Shihuh in United Arab Emirates






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Shihuh are fishermen and herdsmen and are probably descended from the original inhabitants of northern Oman, pushed into the mountains by successive Muslim and Portuguese invasions. The land in which they live is rocky and arid, with very little vegetation. Their stone houses are called bayt al qufl, which means "cave house", since they are partly underground. Until about the early 1970s, the tribe was isolated from the outside world. They did not trust outsiders, and it was common for visitors at that time to have stones thrown at them by tribesmen. Nowadays, the Shihu are no longer hostile to outsiders, but neither are they particularly friendly.

Ministry Obstacles

Much of the region is not hospitable to Christian outreach.

Outreach Ideas

Much sustained prayer is needed to prepare hearts, and to create desire to search for the peace found in Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Christian believers among this people at this time. Pray for hearts to begin to hunger for the forgiveness of sin found only in trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for sufficient rainfall to provide for livestock, and to grow grain needed for food.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Shihuh, Al-Shihuh
People Name in Country Shihuh
Population in United Arab Emirates 19,000
World Population 49,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Al-Shihuh, Arabic, Shihhi Spoken, Shihhi Spoken
Affinity Bloc Arab World
People Cluster Arab, Arabian
People Name General Shihuh, Al-Shihuh
Ethnic Code CMT30
People ID 14908
Country United Arab Emirates
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 49  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Musandam Peninsula.   Source:

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Arabic, Shihhi Spoken (19,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Arabic, Shihhi Spoken 19,000
For Primary Language: Arabic, Shihhi Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Arabic Bibles Online Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
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0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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