Al Balushi (Arabic: البلوشي; alternatively Baloushi, Balooshi, Bloushi, Blushi or Blooshi) is a tribal surname common in the Persian Gulf region, particularly Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. It is a nisba and is Arabized from the term Balochi,[a] denoting someone who has Baloch ancestry.[1] The Baloch people are of Iranian stock and the language a branch of Indo-Iranian similar to Kurdish. People carrying this surname trace their tribal origins to Balochistan, a region in south Iran and Pakistan located across the Persian Gulf.[1] Their ancestors predominantly came from the Makran coast in the 19th century.[1] The Al Balushi speak Arabic, while some also use Balochi or Persian. They are mainly Sunni Muslims.[1] They are a populous tribe in Oman, the UAE and Bahrain.[2]

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  1. ^ Balochi: بلو چی, local definition: of, or related to Balochistan.

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  1. ^ a b c d Hawker, Ron (2015). "A Beginner's Guide to Tribes in the UAE". Digital Heritage in the UAE. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. Some htribes trace roots to other ethnic groups. Among the most important of these are the Baluch (or in Arabic, the Al Balooshi). Their ancestors came from the Baluchistan district split between Iran and Pakistan in the late 19th century.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Hoath, Nissar (17 May 2011). "Tribal leaders pledge loyalty". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 9 August 2016. Some of the big tribes, including Al Dhawahir, Al Shawamis, Al Za’ab, Al Ka’ab, Al Braiki and Al Balush have already concluded their meetings with thousands of people signing the documents that are being finalised.