Bringing you first of it’s kind Arab emoji app, HALLA WALLA, to say what you want in a quirky Arabic way

Introducing HALLA WALLA, a new keyboard emoji & sticker app that captures the conversation of the Arab and Khaleeji lifestyle. Derived from the saying which roughly translates to ‘what’s up’, the app pursues the many glimpses of our culture that we know and love, translating them into the tech age through relatable characters, nostalgic themes and playful GIFs.

As the region’s first comprehensive digital communication kit, HALLA WALLA’s stickers and emojis allow users to express themselves in Arabic or English, spice up photos and chat with stickers on iMessage, as well as send GIFs to friends and family, both on Android and IOS handsets.

“We wanted to create something that we know well and give the Khaleeji culture a boost through our creativity. When it came to representing the modern Middle Eastern voice, we felt there was a real gap in social messaging platforms. From our loud families, endless cousin gatherings and shared meals, to signature phrases, fashion statements, football, shisha and late night shawarma runs – our lives are brimming with inside jokes and over the top emotions that needed a platform to be expressed.” explains Yasmine Rasool, Co- founder, HALLA WALLA.

The app lets you use less words more emoticons. There are several emojis, Gifs and stickers expressing every emotion, from angry, to happy to heavily in love – there is an expression for everyone. Introducing our Khaleeji family- Ahmed, Shaikha, Lulu and Waleed are all here to play so text, sms, email with our tailor made Emojis and say it with HALLA WALLA!

Halla Walla Founders, Yasmine Rasool and Eriko Varkey

Further highlighting why HALLA WALLA was created, Eriko Varkey, Co-Founder, HALLA WALLA, adds, “Arabs have such a rich culture, but no emoticon to express online. In any situation – we use hand gestures, which are laden with emotion. So, to express that stress to hurry up when you are waiting hours for your friend to meet you at the coffee shop – what better way than by screaming YALLA! Hence the reason why HALLA WALLA was born.”

The launch of HALLA WALLA is set to take place on the 22nd of February at multi-use studio and event space Satellite located in Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. The party is ‘Khaleeji Childhood’ themed and will be dowsed with Middle Eastern nostalgia, boasting an exciting line-up of DJs, Street Food, Art and Tech related goodies.

  • The launch of Rami Farook’s new food venture ‘Khaleeji Tacos’ serving up the party with your new favourite fusion food of Arabic-meets-Latin Tacos
  • Dubai-based art collective Satwa 3000 shaking things up with their signature blend of pop art, music and vibes
  • A selection of the cities best DJs hitting up the decks with Arab Disco, Funk, Soul and Dabke including Australian DJ and producer James Locksmith, Flamingods (DJs), London’s heavy hitter Daylomar and Pedro Avenue, the duo comprising of Hussein Mamaseta and Daniel
  • A sneak peak at ‘WAIN WALEED’, the sister product of Halla Walla and the first AR game made for the Khaleej in the Khaleej
  • An interactive look into the world of HALLA WALLA with lots of giveaways

The keyboard emoji on iOS and Android and sticker pack is available for download now.