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 Jewish 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

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.

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

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Libyan
People Name in Country Arab, Libyan
Natural Name Libyan Arab
Pronunciation LI-bee-un AE-rub
Alternate Names Bedouin; Kharga; Libyan; Libyan Arab; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab; Selima; Tripolitanian Arab
Population this Country 44,000
Population all Countries 2,766,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13169
ROP3 Code 105948
ROP25 Code 300409
ROP25 Name Arab, Libyan

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (44,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (44,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Libyan Spoken
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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