Chinese in United Arab Emirates

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Han Chinese are the largest ethnic group in the world, numbering more than 1.3 billion. Although the vast majority live in mainland China, many have immigrated to other countries, and today they reside in nearly every nation of the world. In a number of these countries, including Laos, Nepal, Tanzania, Cambodia, and Thailand. Most Han Chinese speak one of the many Chinese dialects, which include Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hokkien. Although the dialects are very similar, the speakers of one Chinese dialect cannot understand the speakers of another. The Han Chinese began fleeing to other countries in 1276 after the Mongol invasion. Many other upheavals and conflicts followed, and the Chinese continued to settle in other nations. The Chinese are noted for moving to other parts of the world for commercial reasons. That is why they are beginning to come to the UAE—for business reasons. Almost all of the Chinese in the UAE live in Dubai.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chinese are relatively new to the UAE. The Chinese in the UAE are often shop owners, but others are film makers, agricultural chemists, railroad builders, and others. They tend to come to the Dubai for the opportunities. Most likely the number of Chinese in the UAE will grow in the years to come.

In the last couple of decades, thousands of construction workers, engineers, doctors, cooks and petroleum engineers have migrated from China to Angola.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The Diaspora Han Chinese have generally maintained their traditional Chinese religion, which is characterized by a blending of philosophies. It has added elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism over the course of time. Their beliefs are centered around the concept of maintaining harmony. The Han Chinese consult horoscopes in an attempt to determine what course of action will promote harmony and bring good luck. They also believe in a pantheon of spirits who inhabit the earth. The spirits of their ancestors supposedly roam the earth, and if treated properly, are benign and bring good luck. Ghosts are believed to exist as the spirits of people who are angry at the circumstances of their death; these spirits are said to be malicious and capricious. Deities are supposedly the souls of people who lived especially virtuous lives. They are believed to have spiritual powers that can be used to benefit those who worship them. Although the Han Chinese still claim adherence to these beliefs, they seem to have little effect on their everyday lives. In fact, many of them are non-religious in practice.

What Are Their Needs?

In many countries the Diaspora Chinese are mistreated, but not in the UAE where there is a freewheeling attitude towards business. The Han Chinese suffer from great spiritual needs. Several evangelistic tools are available in their Chinese dialects, but it is hard for them to see their spiritual needs in a Muslim country where they have few if any Christian contacts. These precious people need loving Christians to introduce them to the One who can truly set them free. Though the Chinese are unreached in the UAE, there are millions of Chinese believers who can take Christ to them.

Prayer Points

Pray that Han Chinese believers will begin to share the love of Jesus with the Chinse in the UAE. Pray that Christian broadcasts, evangelical literature, and the JESUS Film will be effective tools for reaching the Diaspora Han Chinese. Ask God to use Christian businessmen to boldly share the Good News with the Han Chinese. Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Diaspora Han Chinese.

Scripture Prayers for the Chinese, general in United Arab Emirates.


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People Name General Chinese, general
People Name in Country Chinese, general
Natural Name Chinese
Pronunciation chai-NEEZ
Alternate Names चाइनीस, जनरल
Population this Country 31,000
Population all Countries 15,879,000
Total Countries 64
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19206
ROP3 Code 115066
ROP25 Code 301734
ROP25 Name Chinese

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
8.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
48.00 %
0.00 %
6.00 %
35.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin (31,000 speakers)
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin (31,000 speakers)
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Mandarin

Primary Language:  Chinese, Mandarin

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1864-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1857-1981)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1874-2018)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus film: view in Mandarin Chinese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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