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United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

Also known as: Vereinigte Arabische Emirate (Deutsch), Emiratos Árabes Unidos (español), les Émirats arabes unis (français), Emirati Arabi Uniti (Italiano), Zjednoczone Emiraty Arabskie (polski), Emirados Árabes Unidos (Português), 阿拉伯聯合酋長國 (正體中文), アラブ首長国連邦 (日本語), Phylarchiarum Arabicarum Confœderatio (latine)

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Apostolic Nunciature: United Arab Emirates Archbishop Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis (55)

Conference of Bishops: Conférence des Evêques Latins dans les Régions Arabes (C.E.L.R.A.) Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M. (58)


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Continent: Central and Southwest Asia

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Area: 83,600 km²

Population: 6,072,475

Former Name: Trucial States

Neighbouring Countries: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, ↖ Qatar Qatar, ↑ Iran Iran, → Oman Oman

Cultural Summary

Religions: Muslim (official) 76%, Christian 9%, other (primarily Hindu and Buddhist, less than 5% of the population consists of Parsi, Baha'i, Druze, Sikh, Ahmadi, Ismaili, Dawoodi Bohra Muslim, and Jewish) 15%

Languages: Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu

Ethnic Groups: Emirati 11.6%, South Asian 59.4% (includes Indian 38.2%, Bangladeshi 9.5%, Pakistani 9.4%, other 2.3%), Egyptian 10.2%, Philippine 6.1%, other 12.8%

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 83,600 km²

Catholic Population: 875,000 Catholics (8.8% of 9,890,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 9 parishes, 4 mission stations (without resident priest)

Clergy: 2 bishops (titular), 68 priests (13 diocesan, 55 religious)

Non-Clergy: 43 religious (1 brother, 42 sisters), 3 major seminarians, 1,328 catechists


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