Malay in United Arab Emirates

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People Name: Malay
Country: United Arab Emirates
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 30,000
World Population: 17,309,300
Primary Language: Malay
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.80 %
Evangelicals: 0.40 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Malay
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


The Malay people live in Southeast Asia, and they rigidly enforce Sunni Islam on their people. Their country, Malaysia, hosts many ethnic groups that can be Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, animists or Christian. Though their country hosts many others, some Malay are hosted by the UAE as they work there. They tend to take high status positions as engineers, banking and education.

Ministry Obstacles

There is much more pressure to remain Muslim for Malays than there is for most other Sunni Muslim peoples. They get even less influence from other religious communities in the UAE than they get in Malaysia. All their lives it is drilled into the Malay that to be Malay is to be Muslim.

Outreach Ideas

There are believers in the UAE, and there are fewer restriction than there are in Malaysia. The UAE might be a good place for Christian businessmen to reach the Muslim Malays.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Malays in the UAE a willingness to question institutionalized Islam.
Pray for workers to go to them.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Malay in the UAE.

Text Source:   Joshua Project