ABOUT US

Helping People thrive in KSA through online and in-person

language training and cultural experiences.

Founders Story

We started Arabius after living in Saudi for years and trying many ways to learn local dialect Arabic that didn’t work. We struggled through apps, books, online courses, YouTube channels, language centers, conversation partners, podcasts, and private tutors. Each attempt ended with a disappointing lack of results, but the desire to learn Arabic kept increasing the longer we stayed in KSA. We loved living in the Kingdom — sitting with friends at an istaraha, having a keshta in the desert, exploring the country — but without the ability to interact in Saudi Arabic, we felt like we were missing out on the full Saudi experience.

To solve this problem for ourselves and the many expatriates in KSA who feel the same, we launched Arabius in 2020 with a mission to help people learn Arabic, engage culture, and enjoy Saudi. With Joel’s background in finance and startups, Tim’s experience with tech development and project management, and Matthew’s career in linguistics education, we developed our proprietary ICE Methodology to leverage the natural learning process and help anyone learn Arabic from native speakers in an immersive, experiential setting.

Though we’re each at different stages in our Arabic journeys, we all experience that interacting with colleagues and friends in the local dialect makes a remarkably positive impact on the quality of life in Saudi, enabling us to have stronger relational connections, higher mutual respect with society, and a more fulfilling experience in the Kingdom.

Meet our Team

Joel Huffman
Chief Executive Officer

Hometown 

College Station,TX

Favorite activity in Saudi

Exploring new places

Favorite food 

Tacos

Place I want to travel 

Iceland

Other interests 

Sports, CrossFit

& Japanese chef knives

Tim Wilson
Chief Operating Officer

Hometown:

Unknown – moved a lot

Favorite activity in Saudi:

Spending time in the desert

Favorite food:

Indian Food

Place I want to travel:

Réunion Islands

Other interests:

Reading & ancient languages

Matthew Buice
Chief Service Officer

Hometown 

Los Angeles

Favorite activity in Saudi 

Going to the beach

Favorite food 

Italian food

Place I want to travel 

Fiji

Other interests 

Playing piano, photography

& filming

Mohamed Fawzi
Contracts Specialist

Hometown 

Dumyāṭ-Egypt

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Sports

Favorite food 

Lamb Fattah

Place I want to travel

Maldives

Other interests

Reading &socializing

Sarah Saleh Alghofaili
Business Development

Hometown

 Qassim

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Working out & design

Favorite food

 Greek cuisine

Place I want to travel

 Spain

Other interests

 Art, travel, fitness

Atheer Alajlan
Guide

Hometown

 Qassim

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Sports

Favorite food

Anything with avocado

Place I want to travel

 Iceland

Other interests

Painting & video games

Ala’a AlHussaini
Guide

Hometown

 Medina

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Exploring new places

Favorite food

Everything

Place I want to travel

 Greece & Spain

Other interests

Horse Riding,Exploring

Sarah Khalid Alghofaili
Guide

Hometown

Qassim

Favorite activity in Saudi

Cinema

Favorite food

Sushi & Halloumi

pesto sandwich

Place I want to travel

Greece

Other interests

 Travel & Cooking

Abdulrahman AlKhulayfi
Guide

Hometown

 Al Zulfi

Favorite activity in Saudi

Exploring new places

Favorite food

 Pizza

Place I want to travel

 Norway

Other interests

 Kashtah (camping)

Ahmed Alanazi
Guide

Hometown

 Arʿar

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Camping & walking 

Favorite food

 Kabsa

Place I want to travel

 Africa

Other interests

Reading

Riyadh AlJuaid
Guide

Hometown

 Al Ta’if

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Swimming

Favorite food

Nothing

Place I want to travel

 Abha

Other interests

Antiquing

Hussam AlOtaibi
Guide

Hometown

Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Walking

Favorite food

Nothing

Place I want to travel

 Cuba

Other interests

 Cultures & poetry

Mubarak AlHussein
Guide

Hometown

 Sharurah

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Camping

Favorite food

Indian cuisine

Place I want to travel

Madrid

Other interests

Football