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United Arab Emirates


The Christian population of the UAE is about 9 percent of the total population, but these Christians are nearly all foreign workers. There are very few known Christians among the native Emirati Arabs. Foreigners enjoy a high level of religious freedom, and Christian churches are allowed in the country with the understanding that they will not evangelize Muslims or undermine the local government. Proselytizing Muslims is forbidden. It can be difficult for foreigners to form close relationships with Emirati families, but some Christians are intentional about sharing their faith with other migrants living in the UAE (Persians, Afghans, South Asians, etc.). Very few indigenous Emiratis have come to faith inside their homeland.

Major Religions:

Most Emiratis are Sunni Muslims.


Emirati Christian converts are persecuted primarily by their immediate families.

What It Means To Follow Christ In The United Arab Emirates:

Only a few native Emiratis have converted to Christianity from Islam. Due to the modernity of their country, they enjoy some degree of flexibility in meeting secretly for worship. However, if their faith is discovered, they will lose their jobs, homes, spouses and children. Their families will disown them, and they may be prosecuted for apostasy.

Access To Bibles:

The people of the UAE have easy access to the Bible through the internet or the various churches for expatriates throughout the country. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM provides support to Christians from a Muslim background and supports follow-up work for the many media ministries reaching into the country from abroad. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for women whose children have been taken away because of their faith in Christ.
  • Pray for God's blessing on all outreach activities taking place in the country.
  • Pray for the salvation of persecuted believers' family members.
  • Pray that seekers who hear the gospel will come to know Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for God's protection of secret fellowship meetings.
  • Pray that more workers will be sent to tribal areas of the country.