|Host country||Saudi Arabia|
|Dates||2 March – 18 March|
|Venue(s)||1 (in 1 host city)|
|Champions||Iraq (3rd title)|
|Runners-up||United Arab Emirates|
|Third place||Saudi Arabia|
The 9th Arabian Gulf Cup (Arabic: كأس الخليج العربي) was the 9th edition of this tournament. It was held between March 2 and March 18, 1988, in Saudi Arabia. It was the second time after 1972, that Saudi Arabia hosted this regional football tournament. The tournament was won by Iraq. It was the third title for Iraq after having won the tournament 1979 in Baghdad and 1984 in Muscat.
Having scored four goals each, Ahmed Radhi from Iraq and Zuhair Bakhit from the UAE shared the top-scorer award. Habib Jaafar (Iraq) was voted as best player, Oman's goalkeeper Yousif Obaid won the best-goalkeeper-award.
Oman achieved their first victory in the Gulf Cup tournament after beating Qatar 2–1. Before so, the Oman had failed to win a single match in the 14 years prior.
|United Arab Emirates||8||6||3||2||1||7||4||+3|
|9th Arabian Gulf Cup Winners|