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United Arab Emirates


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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

Urbanites: 78%

HDI Rank: 35 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 43 (60% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 36 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

The unreached:

a) The indigenous Arab population. Both urban educated and rural illiterate (including the semi-nomadic Bedouin) have limited meaningful access to the gospel. The Arab believing population is increasing, however, though not without significant risk to their livelihood and safety. Discipleship for these believers and opportunities for fellowship are great needs. Arabic language BCCs and teaching via broadcast media are valuable resources.

b) Expatriate communities. Iranian (Persian, Baluch), Pakistani/Afghan (Punjabi, Pushtun and Baluch), Bengali, Somali and Sudanese communities all have few if any believers. Pray for them to somehow receive the good news.

Media available for outreach. There is a definite interest in and hunger for Christian media resources. Where public proclamation is extremely difficult, these means are easily accessed in private. Pray that many might come to accept Jesus as Saviour and grow as disciples, despite the obvious lack of church structures for these private believers.

a) Radio and television. FEBA and IBRA contribute 57 hours per week of radio broadcasts from abroad, in Arabic. Another 64 hours per week are broadcast in several other languages. Satellite television programs (on the Al Hayat, Miracle and SAT-7 channels) disciple, teach and witness in Arabic. Pray that many would see and hear this life-changing material.

b) The JESUS film is translated into most of the languages present in the emirates, including Arabic. The God’s Story Project is also available in many of the languages present in the UAE.

c) Christian literature distribution is limited in that it must be done discreetly. Pray for the opportunity to open a Christian reading room or library that would give all in the UAE the chance to interact with Scripture and other Christian materials.

d) The Internet. A myriad of websites powerfully share the gospel in Arabic and other languages. Pray that many in this increasingly high-tech country would find the truth online. Pray also that restrictions on accessing sites with Christian materials and Christian-Muslim dialogue might be lifted.

     For an additional 4 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of United Arab Emirates.