Halla Walla emoji keyboard celebrates Khaleeji culture

If you want to express your desire for a packet of Omani chips or explain the traditional Khaleeji hair dance ‘raqs sha’ar’, the new Halla Walla keyboard app could be right on time.

The app, which is available for download on IOS and Android, is the brainchild of Dubai residents Yasmine Rasool and Eriko Varkey and has more than 60 emoji and GIFs celebrating the Khaleeji culture, and as an extension, the Arab world.

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The keyboard costs Dh6 to download and has several quirky characters and stickers dressed in traditional Arabic garb representing a range of emotions from surprise to tears.

“We wanted to create something that we know well and give the Khaleeji culture a boost through our creativity,” says Rasool, a 31-year…

Original published: 15 February 2017 | 3:36 pm Read the full Dubai News here

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