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

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

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.