Area: 77,700 sq km
77,700 sq km of desert and mountains on the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain and Fujairah.
Population: 4,707,307 Annual Growth: 2.86%
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Official language: Arabic Languages: 36 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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a) Large numbers of foreign labourers have a much greater opportunity to hear the gospel in the UAE. Their disillusionment with poor employment conditions opens many to hear the good news. Some expatriate Christians have a vision for evangelising within their own ethnic group and beyond, but training is required.
b) Domestic labourers, in particular, have unique access and witness to their Gulf Arab employers, despite frequently enduring difficult conditions. Pray that their humble witness might lead many to Jesus.
c) There are several TEE and broadcast media programmes aimed at training leaders pray for this vital work.
d) Strategic prayer networks focused on the UAE and Gulf region play a crucial role in preparing the ground for a spiritual harvest.
e) Student ministries and IFES in particular are allowed to establish official campus fellowships in a number of universities, including frequent Muslim-Christian dialogue events.
Medical ministry through a Christian hospital and clinics. These have operated since the old days in the 1960s, especially in poorer areas, and have sown many spiritual seeds as well as engendered goodwill from the government with faithful service. Pray for continued useful ministry, for provision of finances and qualified staff, and for visible fruit.
For an additional 4 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of United Arab Emirates.