UAE’s first official synagogue to open in multi-faith complex in 2022 – World

The construction of the first official synagogue in the United Arab Emirates will begin next year and be completed in 2022, according to local media reports.

The synagogue will be part of the complex of several houses "Abrahamic Family House" in Abu Dhabi, which will also have a mosque and a church whose complete construction will be completed in 2022, Abu Dhabi newspaper The National reported Sunday.

The complex was announced in February after a visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates, the first of a pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula.

The Muslim UAE promotes themselves as a center of tolerance and says they support religious freedom and cultural diversity.

However, the government does not allow dissent against its leadership and is criticized by human rights groups for imprisoning activists.

Although the synagogue will be the first in the United Arab Emirates, a small Jewish expatriate community currently uses a house in Dubai for private worship.

Other official non-Muslim places of worship in the country include Christian churches, a Hindu temple and a Sikh Gurdwara.

The majority of those living in the UAE are foreign workers, the largest group of which are Indians. The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said that about 2.6 million Indians live in the UAE, or about 30 percent of the population.

The UAE has no diplomatic relations with Israel, although Israeli politicians have visited the country to attend international events.


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