Gulf-spoken Arab in Oman

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Gulf Arabic is the dialect of Arabic spoken mainly in the eastern half of Saudi Arabia and the nearby smaller countries such as Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE. It is also spoken by some in Yemen and Oman, two countries that border Saudi Arabia. Most Omanis speak the Omani dialect of Arabic, though some speak Gulf Arabic.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Oman is a rural and under-populated nation on the Arabian Peninsula. Their economy has grown considerably during the last 60 years, partly because of the discovery of oil deposits, and partly because they have made good decisions regarding trade and investing their wealth in their infrastructure. Omanis are surrounded by people from other Muslim countries who come to do menial work.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The official religion of this kingdom is Ibadi Islam, which has it's distinctions from both Sunni and Shia Islam. Though there Ibadi Muslims in other parts of the world, 75 percent of Oman's population follows this sector of the Islamic religion. Their distinction is usually related to their acceptance or rejection of historical Islamic leaders. However, unlike most Muslims, the Ibadis reject the veneration of saints, and especially the mystical practices of the Sufi orders.

What Are Their Needs?

The needs of the Omanis are mainly spiritual. They have very few chances to hear about the only savior, and they have remained closed to ideas outside of their sect of Islam. Salvation by the grace of a sin-free savior is a foreign and threatening concept to them.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken in Oman.

Pray for open hearts and minds to the ways of Jesus Christ among the Gulf speaking Arabs in Oman.
Pray for the Lord to raise up persons of peace to welcome Christ's ambassadors to Omani families.
Pray for the Lord to send His appointed workers to take Christ to this highly unreached people group.
Pray that there will be an unstoppable movement to Christ among every people group in Oman.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Emirati Arabs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken
People Name in Country Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken
Natural Name Gulf-spoken Arab
Pronunciation gulf
Population this Country 837,000
Population all Countries 7,140,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 17
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
People ID 10376
ROP3 Code 100427
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Language Code afb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Language Code afb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Gulf Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Gulf Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.35 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.20 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
30.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source Richard Messenger  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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