Work as worship
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states formed in 1971. Although each state - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al Quwain - maintains a large degree of independence, the UAE is governed by a Supreme Council of Rulers made up of the seven emirs, who appoint the prime minister and the cabinet.
Before oil was discovered in the 1950s, the UAE's economy was dependent on fishing and a declining pearling industry. But since 1962, when Abu Dhabi became the first of the emirates to begin exporting oil, the country's society and economy have been transformed.
The late Sheikh Zayed, ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE at its inception, was quick to seize on the potential of the oil industry. He oversaw the development of all the emirates and directed oil revenues into healthcare, education and the national infrastructure. The oil industry has attracted a large influx of foreign workers who, together with expatriates, now make up more than three quarters of the population.
The Oasis hospital was established in 1960 through the invitation of the late Sheikh Zayed and because the personnel of the hospital were Christian, permission was given to build a place of worship for them. Today there are several church compounds all over the UAE where expat believers can meet and fellowship. This makes the UAE one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, with other cultures and beliefs generally tolerated. In terms of guarding the local population's Muslim identity, local laws are strict. Therefore, even though Christian expats have been around since before 1960, the UAE is still considered one of the unreached nations in the world with only a handful of local (underground) believers.
What do we do?
For over 25 years OM-ers has been serving in the UAE in many different capacities – medical workers, teachers, engineers, etc. You can serve God through your profession. You are welcome to join us for a prayer, short term outreach or vision trips. As OM-ers serving in the UAE we are called to be a Christ-like, encouraging, equipping community known for prayer, accountability, trust and love fostering our diverse gifts with the purpose of culturally-relevant evangelism and discipleship, nurturing indigenous worshipping fellowships.
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How you can help?
PRAY - Pray for the people of the UAE- that they will hunger and thirst for God. Pray that the power of the love of money and materialism will be broken, and people will long for a relationship with God. Pray for the expat believers to live and witness about the love of God to the locals they work with and live amongst.
GIVE - Support the work of OM in the Arabian Peninsula (AP) http://www.om.org/en/give
GO - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
More information about the UAE
Economy: The people of the UAE generally enjoy a high standard of living because of oil wealth.
Population: 2013-UAE's total population 9.2 million - 1.4 million Emirati citizens & 7.8 million expatriates.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Largest city: Dubai
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam