Was looking at license plates the other day, and I've got a question maybe a reader can help me with. I'm wondering if there is a set correspondence between the English and Arabic alphabets. Our local plates only use numbers, so it's not an issue. However, we often see Saudi plates and those are number/letter combos. They are also dual language. So the "waw" و stands for U, etc, etc. Arabic has more letters than Arabic, and as there are two types of "s", two types of "t" etc., you can't do a phonemic correspondence. Impossible.
So do all Arabic countires use a set system for their license plates? If so, which letters got the axe? Additionally, Vitamin C in English is called Vitamin ج "jeem" in Arabic. Are the vitamins and the licences plates using the same system?