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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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|
|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|
|Population this Country||837,000|
|Population all Countries||7,140,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|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|
|Region||Africa, North and Middle East|
|Persecution Rank||44 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Arabic, Gulf Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.30 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|