|World Watch List Rank||47|
|World Watch List Score||60/100|
|Leader||President Sheikh Khalifa|
|Population||9,862,000 I 1,068,000|
|Government||Federation of Monarchies|
|WWL Rank in 2019||45|
|Persecution Level||High Persecution|
In the United Arab Emirates, Islam influences everyday life. Christians are prohibited from living out their faith in public. They will also be punished if caught sharing the gospel with others.
Christians who are not citizens can be deported for evangelising and are limited in how they can worship as the government actively censors Christian content online. Despite the pressure, God is still moving and revealing Himself to people through dreams, visions and through His Word.
Mostly, it is Christian converts from a Muslim background who suffer persecution. African and Asian expats have a little more freedom, but not as much as Western expats, that is, as long as they do not evangelise Muslims. Muslim background believers are under severe pressure from relatives, family and Muslim society due to the Islamic government, law and culture.
Christians in the United Arab Emirates, who are mainly foreign workers, are mostly hindered by the government's discriminatory attitude towards Christians and the thoroughly Islamic society, resulting sometimes in deportation. The government places restrictions on the development of facilities for Christian migrants. This is a reality countrywide, although the smaller more conservative Emirates are more restrictive than the larger ones.
Although the Arab Spring did not affect the UAE much, the latest developments in the Middle East do lead the local people to question what good leadership is about. Christians in the country have many opportunities for Muslim-Christian dialogue. Although their situation will remain difficult, Christians in the UAE are tolerated to a certain degree.
Open Doors supports the church in United Arab Emirates by raising prayer and awareness.