Licenses are set to be awarded to non-Muslim places of worship in Abu Dhabi during a special ceremony at Emirates Palace on 22nd September.
Peace and harmony will continue during a ceremony to license existing non-Muslim places of worship.
The Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi (DCD), the entity behind the ceremony, has aptly named it ‘A Call for Harmony.’ And we can’t disagree with that!
Earlier this year ADW reported on the decision to establish a legal framework to bring all institutions of worship under one license.
Non-Muslim places of worship, including churches and temples, were not previously officially recognised by law, according to authorities.
Sultan Al Dhaheri, the department’s executive director of community participation, said that public or private entities planning to put up worship venues must first consult with them.
“The UAE is in the forefront of efforts aimed at achieving interaction among all religions and promoting values of tolerance, love and peace across the world,” he said.
“Tolerance, mutual respect and cooperation are key values of the UAE — a nation keenly interested in creating harmony among different segments of society.”
While Islam is the UAE’s predominant religion, the government allows non-Muslims to freely exercise their faith and Abu Dhabi is home to churches and a gurudwara.