Country: United Arab Emirates

Number of People Groups

32

People Groups Unreached

27 (84.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

9,739,000

Population in Unreached

7,802,000 (80.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

9.2%

% Evangelical

1.57%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

5.5%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Arab, Egyptian 997,000 64,573,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 12.00 % 3.90 % -
 Arab, Emirati 1,178,000 6,385,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 0.40 % 0.30 % 24
 Arab, Iraqi 50,000 16,419,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.80 % 0.20 % 1
 Arab, Jordanian 26,000 4,381,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 2.00 % 0.30 % 1
 Arab, Lebanese 27,000 8,993,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 5.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Arab, Omani 31,000 2,820,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Arab, Palestinian 100,000 11,080,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 4.00 % 0.50 % 2
 Arab, Saudi - Hijazi 381,000 21,224,000 Arabic, Hijazi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Arab, Sudanese 29,000 19,773,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 1.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Syrian 49,000 15,765,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 5.00 % 0.10 % 1
 Arab, Yemeni 16,000 7,164,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Armenian 3,000 6,562,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Baloch, Southern 390,000 1,638,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Bedouin, Gulf 190,000 190,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Chinese, general 32,000 15,618,000 Chinese, Mandarin Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 1.00 % 1
Deaf 20,000 46,968,000 Language unknown Islam 8.55 % -
 Filipino, Tagalog 596,000 37,887,000 Tagalog Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % -
 Hazara 99,000 4,576,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
 Japanese 4,000 124,370,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.50 % 0.50 % 1
 Malay 29,000 16,968,000 Malay Islam 4.00 % 2.00 % 1
 Malayali 322,000 1,411,000 Malayalam Hinduism 15.00 % 2.00 % -
 Nepali, general 98,000 708,000 Nepali Hinduism 0.40 % 0.20 % 2
 Pashtun, Northern 390,000 34,339,000 Pashto, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Persian 312,000 41,266,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.40 % 6
 Romani, Domari 68,000 3,462,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Shihuh 20,000 63,000 Arabic, Shihhi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Socotran 15,000 148,000 Soqotri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Somali, Issa 41,000 23,117,000 Somali Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 75,000 1,474,000 Bengali Islam 1.00 % 0.30 % 2
 South Asian, general 4,139,000 12,292,000 Hindi Hinduism 4.00 % 0.70 % 83
 Thai 3,200 21,399,000 Thai Buddhism 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Turk 10,000 61,293,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  32 9,739,000         27 9.17 % 1.57 % 165 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 32,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 9,771,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   9,739,000 32 27 84.4 % 7,802,000 80.1 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,167,000 2,969.2 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,926,000 7,741.3 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,921,000 2,063.1 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,285,000 1,194.0 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
9,739,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Gulf Spoken afb 3 3 Bible Portions
Arabic, Hijazi Spoken acw 1 1 Unspecified
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 3 3 Bible Portions
Arabic, Omani Spoken acx 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, Shihhi Spoken ssh 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 1 1 Bible Portions
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Hazaragi haz 1 1 Bible Portions
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 1 1 Complete Bible
Malay zlm 1 1 Complete Bible
Malayalam mal 1 0 Complete Bible
Nepali npi 1 1 Complete Bible
Pashto, Northern pbu 1 1 Complete Bible
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Soqotri sqt 1 1 Bible Portions
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Unknown xxx 1 0 Unspecified
Totals: 28 32 27   14 15 22 24 12

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.5 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.6 %)
9.2 %
Ethnic Religions
0.3 %
Hinduism
29.0 %
Islam
60.5 %
Non-Religious
0.4 %
Other / Small Religions
0.2 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.2 %
Orthodox
12.9 %
Other Christian
1.3 %
Protestant
9.1 %
Roman Catholic
67.2 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in United Arab Emirates. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in United Arab Emirates
  • Christian ministry in United Arab Emirates
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

United Arab Emirates Statistics
People Groups 32
Unreached People Groups 27  (84.4%)
Population 9,739,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.4%
Population in Unreached 7,802,000  (80.1%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 165
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 9.2%
Percent Evangelical 1.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 5.5%
Country Progress Level 2
Urbanization 87%
Continent Asia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code AE
Official Language(s) Arabic, StandardArabic, Gulf Spoken
Literacy Rate 90%
Estimated Illiterate Population 974,000
Persecution Ranking 45 (1=High to 50=Low OD)
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* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.