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List of churches in Dubai and UAE

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List of churches in Dubai and UAE

Directory list of churches, temples, and other places of worship in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other UAE emirates.

Although the UAE is an Islamic country, other faiths are tolerated and there are several places of worship to cater to followers of other religions. Many churches in Dubai have been built on land donated by the government to the respective religious organisations. The US International Religious Freedom Report 2007 speaks favorably of the UAE with regard to religious freedom.

List of mosques in Dubai UAE - separate page for mosques.

Some FAQs, Q&A
  • Are there any Christian churches in Dubai? Yes.
  • Are there Christian churches in Abu Dhabi? Yes.
Churches and Ministries in the UAE
  • Church for All Nations Dubai (?).
  • Church of God UAE, Dubai (?).
  • Church of Theotokos Dubai (?).
  • Day by Day Christian Ministries UAE (?).
  • Dubai Miracle Church, Dubai Miracles Church (?).
  • Fellowship of the Emirates (?), Dubai (?).
  • Glorious Ministries International (GMI)?
  • Good News International Ministries, UAE (?).
  • Russian Orthodox Church - announced 11 Sep 2007 in the Khaleej Times, location unknown.
  • Victory Christian Fellowship Dubai (?).
  • Word International Ministries UAE (WIN) (?) (not World International Ministries).
  • Zodiac Temple Dubai - not a place of worship, is a jewellery store or manufacturer?

List of churches in Abu Dhabi

  • Al Anba Antonio Orthodox Coptic Cathedral Church in Abu Dhabi - pastor Ishaq Al Anba Bishoy (in 2012).
  • Armenian church opened 12 December 2014 in Abu Dhabi on land donated by Sheikh Mohammed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi (in 2006). Priest is Father Mesrob. Marriage ceremonies available for Armenian Christians? Location in Mussafah Industrial area (Sector M26?), near junction of E30 and 16th Street [check].
  • Armenian services at the St Joseph Catholic Church or the St Nicholas Orthodox Church (or St Andrews Church - check) (might be discontinued after new church opened in Dec 2014).
  • Coptic Orthodox Cathedral Church in Abu Dhabi.
  • Saint Andrew's Anglican Church complex.
  • Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church - a hall which is part of the St Andrews Anglican Church complex but functions as a separate church.

Churches in Al Ain UAE (Al Ayn)

  • Al Ain Evangelical Church.
  • Church of God Al Ain.
  • Filipino Evangelical Christian Church of Al Ain.
  • Mar Thoma Church Al Ain.
  • St Mary's Catholic Church in Al Ain.
  • St Thomas Anglican Church Al Ain

Churches in Dubai

Getting married in Dubai information has list of some churches in Dubai

  • Armenian Church is in Sharjah, none in Dubai (April 2008).
  • Christ Church Jebel Ali.
  • Dubai Evangelical Church Center.
  • Gateway Church Dubai.
  • Greek Orthodox Church in Jebel Ali (Saint Mary Greek Orthodox Church) (location map) - first opened 24 December 2009, in time for Christmas celebrations (delayed from November 2009 opening date). Contact Prelacy (subject to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East) tel +971-6-5593834, Father Varnava Missi. Oct 2009 information:
    • Services conducted in Greek and Arabic, congregation mostly from Cyprus, Greece, and Christian Arab communities in Middle East countries.
    • Church available for Russian and Ukrainian congregations at specific times (not supplied).
    • Construction started mid-2007, Byzantine design, first Greek Orthodox Church in the Gulf region. Project cost estimate AED 15 million (US$ 4.1m).
    • Land area 1,800 sq meters in Jebel Ali donated by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai. Most of church basement constructed at no charge by the contractor (name not supplied). Other donations and free assistance included building materials, help with labour and fund-raising.
    • Capacity 400 worshippers in main hall, space for additional 100 in adjacent areas. Regular services have about 300 people attending, and special occasions over 1000.
  • Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Oud Metha, Bur Dubai.
  • Kings Revival Church Dubai (Kings Revival Church International).
  • New Covenant Church, Bur Dubai.
  • Redeemer Church of Dubai, evangelical church.
  • St Francis of Assisi Church Jebel Ali, Dubai.
  • St Mark and Ava Bishoy Coptic Orthodox Church, Bur Dubai.
  • St Mary Catholic Church in Oud Metha, Bur Dubai.
  • St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Dubai, St Thomas Orthodox Church Dubai.
  • The Dubai City Church.
  • The United Christian Church of Dubai.
Temples and other places of worship in Dubai
  • Buddhist Temple in Dubai, Buddhist Monastery in Dubai.
  • Gurudwara, Gurduwara, Gurdwara in Dubai (Dubai Grand Gurudwara, Dubai Gurdwara Golden Temple).
  • Hindu temple in Dubai, Shiva Mandir and Krishna Mandir (?)
  • ISKCON Gavinda Center or temple, Hare Krishna Center (?)
  • Jain Temple Dubai.
  • Sai Baba Temple in Dubai (Saibaba Centre, Sai Center, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple) (?)
  • Sikh Temple in Dubai (Gurudwara Jebel Ali).
  • Synagogue in Jumeirah (?). Rumoured, not confirmed, contact and location information not provided or found. Allegedly built for or by an expatriate American Jewish business man or banker living in Dubai. Unknown if that means it's a private synagogue for him only, or publicly accessible to other Jews living in the UAE. Seen mentioned in reports and forums from 2009-2011, original source of information unknown.
  • Swaminarayan Temple in Dubai.

Churches in Fujairah

  • JIL Fujairah (Jesus Is Lord Church), FB page facebook.com/JILFuj. Started 2010? A Filipino Christian church.

Churches and religious temples in Ras Al Khaimah

  • St Anthony of Padua Church - new church opened by the Vatican Cardinal on Friday 14 June 2013, development cost AED 18.5 million, congregation capacity 1,500 people.

List of churches in Sharjah

  • Armenian Church Sharjah (St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in Yarmouk area of Sharjah). A bit smaller than the St Gregory church in Yerevan, Armenia.
  • IPC Church Sharjah.
  • Russian Orthodox Church
  • St Martin’s Church in Sharjah - extension completed Jun 2013, will serve 80 different religious denominations in the UAE (GN report 22 Jun 2013).

General UAE information

  • Senior chaplain of the Chaplaincy of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah is Rev. Dr Ruwan Palapathwala (GN 22 Jun 2013).
  • Bigger space for worshippers at St Martins Church in Sharjah, Gulf News 22 June 2013, http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/bigger-space-for-worshippers-at-st-martin-s-church-in-sharjah-1.1200585
  • 1,500-seat church opens in Ras Al Khaimah - Gulf News 12 June 2013, http://gulfnews.com/about-gulf-news/al-nisr-portfolio/xpress/news/1-500-seat-church-opens-in-ras-al-khaimah-1.1196291
  • Greek Orthodox Church in Jebel Ali, http://emiratesgreeks.com/info.php?op=details&id=17
  • Greek Orthodox Church in Jebel Ali almost ready, 07 Oct 2007, http://www.emiratesgreeks.com/news.php?op=details&id=123
  • Russian Orthodox Church - announced 11 Sep 2007 in the Khaleej Times, location not disclosed (article no longer available).
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  • Location of churches in Al Ain, Bur Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai Media City, Jebel Ali, Oud Metha.
  • Church news site Dubai?
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Last update Wednesday 11-Feb-2015. Page development 1H 2T 3D 4L 5C.
Related pages
  • Marriage and weddings in the UAE
  • Mosques in the UAE
  • Ministries in UAE - government departments, not religious places.
  • Religion in Dubai and the UAE
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