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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The religious freedom enjoyed by all major faith groups is notable. Ruling families have loaned some land and allowed building of compounds for several confessions of Christianity as well as for Hindus and Sikhs. Praise God for this freedom, and pray that these facilities would not become Christian ghettos but rather launching pads for ministry.
Radical changes in the last generation created a culture crisis in the UAE. Traditionalists and progressives face off over many issues such as the role of women and democracy. The younger generation hangs in the balance, but will their Islamic heritage merely be replaced by selfish materialism? Pray that new opportunities will yield a spiritual hunger for the truth and not just the trappings of a wealthy lifestyle.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of United Arab Emirates.