• Pray for the UAE government to continue its tough stance against terrorists.
  • Pray for the UAE government to permit religious outreach to the indigenous population.
  • Pray for God to raise up many more Believers in Jesus from among the Muslim population.
  • Pray for the protection and encouragement of the few Arabic Believers in UAE. Pray for them to find fellowship and continue on in boldness.
  • Pray for outreach to other expatriate communities living in the UAE.
  • Pray for the expatriate churches in the Emirates. There are ethnic Arab, Pakistani, Filipino and Indian congregations as well as churches that consist of people from many nations. Pray for there to be unity. Pray for them to be communities of boldness and grace, clearly reflecting the love of God and the power of Jesus to the surrounding peoples. Pray for the training of leaders and teachers and evangelists.
  • Pray for Christians in business in the Emirates. Pray that God will use their life and witness in the workplace to communicate the gospel.


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Population: 8,089,000  
Total People Groups:  44
Unreached People Groups: 33
Region: Middle East/North Africa
Official National Language: Arabic (Standard)  
Secondary National Language: Arabic (Gulf Spoken)
Religions: Islam 74.7%, Hinduism 12.2%, Christianity 8.0%, Buddhism 2.8%, Non-Religious 1.1%, Other 0.8%, Ethnic Religions 0.3%
Persecution Ranking: 38
Percentage of People in Poverty: Not Ranked

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a Middle Eastern federation of seven states situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Southwest Asia on the Persian Gulf, ordering Oman and Saudi Arabia. The seven states, called emirates, are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. The UAE is rich in oil.

Before 1971, the UAE were known as the Trucial States or Trucial Oman, in reference to a 19th century truce between Britain and several Arab sheiks.

Muslims make up 65.4% of United Arab Emirates’ population, while Christians comprise 9.25%. Sunni Islam is the religion of the state. Only about 20% of the inhabitants of the UAE are nationals. The rest are all foreign workers. There are large groups of Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians and Southeast Asians.

United Arab Emirates is ranked No. 38 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” The radical changes over the last three decades have made the UAE citizens more cosmopolitan and open to new ideas, yet Islamic fundamentalism has increased restrictions. Many are in daily contact with foreign Christians, but not all Believers have opportunities to share their faith because of the possible consequences. There is freedom to worship and witness within the expatriate communities, but no outreach to the indigenous population is officially permitted. There is a great need to reach national Arabs. The indigenous Arab population has still had little exposure to the Gospel.

Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors