Gulf-spoken Arab in Kuwait

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Kuwait's history could be traced to the early 18th century when a group of Anizah Bedouin families moved there; before that, it was mainly the home of fishermen. In 1756 the Bedouins formed a sheikhdom in that location. The 19th century brought about a thriving trading community dominated by a couple of prominent merchant families that still hold much power today. Oil was discovered in 1938, the same year Iraq claimed Kuwait as part of their nation. Kuwait has weathered many threats, both internal and external. Because of external threats, they became a British protectorate during WWI. The British granted much of Kuwait's claimed land to neighboring Saudi Arabia. Kuwait gained independence from Great Britain in 1961.
Though there are many other Arabic speaking peoples in Kuwait, the native Kuwaitis are those who speak a Gulf language, of which Kuwaiti Arabic is a dialect. Kuwaiti Arabic includes a number of borrowed words from the languages of the many migrant groups who live there. Because Kuwaitis produce many Arabic-language soap operas, many Arabs understand this dialect.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Since the development of the oil industry, many Kuwaiti Arab men are now bureaucrats, clerical technicians, industrialists, and other professionals. The oil economy has brought new communication systems, water systems and roads. The reformed educational system has led to one of the highest literacy rates in the region. Health care, affordable housing, and other social services have given Kuwaitis comfortable lives.
A Kuwaiti Arab woman's first role is as a wife and mother; however, she has more opportunities than many Arab women. Kuwaiti Arab women have access to higher education, and many have become teachers, businesswomen and professionals. This freedom has resulted in higher income for the family and the ability to hire others to perform the more traditional tasks of the Arab women.
The family, however, remains important as the basis of Kuwaiti Arab society. Just as in other Arab nations, family honor is very important. Each member of the family has a defined role, according to Arab tradition. The family provides security in times of economic hardship and in old age. Health, welfare, and the happiness of family, friends, and strangers are important to Kuwaiti Arabs.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Kuwaitis are Sunni Muslim. They have allowed for a degree of modernization in their daily lives, but at the core, they are Muslims. They follow the teachings of the Koran, the Muslim holy book. The Koran forbids lying, stealing, adultery, and murder. It teaches Muslims to honor their parents, show kindness, protect the orphan and widow, and give to the poor. Muslims believe that life on earth is a period of testing and preparation for the life to come; thus, death is not feared but viewed as the gateway to eternal life. They believe that after death, all men will give an account for their actions, being judged by their works and by their adherence to the Koran.
Islam dominates their lives. The Kuwaiti government has attempted to link the state identity to Islam through public devotion, by state funding of mosques and other Muslim institutions, and by participating in Islamic conferences.

What Are Their Needs?

Kuwaiti Arabs have few material or physical needs. However, Kuwaiti Arabs are so devoted to the Islamic religious system that they have not allowed themselves to consider the claims of Jesus Christ, the only one who can save mankind from sin and death. Only sustained, fervent intercession can soften their hearts.

Prayer Points

Pray that this will be the decade where there is an unstoppable movement to Christ among Kuwait's Muslims.
Pray for Kuwaiti Muslims to understand that they cannot be saved apart from a sin-free Savior. Pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint and send out Christ's ambassadors to Kuwaitis.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken in Kuwait.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken
People Name in Country Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken
Natural Name Gulf-spoken Arab
Pronunciation gulf AE-rub
Alternate Names Al-Hasaa; Arab; Arab, Gulf Arabic Speaking; Bahraini Arab; Emirian; Gulf Arab; Gulf Arabic Speaking; Gulf Arabs; Gulf Speaking; Iranian Arab; Saudi Arab
Population this Country 1,370,000
Population all Countries 7,242,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 27
People ID 10376
ROP3 Code 100427
ROP25 Code 300401
ROP25 Name Arab, Gulf
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.53 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf
Language Code afb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf
Language Code afb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Gulf

Primary Language:  Arabic, Gulf

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Gulf Spoken Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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