Religion in the United Arab Emirates
There are more Sunni than Shiite Muslims among the residents. The country has various courts.  There is a Shariah court although it cannot enforce many of the Shariah punishments like neighbouring Saudi Arabia. Waqfa, Eid al-Adha, the Islamic New Year, Mawlid, Lailat al Miraj, and Eid al-Fitr are national holidays.  Maliki Shariah applies in cases of divorce. Polygamy is legal (up to four wives are allowed per man). Conversion from Islam to another religion is not permitted.
Protestants and Roman Catholics form significant proportions of the Christian minority. The country has at least 33 churches. The schools in public ownership have no Christian religious education. Many Christians in the United Arab Emirates are of Asian origin.
Hinduism and Jainism
Hinduism and Jainism are practiced by a large percentage of the community of Indians and Sindhis living in the UAE. To acknowledge the contribution of the Indian business community towards the early development of Dubai as a trade port, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum granted the permission and the land to build a temple complex in Bur Dubai.
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