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  • Writer's pictureJakob Dittmar

Yalla Yalla

Updated: Sep 18, 2023



Gastro-Arab refers to the stereotype of Arab migrants working in gastronomy, i.e., running falafel shops that can be found throughout Berlin. The popularization of food such as falafel and shawarma has become intertwined with certain cultural stereotypes of migrant communities in Germany.


Yalla (or Yallah) is a commonly used Arabic word, meaning "let's go", "come on", or "hurry up". "Yalla yalla" is often used to rush. The word is most commonly used in Egypt and is derived from "Ya Allah" meaning "Oh God".

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