Christians in U.A.E. are asking us to pray for:
Historically, there are archeological sites showing several population centers along the coast of the Arabian Gulf, including the UAE, dating back 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, this area 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.
Today, the UAE is a federation of seven states, called emirates, ruled by tribal chiefs called Sheiks or Emirs. 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 Jebel Ali. The less wealthy emirates rely on the federal government (largely financed by Abu Dhabi) and the Dubai/Sharjah population hub for economic growth.
The development of the oil and financial industries in the UAE has brought fabulous wealth and rapid modernization. Millions of expatriates have come from around the world to work. UAE nationals make up only 15% of the total population.
Religious tolerance is granted to Christians. The government has given land for church compounds to be built in some of the emirates. However, there is little freedom and tolerance for local Emiratis to turn to Christ.