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

Jerws already worship in a house in the UAE. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 22 September 2019

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

  • The synagogue will be part of the multi-faith ‘Abrahamic Family House’ complex in Abu Dhabi
  • A small Jewish community of expatriates currently use a house in Dubai for private worship

DUBAI: Construction on the United Arab Emirates’ first official synagogue will begin next year and be completed by 2022, according to local media reports.
The synagogue will be part of the multi-faith “Abrahamic Family House” complex in Abu Dhabi, which will also feature a mosque and church of which full construction will be completed in 2022.
The complex was announced in February following a visit by Pope Francis to the UAE, the first by a pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula.
The UAE promotes itself as a center of tolerance and says it supports religious freedom and cultural diversity.
Though the synagogue will be the first in the UAE, a small Jewish community of expatriates currently use 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 about 2.6 million Indians live in the UAE, or about 30 percent of the population.


Cricket legend Tendulkar finds hotel worker who gave him batting advice

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Cricket legend Tendulkar finds hotel worker who gave him batting advice

  • Hotel worker noticed Sachin Tendulkar swung his bat differently when he was wearing an arm guard
  • Cricket legend retired in 2013 after scoring more than 34,000 runs in Tests and one-day internationals

NEW DELHI: A hotel worker whose unsolicited advice helped the batting of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been located after the Indian superstar launched an appeal.
The worker approached Tendulkar about 19 years ago at the hotel where he worked in Chennai, saying he had noticed he swung his bat differently when he was wearing an arm guard.
Tendulkar, who was midway through his record-breaking career at the time, said the advice was valuable as he redesigned his arm guard and went from strength to strength.
“I don’t think I had spoken about this to anyone in the world. I was the only person who was aware of that,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.
“After that I actually came back to the room from the ground, carried my elbow guard and I re-designed my elbow guard according to the correct size and the amount of padding and I played.”
The hotel said it had found the worker and offered to set up a meeting, while an Indian news website also said it had located the man.
“I asked him (Tendulkar) if I can give him a suggestion concerning cricket,” the worker, identified as a member of the security staff named Guruprasad, was quoted as saying by the ‘The News Minute’.
“I really wasn’t sure if he would listen to someone like me but he readily agreed.”
The meeting apparently took place in early 2001 during the Test series against Australia, when Tendulkar scored 126 in the first innings in Chennai.
The 46-year-old Tendulkar retired in 2013 after scoring more than 34,000 runs in Tests and one-day internationals, including a record 100 centuries.