About us

Hala Gharib director CEO alaabi toy brand learn arabic teach children montessori
Welcome to Alaabi, the premiere start-up specialised in the creation and manufacturing of educational games and resources inspired by the Arabic culture to make the teaching and learning journey of the Arabic language fun! 


Alaabi in a nutshell

We believe in the importance of conveying the cultural heritage of the Arab world to the next generation. That is why we provide tools to help stimulate the curiosity of children and facilitate discovering the originality and the richness of Arab culture through creative and sustainable educational games.
Our educational toys are the result of deep reflection, great design and lovely illustrations. We have carefully chosen suppliers who meet our strict quality and environmental standards. Our attention to detail makes Alaabi toys not only educational but “must have” artistic products.
Our toys and games have been designed with Arabic teachers in order to optimise the learning process whether it is at home or at school. We do our best to promote the Arabic language and to spread the richness of the cultural heritage through dialogue and the pro-active interaction between generations.

My name is Hala Gharib, and I am the founder of Alaabi. I hold a Master's Degree in Translation (Arabic, French, English and Spanish).

In September 2006, I relocated from my beloved country Lebanon to Barcelona, where I lived for 4 years. During that time, I started teaching Arabic to children and developed the supporting material myself.

In June 2015, my son was born in London and I was adamant to teach him Arabic. As he grew up, my search for good quality toys to support the learning journey seemed to be in vain. This is when I decided to start producing my own toys. In June 2017, my daughter was born and so was Alaabi.

In April 2020, Alaabi acquired Daradam products and enlarged the catalogue of the games and toys.   

I created Alaabi (meaning “My Toys”) to support parents, teachers, speech therapists, social workers (in refugee camps) and any person who wants to learn this language in their teaching/learning journey. I strive to provide enriching and high-quality material that develops children's curiosity and cognitive skills, creating an immersive environment that complements the language(s) spoken at home/school.

Learning Arabic is FUN!