UAE: Religion                                               


Native-born Emirians are all Muslims (followers of Islam). Most of the foreign workers are also Muslim, although there are also Hindus and Christians as well. The majority of Emirians are Sunni Muslim. There is a small Shia minority.


Daily Prayer

There are many sacred aspects to the Islamic faith. One is the importance that prayer, considered an act of worship, plays in the devout Muslim daily routine.


Observant Muslims pray five times each day while facing Mecca. Because daytime length changes throughout the year, the prayer times also change. Often prayer times are posted in public places for easy reference.


Prescribed times for prayer are named:

  1. Fajr                one hour before sunrise
  2. Dhur               at noon
  3. Asr                   mid-afternoon
  4. Maghreb         sunset
  5. Isha                about 90 minutes after sunset

Five Basic Rules of the Islamic Faith

1.  Belief in one God, Allah and       his prophet Muhammad

2.  Pray five times a day

3.  Fast during the month of         Ramadan

4.  Give alms

5.  Make a pilgrimage to Mecca,      Saudi Arabia (photo) at              least once in a lifetime




The following are considered unclean and should not to be touched or swallowed.

  • Pigs and pork meat
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Human or animal excrement
  • Carcasses of dead animals
  • Dogs - They may be kept for security reasons, but only outside of the house.