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Encyclopedia > Arab states of the Persian Gulf
The Gulf States.

The Arab Gulf states are a group of six Arab countries that border the Persian Gulf. These countries are Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. These six countries form the members of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that Arab Gulf States be merged into this article or section. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Arabian Gulf States, also called the Gulf States (which may cause a confusion with the Gulf States of the United States, which are those along the Gulf of Mexico), are the countries in Southwest Asia or the Middle East which border the Arabian Gulf. ... Image File history File links Persian_Gulf_Arab_States. ... Image File history File links Persian_Gulf_Arab_States. ... The Arab states include 22 countries spanning Asia and Africa. ... Map of the Persian Gulf. ... It has been suggested that Arab Gulf States be merged into this article or section. ...

It is useful to view the Arab Gulf states as a group because they share similar economies and a similar culture.



The Arab Gulf states all have significant revenues from oil and gas and have considerably small local populations. This has raised their respective per capita incomes to higher than those of their neighbours. To meet the labour shortages they host large numbers of temporary non-citizen economic migrants from South Asia and South East Asia (mostly the Philippines and Indonesia). In the past there were also significant numbers of immigrants from Jordan (mostly of Palestinian origin) and Egypt. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of South Asia (see note on Kashmir). ... Location of Southeast Asia Southeast Asia is a subregion of Asia. ... The term Palestinian has other usages, for which see definitions of Palestinian. ...

In addition, pearl diving and the pearl industry was the main economic activity of many of these countries (particularly Bahrain and Kuwait). The pearling industry collapsed in the 1930s after the development of cultured pearl methods. Pearl hunting refers to a now largely obsolete method of retreiving pearls from oysters. ... Strand of akoya pearls from China Pearl farm, Seram, Indonesia A pearl is a hard, rounded object produced by certain animals, primarily mollusks such as pearl oysters. ... A cultured pearl is a pearl created by a pearl farmer under controlled conditions. ...


The Arab states of the Persian Gulf share a regional culture that is sometimes referred to as "khaleeji (gulf) culture". They all speak the Gulf dialect of Arabic and share similar music styles (sawt, fijiri, etc.), cuisine, dress, etc. Most Arabs living near the Persian Gulf also trace their ancestry back to Bedouin origins. Map of the Persian Gulf. ... Gulf Arabic or The Persian Gulf Arabic is a variety of the Arabic language spoken around both shores of the Persian Gulf, mainly in Kuwait, eastern Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and parts of Oman. ... Sawt (Arabic,صوت = voice)(also spelled sout or sowt) is a kind of popular music found in the Arabian states of the Persian Gulf area, especially in Kuwait and Bahrain. ... Fidjeri (sometimes spelled fijri or fidjeri) is the specific repertoire of vocal music sung by the pearl divers of the Arabian states of the Persian Gulf (especially Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar). ... Map of the Persian Gulf. ... A Bedouin man resting on a hillside at Mount Sinai Bedouin, derived from the Arabic ( ‎), a generic name for a desert-dweller, is a term generally applied to Arab nomadic pastoralist groups, who are found throughout most of the desert belt extending from the Atlantic coast of the Sahara via...

All of the Arab states of the Persian Gulf are hereditary monarchies with little or no political representation. Only Bahrain (Majlis al-Nuwab) and Kuwait (National Assembly) have legislatures with popularly elected members. Map of the Persian Gulf. ... A hereditary monarchy is the most common style of monarchy and is the form that is used by almost all of the worlds existing monarchies. ... In politics, representation describes how residents of a country are empowered in the government. ... The Council of Representatives (majlis an-nuwab), sometimes translated as the Chamber of Deputies, is the name given to the lower house of the Bahraini National Assembly, the main legislative body of Bahrain. ... The National Assembly of Kuwait, known as the Majlis Al-Umma, is the parliament of Kuwait. ...

Further reading

  • J. E. Peterson (1998), The Arab Gulf States: Steps Toward Political Participation, ISBN 0-275-92881-0
  • F. Gregory, III Gause (1994), Oil Monarchies: Domestic and Security Challenges in the Arab Gulf States, ISBN 0-87609-151-6
  • Atif A. Kubursi (1984), Oil, Industrialization and Development in the Arab Gulf States, ISBN 0-7099-1566-7
  • Gordon Robison (1996), Lonely Planet: Arab Gulf States, ISBN 0-86442-390-X

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