deliver all projects always on time, in full and error free. We are an award winning subtitling company, trusted by major broadcasters and platforms.


Expertly written and perfectly timed


Our subtitlers are not only true experts in Arabic language but also in weighing written against spoken words, editing text to fit both visually and contextually, retaining the essence without any loss of meaning. While translating and developing Arabic subtitles, we consider the rhythm of the video, dialogue pace and the viewers' reading speed. We create subtitles and captions with timings synchronized with a surgical precision to the highest level of accuracy (up to 1/100 sec). As a result, our Arabic subtitles are always consistent but above all, always a pleasure to read.


Our Arabic subtitling specialists


Creating Arabic subtitles requires much more than simply making a word-by-word translation of a video script. Our subtitlers need to understand and experience the content; retain the context and meaning of the original version and convey it into Arabic, considering cultural differences. That's why we work with a large pool of local subtitle translators that have expertise in many sectors, including entertainment, advertising, video game, e-learning, technology, and more.


Our in-house subtitling department


Though we employ highly trained, experienced and subject-matter competent, native freelance Arabic subtitle translators, we also have a team of in-house subtitling QCers who validate each and every file against the assigned specifications and cultural checklists to ensure that your Arabic subtitling service is always delivered correctly. In result, your locally versioned media is ready to publish, in the style and format that you require. We strive to provide a seamless viewer experience in Arabic and we know that the perfect subtitling is the one that you never notice.


Subtitling technology


While our culturally intelligent approach ensures the cultural fit of your content in Arabic, it's our best-in-class technology that enables us to deliver superior quality while remaining cost effective. It empowers a collaborative environment and content flows that simplify the process and help you reach your local audience faster, cheaper and better than ever before.


Arabic subtitling services

Arabic subtitling services


At GoPhrazy we develop, translate and provide Arabic subtitles that are relevant from both culturally linguistic and technical standpoint in order to create a truly immersive and memorable experience with your content for Arabic States. Our subtitling and captioning services are mostly used by TV channels, OTT, IPTV and VOD platforms; film, advertising, education, video game and IT companies for making their media accessible to the local audience and are well known for their focus on precision and style. In the recent years we are also facing an increasing demand for Arabic subtitling services by social/ video sharing platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, and iTunes.


Our subtitling services


  • Arabic subtitling from template
  • Arabic subtitling without template
  • Arabic subtitling on provided script
  • Arabic subtitling with no script available


Arabic closed captioning


Improve the accessibility of your content in Arabic States by taking advantage of our Arabic closed captioning services! While subtitles are created for hearing viewers and only reflect dialogue, our Arabic closed captioning includes all audio elements to provide more context and enhance the content experience for viewers with hearing disability. We cover any sound in the video that is not visually evident and develop Arabic closed captions with the assumption that the viewer is restricted from hearing the audio. We split the transcribed text into chunks (caption frames) and enable your local audience to follow the audio, video or captions interchangeably. Thus, we improve the accessibility and overall viewer experience for Arabic audience with hearing impairment who depend on captions to understand the video. As these captions are enclosed in video stream and can be turned on and off at viewer's comfort, they are named "closed captions".


Arabic open captioning


In case you need to improve accessibility for your videos, cinematic and theatrical content, our Arabic open captioning services are the perfect match for you. Unlike closed captions, open captions are embedded (burnt-in) the media file and become an inseparable feature of the video. They cannot be switched on and off like closed captions but on the other side have other benefits. They are easier to use, eliminate the need to manage separate files and inconsistencies among various media players. They enable publishers to control caption size and style and (if the text is generated properly) come in sync with video while not requiring a special software for playback.


Arabic SDH subtitling


Subtitling for the deaf and hard of hearing (or HoH subtitling) quickly becomes a media accessibility standard in Arabic States to respond to emerging regulations. It provides the closest-to-equal experience with your content to the local audience that suffers of hearing loss and combines both subtitle and caption content into a single file that is then translated into Arabic. SDH include dialogue transcription, speaker IDs, audio description and could be placed anywhere on the screen to follow the sound positioning. While SDH includes audience with hearing loss, it also improves entertainment value and adds flexibility to education and information resources.


SDH are particularly designed for deaf, Deaf or hard of hearing audience.


  • Deaf with lower case "d" refers to viewers that cannot hear but can speak
  • Deaf with upper case "D" refers to viewers with hearing loss that prefer "sign language"
  • Hard of hearing refers to viewers with any level of hearing impairment


Led by exceptional people and supported by a state-of-the-art technology, we deliver Arabic captions in a quick, responsive, reliable, convenient, consistent, transparent, and risk-free manner across various industries, while keeping you informed at every step of the way with your project.


Arabic subtitling rates

Arabic subtitling rates


Due to economies of scale, technology utilization and supply chain integration GoPhrazy provides some of the most competitive rates for Arabic subtitling services at no compromise on quality. We build collaborative relationships with local linguists to guarantee consistency with the costs over time and make your ongoing projects predictable with budgets. At the same time, we know that each subtitling project is unique, and we consider certain factors to estimate our rates.


Factors affecting Arabic subtitling rates


  • Deadline- a rush charge applies for urgent/ same day Arabic subtitle delivery
  • Complexity- for super complex matter additional charge could apply
  • Volume- bulk order discounts are available for formal volume commitment
  • Source language- for subtitling videos that are not in English additional charge applies
  • Subject matter- topics that require in-depth competence might cause additional charges
  • Source video quality- poor image and sound makes subtitling harder and affects rates


For long form media broadcast projects, Arabic subtitle translation, caption translation or development rates are estimated per minute of video. For short form, or non-broadcast projects, Arabic subtitle translation, caption translation or development rates are quoted per project. We don't support a generic rate card as we approach every request individually to provide custom quotes that best serve your needs at the most competitive price. Our individual approach and attention make sure that you always get the right files, within the right budget, at the right time. 


About Arabic language


Arabic is a Semitic language with a rich and diverse history, spoken by millions of people across the Arab world and by Arabic-speaking communities worldwide. It is one of the world's major languages, known for its cultural and historical significance. Arabic is characterized by its unique script, written from right to left, and its cursive, flowing letters. The script is also used for several other languages, such as Persian and Urdu, with slight modifications. The Arabic language has two main forms: Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Classical Arabic is the language of ancient texts and religious scriptures, including the Quran, and is used in formal contexts, such as literature and formal speeches. MSA is a standardized version of the language used in media, literature, and education, making it the common medium of communication among Arabic speakers from different countries. Arabic is renowned for its rich vocabulary, particularly in the fields of mathematics, science, and philosophy, where it made significant contributions during the Islamic Golden Age. It also has a complex and elegant grammatical structure, with a system of roots and patterns for word formation. Arabic dialects, which vary significantly across regions, are spoken colloquially. 



About Arabic culture


Arabic culture is a rich and diverse tapestry that has evolved over thousands of years, encompassing a vast geographical expanse, from the Arabian Peninsula to North Africa and beyond. It is characterized by its deep-rooted traditions, strong family values, and a blend of modernity and historical heritage. Religion, particularly Islam, plays a central role in Arabic culture. The Quran, the holy book of Islam, shapes various aspects of daily life and values, promoting principles of compassion, charity, and communal solidarity. Islamic architecture, exemplified by intricate mosques and palaces, is celebrated for its grandeur and intricate geometric patterns. Arabic cuisine is renowned worldwide, known for its use of exotic spices, aromatic herbs, and unique flavors. Dishes like falafel, hummus, and shawarma are staples, and the Arab world is famous for its sweet treats such as baklava and dates. Arabic music and dance are vibrant expressions of culture. Traditional music is characterized by melodious tunes and intricate rhythms, while Arabic dance forms like belly dance are celebrated for their grace and storytelling. Arabic calligraphy is an art form that transforms written words into intricate designs, often used to depict Quranic verses or historical quotes. It is a testament to the aesthetic value placed on the Arabic script. The concept of hospitality is of paramount importance in Arabic culture, with a tradition of warm and generous welcomes for guests. The Arab world is also known for its bustling markets or souks, where merchants engage in lively bartering and trade. Respect for elders and strong family bonds are core values in Arabic culture, and extended families often live close to one another, maintaining close-knit relationships. 

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