The Salvation Army in the Middle East began with meetings held by expatriate Salvationists from South Asia who had moved to the Gulf coast countries for employment.

After years of independent effort by local leaders, requests for official recognition were sent to IHQ. In August 2008 General Shaw Clifton appointed the first officers to Kuwait.

Expansion continued from 2010 and onwards into neighbouring countries, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman, and became a region officially on 1 April 2011. The region has active congregations in four countries, communicating the gospel in innovative ways. 

Regional Leadership

Captain Douglas Newman - Regional Commander

Captain Janet Newman - Regional Leader for Ministry and Mission

Regional Headquarters

The Salvation Army Regional Headquarters
C/o The Lighthouse Church
PO Box 80
Safat 13001

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Countries included in the territory: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates

Languages in which the gospel is preached: English, Malayalam, Tamil