Jordanian Arab in United Arab Emirates

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Introduction / History

 Jordanian Arabs are considered to be from the "Levant" region of the Arab world. The Levant encompasses Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula are considered the original Arabs, as Arab culture originated from there and later expanded across the Middle East and North Africa. Most Levant Arabs are Muslim due to the close association with Islam throughout their history. However, there are some traditional Christians among them.
Most Levantine Arabs speak Arabic, which consists of many dialects depending on the region. For example, Moroccan Arabic and Levantine Arabic are mutually unintelligible. There exists, however, Modern Standard Arabic, which is the formal dialect that news channels and newspapers utilize to broaden their reach. Almost everyone in the Arab world understands Modern Standard Arabic.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jordanians in the UAE mostly live in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. Many of the Jordanians in the UAE are highly qualified and trained as professors, managers, doctors, and engineers. Social life and hospitality are very important for any Arab culture, and the Jordanians are no different. In Islam, a man can have up to four wives, although currently most Levantine marriages are monogamous. Polygamy was more popular in the past among Jordanian Arabs, especially because providing for a large family was less expensive.
To preserve their people, they are only allowed to marry those inside their own group. Levant Arab society is patrilineal, which means that inheritances are passed down through the males. In this system, boys inherit more than girls. Since children are considered a family's greatest asset, females are valued for their ability to bear children.

What Are Their Beliefs?

 The majority of Jordanian Arabs are Muslims, though there are some traditional Christians among them. Islam is a religion of works that is based on five basic "pillars." (1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet." (2) He must pray five times a day while facing Mecca. (3) He must give generously. (4) He must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year. (5) He must try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in his lifetime.

What Are Their Needs?

 The biggest need for Jordanian Arabs is the need for the gospel. Few Jordanians follow Christ. Christians are free to practice Christianity in both Jordan and the UAE. Jordanian Arabs need prayer for a movement to Christ and freedom to change their beliefs. Prayerful intercession is the key to a movement to Christ.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Jordanian in United Arab Emirates.

Pray for a powerful movement to Christ among Jordanian Arabs.
Pray for Jordanian Arabs in the UAE to have easy access to the gospel. Pray that they would understand they need Christ to save them through faith rather than good deeds.  Pray for Christian Jordanians to share the gospel with their Muslim neighbors through the testimony of their lives and relationship with Christ.  

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-12-05
People Name General Arab, Jordanian
People Name in Country Arab, Jordanian
Natural Name Jordanian Arab
Population this Country 26,000
Population all Countries 4,459,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arab; Arabic, Palestinian-Jordanian; Jordanian Arab; Palestinian Arab
People ID 12368
ROP3 Code 104301

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Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (26,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (26,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1981)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video The Story
Film / Video Together Toward Growth
Film / Video Together Toward Growth (EngSub)
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible )
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
97.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
3.0 %
4.0 %
65.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
18.0 %
Photo Source DFID - UK - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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