Hijazi Arab in United Arab Emirates

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Introduction / History

Saudi Arabia is home to several Arab groups. The Hijazi Arabs (more commonly known as the Saudi Arabs) form most of the local Saudi Arabian population and live predominantly along the Red Sea coast and in the major urban areas. They speak a language called Arabiya, or, as it is more commonly called, Hijazi Arabic.
The Arab culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert. From there, Arab migrations spread throughout the Middle East and northern Africa, leading to the expansion of the Arab world.
Though most of the Hijazi speakers are in Saudi Arabia, some are in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the gulf countries.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In accordance with their Muslim religion, Hijazi Arab marriages are typically endogamous, which means that they only marry within a small social circle. Inheritance is patrilineal (passed down from fathers to their sons). Hijazi Arab clothing is designed for the harsh desert climate. It is made of lightweight, light-colored fabric and is also loose-fitting, allowing for the circulation of air.
In the past, the Hijazi Arabs considered it shameful and degrading to have jobs doing manual labor. However, this has changed in recent years. Because of the need for more income, improved health facilities, and better housing some have accepted wage-paying jobs. Nevertheless, most of Hijazi Arab still despise such positions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Being Muslim, Hijazi Arab follow the teachings of the prophet Mohammed. They believe that the only way to God is through following the teachings of their holy book, the Koran. The Islamic faith is a religion of works based on these five "pillars" or duties: (1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet." (2) Five times a day he must pray while facing Mecca. (3) He must give an obligatory percentage (very similar to tithes) on an annual basis. (4) He must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year. (5) He must try to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his lifetime.

What Are Their Needs?

Virtually all Hijazi Arab in the United Arab Emirates are Sunni (orthodox) Muslim. At the present time, there are very few believers within their communities. 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' lifestyle and belief system.

Prayer Points

Ask the Holy Spirit to call people who are willing to share the love of Christ with Hijazi Arab.
Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Hijazi Arab.
Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Saudi - Hijazi in United Arab Emirates.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Saudi - Hijazi
People Name in Country Arab, Saudi - Hijazi
Natural Name Hijazi Arab
Pronunciation hee-JAH-zee AE-rub
Alternate Names Ad-Mu'allin; African-Arabian Arab; Hijazi Arab; Saudi Arab
Population this Country 371,000
Population all Countries 11,767,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
People ID 14784
ROP3 Code 108748
ROP25 Code 300418
ROP25 Name Arab, Saudi
Map of Arab, Saudi - Hijazi in United Arab Emirates
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Hijazi (371,000 speakers)
Language Code acw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Hijazi (371,000 speakers)
Language Code acw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Hijazi

Primary Language:  Arabic, Hijazi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2022)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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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 Jesus Film: view in Hijazi Jesus Film Project
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Tribes of the World - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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