First my brother told me to look at a shop sign in Earl's Court. I was able to confirm that the English did indeed match the Arabic, though I hadn't expected the plural of shops to be mini-mart, but I guess that is pretty realistic.
Then, more revealingly, I discovered that Arab Spring is totally different, it is Arab Uprisings = al intifadat arabiya. No wonder people don't like the almost party atmosphere of the term Arab Spring. I actually read the words and got it, before clicking on translate to double check.