Dhofari Arabic
Native toOman
Native speakers
(70,000 cited 1996)[1]
Arabic alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3adf

Dhofari Arabic (also known as Dhofari, Zofari) is a variety of Arabic, spoken in Salalah, Oman, Yemen, and the surrounding coastal regions (the Dhofar Governorate).[1]

Nomadic and sedentary communities live in the area, and for them Dhofari neo-Arabic can be a first language or a second language or lingua franca, spoken with varying degrees of fluency.[2]

It has the ISO 639-3 language code "adf", and belongs to Peninsular Arabic.[3]

See also


RICHARD J. DAVEY, Coastal Dhofari Arabic: A Sketch Grammar. Leiden, Brill, 2016.

NICHOLAUS RHODOKANAKIS, Der Vulgärarabische Dialekt im Đofâr (Ẓfâr), 2 volumes, 1908 & 1911.


  1. ^ a b Dhofari Arabic at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ MORANO, ROBERTA (October 2018). "Richard J. Daley, Coastal Dhofari Arabic: Sketch Grammar". Journal of Semitic Studies. 69 (2): 545–547. doi:10.1093/jss/fgy024.
  3. ^ "639 Identifier Documentation: adf". sil.org. Retrieved 2020-06-25.