Recently Bss had to go to Twam Hospital to see a doctor. Twam segregates the sexes more than any other public place that I have seen. Each department (e.g. ENT, Neurology, etc) has a separate room (the other hospitals that I have been to just have separate areas, usually with a partition between them).
At one point I was standing right next to this sign (but hadn't really read it) when an older Emirati lady came up to me. I assume that she was Emirati since Twam is primarily for UAE citizens and she was wearing an abaya and shayla; she was also wearing the burka face covering that many older UAE and Oman ladies wear - similar to this picture). She asked me, in Arabic, something like "hadha ash asha3a?" and pointed the same direction as this sign. (I hope my Arablish transliteration is right. I also couldn't swear that those were her exact words, but they capture what I retro-actively figured out that she was asking.) I had no idea what "asha3a" was, so I apologized and told her that I could not speak Arabic. I tried to remember the word so that I could ask someone at work what it meant.
Then I noticed this sign and took a picture of it so I could look the words up. In Arabic it says "qasam ash asha3a nisaa". I knew "nisaa" was women, so I assumed that the other two words had to mean something about x-rays department. So when I got back to work, I asked, and sure enough "qasam" is department and "asha3a" is x-ray. So she was asking me if this was the x-ray department. D'oh!
After I learned all this, I was looking at this picture again. Obviously, like many people of her generation, this lady never got the chance to learn to read, otherwise she wouldn't have had to ask me for help. And while I can read Arabic, it doesn't help me if I don't know what the word that I'm reading means. But, between us we had all the knowledge we needed. We just couldn't get them together.