As I can imagine, “simplified arabic” is not particular font, but a font family. So it relies on font substitution logic – to auto-find a font has simplified arabic glyphs.

It is difficult to say why it does not work in your case. I would try to explicitly define the font family in pd4fonts.properties and assign to it any TTF, which has the Arabic glyphs. For example:

[language=java:1omhudx8]simplified arabic=arial.ttf
simplified arabic Bold=arialbd.ttf
simplified arabic Bold Italic=arialbi.ttf
simplified arabic Italic=ariali.ttf[/language:1omhudx8]

(and make sure, the mentioned .TTF files are available)