CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION STATUS
Islam is the state religion of the United Arab Emirates. The government funds all Sunni mosques and monitors any overt religious practices, such as sermons, for political activity and content. Non-Islamic religious groups are not formally recognized by the state but are free to purchase land for places of worship and practice their religion freely within.
The UAE is considered among the most liberal of the Gulf States because they are relatively lenient on some Sharia laws. Homosexuality, for example, although illegal in practice, does not result in life imprisonment or the death penalty, as it does in various other states. The country faces numerous drug-related problems, as it is a central port for African and Asian drug traffickers heading into Europe.
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 college (CIA World Factbook).
The UAE has 3.5 million internet users. According to surveys, around 3.4% of the population watches SAT-7 (SAT-7 Viewer Statistics 2008).
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