See Halla Walla's Arab emojis in action

For many years, there were almost no emojis to represent people or things in Arab countries.

Now two Dubai-based friends have created an app full of shisha smokers, sword dancers and hijab-wearing women, so phone fans in the Gulf can describe their lives with fewer words - and more pictures.

Here are a few of their creations...

Published
Section
BBC News
Subsection
Middle East