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United Arab Emirates

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population9,398,000
Christian Population1,206,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentFederation of Monarchies
LeaderPresident Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Score58/100

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates: Conversion = Danger.
Islam has a grip on all areas of life. Converting from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death – so is evangelism. Christians are often forced to disguise themselves as Muslims. Foreigners are free to worship in private but have to refrain from public expressions of their faith. The government does not allow them to worship, preach or pray in public.

Islam At The Centre.
All citizens of the United Arab Emirates are presumed to be Islamic. Doing anything that opposes the law is seen as opposing Islam. This places pressure on new Christians to obey the law and convert back to Islam. 

Despite there being a large number of registered churches, believers from a Muslim background are unable to attend services. Their new faith is illegal. The government is willing to be seen as tolerant of non-Muslims. However, the expectation still exists that Muslims who convert to Christianity will renounce their new faith.

Pray for United Arab Emirates

Pray for the government to see the importance of allowing true freedom of religion. 

Pray for God to strengthen converts who are afraid to reveal their faith to others. 

Pray for God to help Christians find and disciple new believers.

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