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

Joel Swearingen
Chief Strategy Officer

Hometown 

Dallas, TX

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Desert hiking

Favorite food

Kabsa and AlBaik

Place I want to travel

Swiss Alps

Other interests

Basketball, reading, hiking

Sarah Alghofaili
Director of Business Development

Hometown 

 Qassim

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Working out & design

Favorite food 

 Greek cuisine

Place I want to travel 

 Abruzzo

Other interests 

 Art, travel, fitness

Mohamed Fawzy
Contracts Specialist

Hometown:

Dumyāṭ-Egypt

Favorite activity in Saudi:

 Sports

Favorite food:

Seafood

Place I want to travel:

Maldives

Other interests:

Reading &socializing

Mubarak AlHussein
Guide Team Leader

Hometown 

 Sharurah

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Camping

Favorite food

Indian cuisine

Place I want to travel

Madrid

Other interests

Football

Malak Almasoud
Graphic Designer

Hometown

Al-Kharj

Favorite activity in Saudi

Gaming

Favorite food

Jerrish

Place I want to travel

Japan

Other interests

Art,music& video games

Layla Almazmomi
Guide

Hometown

 Jeddah

Favorite activity in Saudi

Hiking

Favorite food

Marquq

Place I want to travel

 Istanbul

Other interests

Readeing,Writing

Atheer Alajlan
Guide Team Leader

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 Team Leader

Hometown

 Medina

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Exploring new places

Favorite food

Everything

Place I want to travel

 Greece & Spain

Other interests

Horse Riding,Exploring

Mshail Aldosri
Guide

Hometown

Bisha

Favorite activity in Saudi

Traveling 

Favorite food

Jerrish,Kabsa,Margog

Place I want to travel

Neum

Other interests

Searching & Exploring

Ameera AlQahtani
Guide

Hometown

 Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Hiking

Favorite food

Kabsa

Place I want to travel

Spain

Other interests

Gaming & singing

Fatimah Alnasser
Guide

Hometown

Alhasa

Favorite activity in Saudi

Sports & Traveling

Favorite food

Salad & Burger

Place I want to travel

Mexico

Other interests

Gaming 

Fatima Alshehri
Guide

Hometown

Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Shopping

Favorite food

Seafood

Place I want to travel

Switzerland

Other interests

Scientific research

Palavi Kele
Intercultural Consultant

Hometown

Pune, India

Favorite activity in Saudi

Cultural event & Art galleries

Favorite food

Italian , Mexican ,Indian

Place I want to travel

Samarkand,Uzbekistan

Other interests

Travel blogging,postcards

Abdulrahman Aljuhani
Resources Developer

Hometown

 Yanbu

Favorite activity in Saudi

Free diving

Favorite food

 Bosar

Place I want to travel

 Greece, Ireland

Other interests

Reading, philosophy

Ahmed Alanazi
Guide Team Leader

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
Client Progress Coordinator

Hometown

Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Walking

Favorite food

Nothing

Place I want to travel

 Cuba

Other interests

 Cultures & poetry

Sarah Binhadhoud
Guide

Hometown

 Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Visiting new places

Favorite food

Italian cousin

Place I want to travel

Geneva

Other interests

Soccer & Swimming

Ashwag Almahbob
Guide

Hometown

Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Walking & Meditation

Favorite food

Italian cousin & Sushi

Place I want to travel

Austria

Other interests

Horse riding 

Hanan Alanazi
Guide

Hometown

Kuwait

Favorite activity in Saudi

Academic teaching

Favorite food

Salad

Place I want to travel

USA

Other interests

Technology & Travel 

Suha Alotaibi
Guide

Hometown

Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Hiking

Favorite food

Pizza & Shawarma

Place I want to travel

Rome & France

Other interests

Reading & shopping 

NasrAllah Alkhabi
Guide

Hometown

Najran

Favorite activity in Saudi

Travel 

Favorite food

 Kabsa & Shawarma

Place I want to travel

 The whole world 

Other interests

Reading, Writing

Ahmed Boghdady
Accountant

Hometown 

 Egypt

Favorite activity in Saudi

Sports

Favorite food

Mandi

Place I want to travel

Beirut

Other interests

Accounting 

Essa AlNassar
Guide

Hometown 

Alhasa

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Sea & Water Activities

Favorite food

Shawarma

Place I want to travel

London

Other interests

Football

Saleh AlSannat
Guide

Hometown 

 Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

 Picnicking

Favorite food

Mofatah

Place I want to travel

Egypt

Other interests

Movies

Nesreen Majrabi
Guide

Hometown

 Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Travel, shopping

Favorite food

Pizza

Place I want to travel

Italy

Other interests

Reading

Yousif Mohammed
Head of Operations

Hometown 

 Sudan 

Favorite activity in Saudi

Teach languages

Favorite food

Fish

Place I want to travel

Egypt

Other interests

Film translation 

Layal AlAhmari
Guide

Hometown

Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Shopping

Favorite food

Kabsa

Place I want to travel

Brazil

Other interests

Art,music

Khadija AlAnazi
Guide

Hometown

Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Festivals

Favorite food

Seafood

Place I want to travel

Egypt

Other interests

Sports

Fatima Albadr
Guide

Hometown

 Riyadh

Favorite activity in Saudi

Camping

Favorite food

Rice , Sushi

Place I want to travel

Italy,Tokyo

Other interests

Foodie

Ahmed Hassanei
Customer services specialist

Hometown 

 Egypt

Favorite activity in Saudi

Horse Riding

Favorite food

Pad-Thai

Place I want to travel

Sary – Chelek

Other interests

Travel 

Nawaf Alshehri
Guide

Hometown 

Al Ta’if

Favorite activity in Saudi

Sports

Favorite food

Kabsa

Place I want to travel

Brazil

Other interests

Football