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Omani Arabic
Native to "Oman
Region Hajar mountains and a few coastal towns
Native speakers
720,000 in Oman (1996)[1]
320,000 in UAE (no date),[1] 15,000 in Kenya (1995)[1]
"Arabic alphabet
Language codes
"ISO 639-3 acx
"Glottolog oman1239[2]

Omani Arabic (also known as Omani Hadari Arabic) is a "variety of "Arabic spoken in the "Al Hajar Mountains of "Oman and in a few neighboring coastal regions. It is the easternmost Arabic dialect. It was formerly spoken by colonists in "Kenya and "Tanzania, but most or all of them have shifted to "Swahili. There are several distinct dialects of Omani Arabic, such as "Dhofari Arabic and "Shihhi Arabic.


  1. ^ a b c Omani Arabic at "Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Omani Arabic". "Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
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