The constitution upholds religious freedom for the expatriate community (80% of the population) as long as public customs and morals are respected – although the government restricts this freedom in practice. Non-Muslims can worship freely in dedicated buildings or homes, but evangelism is prohibited. UAE citizens, however, are defined as Muslims, and the penalty for changing religion is death. There are very few local believers among the Muslim population. Converts may be pressured to return to Islam, or choose to hide their faith, or leave the country.
- For single believers who desperately want to marry Christians; pray that believing families will meet.
- For Muslim-background believers, especially women, for whom the threat of honor killing by the family is real.
- That God will build His kingdom, despite the difficulties.