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United Arab Emirates

 

45 United Arab Emirates

WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES?

The leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is President Sheikh Khalifa, who was named president in 2004 after the death of his father.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES?

There are 1.2 million Christians in the United Arab Emirates (which is made up of seven states). Christians make up 12.8 per cent of the total population.  

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES?

Islam dominates private and public life here, as well as political discourse in the kingdom. The country is ruled by a dynasty that exerts pressure on society and does not allow any dissent. Freedom of expression, freedom of press and freedom of association are restricted.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES?

Christian foreign workers are free to worship in private, but preaching, praying and evangelising in public are banned. Believers from a Muslim background endure the most persecution as they face pressure from family members and the local community to recant their Christian faith. This makes it almost impossible for converts to reveal their new faith.

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE arabian peninsula?

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You can give to provide vital support

Open Doors supports the body of Christ on the Arabian Peninsula through organising prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training believers and pastors.

£34 could provide literacy training to a persecuted believer in the region.

 
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You can tell others

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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” 

A PRAYER FOR THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Lord Jesus, thank You for the faith of our brothers and sisters in the UAE. Strengthen and encourage believers from Muslim backgrounds, and soften the hearts of their families and communities. Please give the UAE government wisdom and increased tolerance, so that citizens would be allowed to change their faith, and pour out Your Spirit on Your church there.

 

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