Christians in U.A.E. are asking us to pray for:
The UAE is a federation of seven states, called Emirates, ruled by tribal chiefs called Sheiks or Emirs. There are archeological sites showing several population centers along the coast of the Arabian Gulf, including the UAE, dating to 2000 B.C. Islam came to this region within the first 50 years after Mohammed’s death in 632 AD. Once a center for piracy, it was known as the Pirate Coast before being subdued by British forces. It became a British protectorate in the 19th century and remained so until independence in 1971.
The largest and richest of the Emirates is Abu Dhabi with significant oil and gas reserves. Dubai is the commerce center of the Gulf with the major port of Jebal Ali. The development of the oil industry in the UAE has brought fabulous wealth and rapid modernization to the major population centers, as well as many expatriates from around the world. UAE nationals make up only 20% of the total population. The poorer Emirates rely on the federal government (largely financed by Abu Dhabi) and the Dubai/Sharjah population hub for economic growth.
Religious tolerance is granted to Christians, and some churches and Christian schools are allowed to operate publicly in government-determined locations. Muslim evangelism is not allowed. Several imprisonments have occurred since 1992 due to evangelism among Muslims.