United Arab Emirates

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Study Shows More Religious Violence in Less Religiously Diverse Countries

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

A recent study has show that there are more incidents of religiously motivated violence in countries that lack religious diversity. Both Somalia and Afghanistan are among the least religiously diverse countries in the world and top the list for countries with the most religiously motivated incidents of violence. Across the Muslim world, Christians living in Muslim majority countries face daily persecution. Take a moment to pray for them today. 

Christians Fight for Middle East Religious Freedom Watchdog

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Christians face a rising level of religious freedom around the world, and especially in the Middle East. Two recent studies from respected research organizations, Pew Forum and Open Doors, have highlighted the massive scale of the issue. Many are pushing for the United States to make the protection of religious minorities a core part of foreign policy, which the administration says that it already is. The problem has been in the failure to back the rhetoric with action. While there are political issues involved, it is imperative that the positions that exist to protect religious minorities be quickly filled if the United States is to have any credibility behind its claims to be a defender of religious freedom.

Indian Christian Brutally Murdered in UAE

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Pakistani Christians Appeal for Land to build Church in UAE

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

This article offers a glimpse into the tight restrictions Christians have to build churches and worship in the United Arab Emirates, which is actually more tolerant toward Christians than most countries in the Gulf. The National reports: “[The Pakistani Christian community in Abu Dhabi] is made up of more than 5,000 members who share Abu Dhabi's three churches with other Christian groups. As a result, demand for worship times is very high, which means services are held late in the evening when most of the community are unable to attend regularly.” Pakistani Christians are appealing for land to build a new church and school.

Dubai Bank Forces Non-Muslims to Wear Isalmic Headscarf

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

The decision by the bank to force its entire women staff, including non-Muslims, to wear Islamic headscarf is a serious violation of freedom of religion.

Muslim Gulf makes room for churches as Qatar catches up

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

As the number of expatriate Christians in Middle East increases, some of those countries are allowing for more Churches to be constructed.

Community celebrates new Abu Dhabi church

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

"This is a historic day as we celebrate 30 years of the Christian community in Abu Dhabi at this facility,"

Christianity returning to the Gulf

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

"After over 20 years of making formal requests to the authorities, the government has finally granted the Christians land to build their own places of worship. The Catholic community were given the largest piece of land, because our presence here goes back down the centuries and also because our community is the largest, now numbering over 100,000 faithful,”

Egyptian Copts hail religious tolerance in UAE

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians are marginalized and persecuted against in their home country. But according to this article, the Coptic Christians are satisfied with they way they are treated in United Arab Emirates.

Religious Liberty in Asia (2 of 3)

Friday, August 4th, 2006

This is the second in a series on religious liberty in Asia from a Catholic perspective.

Filipino Pastor Imprisoned in United Arab Emirates

Monday, December 16th, 2002

International Christian Concern Mourns Loss of Their Leader

Wednesday, August 28th, 2002
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