Al-Balushi (Arabic: البلوشي; alternatively Baloushi, Balooshi, Bloushi or Blooshi, with or without the Arabic article al-) is a tribal surname common in Arab states of the Persian Gulf, 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.
People carrying this surname trace their tribal origins to Balochistan, a region located between southwestern Pakistan and southeastern Iran across the Persian Gulf. Their ancestors predominately came from the Makran coast in the 19th century. The al-Balushi speak Arabic, while some also use Balochi or Persian. They are mainly Sunni Muslims, and citizens of their resident countries. They are one of the largest tribes in Oman and the UAE.
Notable people with the surname include:
- Azan Al-Balushi, Omani footballer
- Hamed Al-Balushi, Omani footballer
- Issa Ali Al-Bloushi, Emirati footballer
- Jamal Nabi Al-Balushi, Omani footballer
- Mohammed Al-Balushi, Omani footballer
- Muheeb Al-Balushi, Omani footballer
- Talal Al-Bloushi, Qatari footballer
- 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 tribes 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.
- 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.