People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Arab, Saudi of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 46,955

ROP3 Code: 108748
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Arabian
Language: Hijazi Arabic - (acw)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Saudi Arabia

Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 3,700

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 2,800

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 1,875

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 1,800

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 1,700

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Brief Profile

The number of Arab, Saudi people migrating continues to increase annually. The increase is due to several factors: one being an influx of Arab, Saudi students. However, the student population fluctuates annually making it difficult to determine the overall population of Arab, Saudi people.

The Saudi Government encourages it's young men and often women to travel abroad for their education. Due to the rich economic situation in Saudi Arabia the government even offers grants and scholarships to help these young Saudis travel and attend colleges. A 2014 article in Arab News, alleged that 111,000 Arab Saudi students were in the United States. Due to the state of the Saudi Arabian economy, Saudis also migrate to the North America with the intention of staying permanently.

To keep their culture and traditions, Arab, Saudis will only marry an Arab, Saudi. It is very uncommon to marry outside of their own people. In fact there are serious consequences for women especially if they decide to marry someone from outside their culture.

The majority of Arab, Saudi people are Sunni Muslim and make very few exceptions when living their lives. The most noticeable change is that men tend to adopt western fashion but will return to their more traditional dress when they attend meetings or celebrations at the mosque or other more formal events. On the other hand, women almost always wear a head covering and although they will adopt some form of western fashion it will be worn in a very modest way.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that evangelical churches would reach out to Arab, Saudi students before they return to Saudi Arabia.
  • Pray that God would reveal himself through dreams and other means to Arab Saudis.
  • Pray for evangelical Christians and American university students to develop a burden for Arab, Saudi people..

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.

Other Resources

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesComptonLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA3,700
United StatesSugar LandHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX2,800
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON1,875
United StatesDetroitDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI1,800
United StatesWestchesterChicago-Naperville-ElginIL1,700
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC1,160
United StatesAlexandriaWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaVA1,100
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA1,000
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC790
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR725
United StatesLittletonDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO670
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX600
United StatesEdmondOklahoma CityOK511
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX400
United StatesPittsPittsburghPA363
United StatesIndianapolisIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN359
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT255
United StatesTulsaTulsaOK249
United StatesNorfolkVirginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport NewsVA249
United StatesAlbanyAlbany-Schenectady-TroyNY240
United StatesCinCincinnati-MiddletownOH237
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR112
United StatesCorpus ChristiCorpus ChristiTX106
United StatesMcAllenMcAllen-Edinburg-Mission-BrownsvilleTX100
United StatesColumbiaColumbiaSC100
United StatesFayettvilleFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR89
United StatesLincolnLincolnNE75
United StatesJonesboroJonesboroAR55
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY36

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