The United Arab Emirates comprises seven states which united after independence from Britain in 1971: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Sharjah, Dubai, Quwain and Ras al Khaymah.  Abu Dhabi covers almost 97% of the entire area of the UAE, with Ajman being the smallest state.


The UAE is ruled by seven Emirs, the Supreme Council of Rulers, who are responsible for appointing a Prime Minister and cabinet.  Political parties are not allowed.  Legislation is based on Sharia law, and even foreigners may be subject to flogging if prosecuted for possession of drugs, adultery or prostitution.1

Social Issues

The country faces numerous drug-related problems as it is a central port for African and Asian drug traffickers heading into Europe, although the government has in recent years implemented severe punishments if caught in possession or in the act of selling drugs or alcohol.  The female adult literacy rate of 82% in the UAE is higher than that of men, 77%, owing to the large numbers of women now attending university.2

SAT-7 Viewership

According to surveys, around 3.4% of the population watches SAT-7.3


The UAE is 96% Muslim, with Christians making up an estimated 2%.4  Although other religious groups are not formally recognised by the state, they are free to purchase land for places of worship and practise their religion freely within. 

Prayer Points

  • Pray for continued tolerance and understanding from the state towards Christians as they seek to worship.
  • Pray for the relatively liberal stance towards Christianity in the UAE to spread to its neighbouring countries in order to permit Christians living in the region to worship freely and openly.


“I love SAT-7 because of the topics and programmes you air.  You build our lives, not just spiritually but even socially.  I feel that the body is of Christ is here with me at home through you.”   Contact through the website

1. Middle East Concern | 2. CIA World Factbook | 3.Intermedia survey 2008 | 4. Middle East Concern


viewer quotes

"I have Christian roots and it makes me really happy that I’m able to watch a Christian channel without any problem. So I’m tuning in and watching from early each morning in order to understand Christianity. What better way to spend your retirement could there be? Thank you so much. "

Retired teacher in Turkey

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Viewer of 'Needle and Thread' episode which highlighted discrimination against Sudanese refugees in Egypt

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SAT-7 TÜRK viewer

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Mariam, a viewer in Egypt

"SAT-7 reaches our family in this desert to give us hope where there is none. Our kids know Jesus through you and the miracles he is doing... Through this small TV screen, you reach our heart, we hear the news of Heaven and you give us relief, we feel home where we don't feel it and know we have a Big family in Christ, caring and praying and working."

A family in Saudi Arabia

"Thank you for today's sermon by Dr Maher Samuel. We really need to hear these words; to change the reality with Jesus living in us and to live the life of victory over sins, the life of sanctification and to return to the Word of God.""

Viewer of live service from KDEC church, Cairo

"I started to read the Bible and to watch SAT-7 PARS. Gradually I felt some difference in my heart and realised that I love God. This even changed my mind on emigrating. Therefore I stayed in Iran and now I am one of your viewers. Your programmes are the only source I have to build my faith."

A viewer in Tehran

"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."

Man from Morocco

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A Syrian woman

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Student in Turkey

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An Algerian viewer

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A viewer of 'Just for You'

"I came across Levent Kinran’s programme on your channel. For years, there have been some issues that really bothered me, and he gave great answers to them. Is there a book that I can read? I love the Christian faith very much, but there is a lot of pressure from my family. My Dad especially doesn’t like having the Bible in the house."

A viewer in Turkey

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Parent in Egypt

"Five years ago I started seeking for the truth in different religions. I was lost, confused and wanted to reach out to God. I really needed comfort and peace. Thank God I found peace and the truth through the programmes and the songs on my favourite channel SAT-7."

A woman from Saudi Arabia

"I'm Maya, 3 and a half years old from Amman, watching your bedtime story every night and can't go to bed before listening to your stories. Mama also watching with me."

From a young child in Jordan