Al Balushi (Arabic: البلوشي; alternatively Al Baloushi, Al Balooshi, Al Bloushi or Al Blooshi) 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:
- Dr Rashid bin Hamad Al Balushi, Dean of the College of Law and Professor of Criminal Law in Sultan Qaboos University, Member of the Omani Human Rights Commission.
- Abdullah bin Said bin Rashid, Former Omani Ambassador to India and Yemen and Former Non-Resident Omani Ambassador to Bangladesh, Turkey, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka
- Najib bin Yahya Al Balushi, Omani Ambassador to Qatar (2016-Current)
- Government Officials
- Ahmed bin Suwaidan Al Balushi, Former Minister of Telecommunications in Oman (& Various Other Departments: 1980-2000)
- Darwish bin Ismail Al Balushi, Minister Responsible for Financial Affairs in Oman
- Jumaa bin Rashid Al Balushi, Former Chief of Royal Protocol in the Diwan of Royal Court of the Sultanate of Oman
- Matar bin Salim Al Balushi, Commander of the Royal Army of Oman (2013-Current)
- Dr Mohammed bin Ali Al Balushi, Former Member of the Municipal Council of Muscat.
- Mohsin bin Khamis Al Balushi, Advisor at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Oman (2005-Current)
- Saood bin Salim Al Balushi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Education Planning and Human Resources in Oman (2006-Current)
- Muhammad bin al-Zubair, Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan of Oman for Economic Planning Affairs
- Members of Parliament
- Abdullah bin Said bin Abdullah Al Balushi, Former Member of the Omani State Council (2017-2011)
- Sheikh Abdullah bin Said bin Rashid Al Balushi, Former Member of the Omani State Council (2007-2011)
- Sheikh Ali bin Saleh Al Balushi, Former Member of the Omani State Council (2011-2015)
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Said Al Balushi, Member of the Omani State Council (2011-Current)
- Noah bin Sabeel Al Balushi, Former Secretary General of the National Security Council and Member of the Omani State Council (2015-Current)
- Said bin Nasser Al Balushi, Omani Supreme Court Judge
- Hamood bin Talib Al Balushi, Omani Supreme Court Judge
- 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.