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Arabic, Gulf Spoken

A language of Iraq

ISO 639-3: afb

Population 40,000 in Iraq. Population total all countries: 2,338,600.
Region In and around Zubair and on the Fau Peninsula. Also spoken in Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
Alternate names   Khaliji, Gulf Arabic
Dialects Zubair-Faau Arabic.
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic

Also spoken in:

Bahrain

Language name   Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Population 100,000 in Bahrain (1995).
Alternate names   Khaliji, Gulf Arabic
Dialects Bahraini Gulf Arabic.
Comments Muslim (Sunni).
   

Iran

Language name   Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Population 200,000 in Iran (1993).
Region Southern coast; Khamseh nomads live in eastern Fars Province; other Arab nomadic groups in several southcentral provinces of Iran.
Alternate names   Khaliji, Gulf Arabic
Dialects Al-Hasâ, Khamseh.
Language use The largest of five Khamseh clans now uses Western Farsi as a first language. Speakers also use Western Farsi.
   

Kuwait

Language name   Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Population 500,000 in Kuwait (1986).
Alternate names   Khaliji
Dialects Kuwaiti Hadari Arabic.
Comments Muslim.
   

Oman

Language name   Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Population 441,000 in Oman (1995).
Region Most coastal regions and most border regions with the United Arab Emirates.
Alternate names   Omani Bedawi Arabic, Bedawi, Gulf Arabic, Khaliji
Comments Muslim.
   

Qatar

Language name   Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Population 103,600 in Qatar (1986).
Alternate names   Khaliji, Qatari, Gulf Arabic
Dialects North Qatari Arabic, South Qatari Arabic.
Comments Muslim.
   

Saudi Arabia

Language name   Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Population 200,000 in Saudi Arabia.
Region Northern and southern Eastern Province.
Alternate names   Gulf Spoken
Dialects Al-Hasaa.
   

United Arab Emirates

Language name   Arabic, Gulf Spoken
Population 744,000 in United Arab Emirates.
Region Gulf Bedu or village peoples.
Alternate names   Khaliji, Gulf Arabic
Comments Government officials; oil administration; commerce leaders; military; police; university professors; sports coaches. Muslim.