Centuries ago the Thai lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by Westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of the country.
Thai people have gone to other parts of the world for work. Some have gone willingly, while others have been trafficked. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of many destinations for the Thai diaspora.
Most Thai people in the UAE live either in Adu Dhabi or Dubai. There are a smaller number of Thai people in the northern emirates.
Most Thai people in the UAE are construction workers. They probably do not earn very much money, but like many migrants who go abroad for work, they are trying to send some of their earnings to their families at home. These Thai construction workers are almost all men, who probably don't have their families with them.
Others are fortunate enough to have their families present. In recent years the Thai have been able to celebrate the annual water fight they call Songkran, which especially appeals to the young. Other Thai people have opened Thai massage parlors. For various reasons, these masseuses are suspected of providing sexual services.
Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are devout followers of Buddha ("the enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control.
Traditionally, young men enter a Buddhist monastery for three months to study Buddhism. The Tai also attempt to incorporate their Buddhist beliefs with folk animism, a practice in which they seek help through the worship of spirits and objects.
Thai Buddhists are living in a land that is predominately Sunni Muslim. It is even harder to hear the gospel in the UAE than it is in Thailand.
* Pray for the Thai people in the UAE to knock, seek, and find the true savior.
* Pray for them to be reached with the JESUS Film and gospel recordings in the UAE.
* Pray for a spontaneous disciple making movement to emerge for the Thai in the UAE.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Thai, Central|
|People Name in Country||Thai, Central|
|Population in United Arab Emirates||3,100|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Bangkok Thai, Central Tai, Khon Tai, Lao Song, Siamese, Siamese Thai, Tai Noi, Thai Khom, Thai Klang, Thai Song|
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Region||Middle East and North Africa|
|Persecution Rank||40 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Thai (3,100 speakers)|
|Language Code||tha Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Thai|
Primary Language: Thai
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1843-1977)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||New|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Come to Me (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Father's Love Letter (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||GodMan in Thai (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Thai|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||Thai Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|