Gulf-spoken Arab in Denmark

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Arab culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert. It was from there that Arab migrations throughout the Middle East and northern Africa began, leading to the expansion of the Arab world. Today, the region is home to several types of Arabs. Gulf Arabs (also known as Saudi Arabs) live primarily along southern edges of the Arabian Desert. They speak Arabiya, or, as it is more commonly known, Gulf Arabic. Gulf Arabic is the language of a fraction of Saudi Arabia's population, and most who speak this language live in the less inhabited and oil rich northeastern region. The various Arabic dialects are seldom mutually intelligible. However, there are cultural similarities. Most have tremendous oil wealth, which allows their people to travel and study abroad. For that reason, one can find Gulf-spoken Arabs at Danish universities.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today it is common for Gulf Arabs to attend universities in European countries like Denmark. Others come because there is much more political freedom in Europe than in the Gulf region. Some work for industries that send them to countries for business purposes.
They try to maintain their culture in liberal Europe, and there is sometimes culture clash. Children of Gulf Arabs will view the world very differently than their parents.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Except for a few Shias, the Gulf Arabs are almost always Sunni Muslim. They might be marginal in their practices and beliefs, but Sunni Islam is central to their identity. Islam is who they are.

What Are Their Needs?

For the Gulf Arabs wherever they live, a profession of faith in Jesus may cost a person his family, his honor, his job or even his life. Evangelization of this people group will be challenging due to the nature of the Arabs' rigid Islamic belief system. They are more likely to be reached in Western nations like Denmark than they would be at home. The opportunity is there, but it will not be easy. Prayer is essential.

Prayer Points

Pray that Muslims will use the freedom of Denmark to find out about Jesus.
Pray the Lord will start a movement of Gulf Arab families experiencing God's blessings.
Pray that despite their wealth and relatively easy life that Arabs will knock, seek and find the only savior.
Pray for strong friendships to develop between Muslims and European believers that will lead to opportunities to share Christ.

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

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 1,400
Population all Countries 7,157,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10376
ROP3 Code 100427
ROP25 Code 300401
ROP25 Name Arab, Gulf
Country Denmark
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Denmark
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
6.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
94.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf (1,400 speakers)
Language Code afb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf (1,400 speakers)
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 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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