Arab Gulf

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About the Region

Serving as a theological center for both Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, the Arab Gulf’s strategic place in the harvest cannot be overstated. Major events in this small region reverberate throughout the entire Muslim world.

Thanks to aggressive economic growth in countries like the United Arab Emirates, there’s a window of opportunity for obtaining residency in many Gulf nations. Highly skilled and qualified workers willing to go and serve long-term will find unprecedented ease of access in this region.

Quick facts
  • Population: 49 million people
  • Approximately 65% Muslim
  • Estimated 73 Muslim unengaged people groups of 10,000+
  • The birthplace and pocketbook of Islam
  • 50 cities of over 100,000 people, 27 of them in Saudi Arabia alone

Regional needs

As the birthplace of Islam, the Arab Gulf still has no known fellowship of local Muslim-background believers.

International corporations and businesses have flooded into this desert region, which is home to two of the world’s strongest economies.

Those with professional degrees and technical skills will find career prospects in competitive fields. This brings new opportunities to reach Muslims who have yet to hear the Good News of the Gospel.

How to pray

  • Pray for God to send more cross-cultural workers with professional skills who are unafraid to live in spiritually restricted places.
  • Ask for open doors for workers to share their faith in the workplace.
  • Pray for the birth of fellowships of Gulf Arab believers and for the Gospel to spread rapidly through family groups and tribes.
  • Pray for the success of social media initiatives to reach Muslims in the Arab Gulf with the Gospel.

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