File photo of Kuwait Special Forces officer removing a stateless protester after a rally in Kuwait's Tiama district

 
File photo of Kuwait Special Forces officer removing a stateless protester after a rally in Kuwait
A Kuwait Special Forces officer removes a stateless protester after a rally in Kuwait's Tiama district in this May 1, 2012 file photo. The United Nations estimates that Saudi Arabia has some 70,000 stateless and Kuwait has 93,000. It has no figure for the UAE but activists estimate their numbers at between 10,000 and 50,000. UAE officials say the number is less than 5,000. Because they lack basic documents, many bidoons, an Arabic word meaning "without", in the Gulf are unable to own a house or a car and are limited to work only in the private sector with low pay while their children cannot attend public schools. Many live in poverty. To match Feature GULF-STATELESS/ REUTERS/Hani Abdullah/Files