Libyan Arab in United Arab Emirates

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Ironically, Libya once was a country that took in foreigners; now they are going to other parts of the world. Since 2011 Libya has yet to see a government that is able to impose effective law and order over the heavily armed population. As a result, there have been up to two million Libyans who've fled their home country for peaceful ones like the UAE.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Libyans who reach the UAE are most likely to be those with money and marketable skills. Libyan businessmen and teenagers are also discovering the internet, where Christian sites may lend additional witnessing opportunities in more of a private setting.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, was from Libya, and Cyrenian Jews carried the gospel back to Libya after Pentecost. Islam replaced Christianity in 624 A.D., and they have never looked back. Libyans remain solidly Sunni Muslim. Most Libyan Arabs are not aware of what Christians really believe. Because of their strong Muslim roots, even if they had an opportunity to hear the gospel, they would not initially consider the message as having anything to do with them.

What Are Their Needs?

Libyan Arabs are one of the most unreached people groups in the world even when they leave their Sunni Muslim country.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Libyan in United Arab Emirates.

Pray for Libyans in the UAE to have the opportunity to hear of the Risen Lord and hearts that are willing to live for Him. Pray for workers to go to the Libyans in the UAE.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Libyan
People Name in Country Arab, Libyan
Natural Name Libyan Arab
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 2,699,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bedouin; Kharga; Libyan; Libyan Arab; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab; Selima; Tripolitanian Arab
People ID 13169
ROP3 Code 105948

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Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (46,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (46,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Libyan Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Libyan Spoken

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Libyan Spoken
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Al Jazeera English - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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