Gulf Arabic in a nutshell Gulf Arabic is hereby defined as the dialect of Arabic native to the Arab nationals of the Gulf countries, such as the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, etc.), The State of Kuwait, The Kingdom of Bahrain, The State of Qatar, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, most of Southern Iraq and to a lesser extent The Sultanate of Oman. It is not a written but a spoken, colloquial language. Literary Arabic, also called Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) which is used in the press, on TV, radio, etc. and in governmental official proceedings, is not spoken colloquially by Gulf Arabs. In day-to-day affairs, Gulf Arabs use their mother tongue - Gulf Arabic.