How are multi-digit numbers written in Arabic?

For example, if someone wanted to write 123, would they write "321" from the right or in some other way?

  • Related Feb 5, 2015 at 15:10
  • I know that many Germans write 2-digit numbers, e.g. 46, starting with the last digit, that is with 6 in my example, just the way they are pronounced in German, 'sechsundvierzig', that is '6 and 40'.
    – Yellow Sky
    Feb 6, 2015 at 13:44
  • Are you asking how the numbers look in the writing, or in which order they are drawn on paper?
    – J-mster
    Feb 16, 2015 at 13:22
  • Also, the order you type it might not match the order you handwrite it. At least in the built-in keyboard in translate.google.com, if you type in the equivalent of "AL 123" the rightmost character will be alif and the leftmost character will be the one.
    – Jetpack
    Nov 20, 2019 at 21:50

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No, he will write the digits from left to right (the opposite of the direction of writing words) as: 123 or ۱۲۳.

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    @Medi1Saif. I think you mean: first hundreds (1), then units (3), then tens (2). مائة وثلاثة وعشرون
    – fdb
    Nov 17, 2016 at 10:01
  • Ups you are right.
    – Medi1Saif
    Nov 17, 2016 at 13:11

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