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Omani Arabic

Omani Arabic
اللهجة العمانية
Native toOman
RegionHajar 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 639-3acx

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.

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  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.