See Halla Walla's Arab emojis in action
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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...