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rand al thor



Joined: 29 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2003 12:29 am    Post subject: churches Reply with quote

Just curious, since the UAE is an arab country and presumably moslem if I were to look for a job there I would like to know that I have access to a church. Are there good christian churches available?
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zakiah25



Joined: 09 Feb 2003
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Location: Oman

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2003 1:04 am    Post subject: church services Reply with quote

Usually they are held privately - try you embassy in the U.A.E. for more information.
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nowasta



Joined: 16 Mar 2003
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Location: uranus

PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2003 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't go to church myself but several people I work with do. There are certainly plenty around in the UAE. Just ask at your embassy or some people you work with.
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Afra



Joined: 02 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2003 9:43 am    Post subject: Churches Reply with quote

There are several churches in Dubai and Sharjah; Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopalian, Coptic and Orthodox and probably others. There is freedom to worship but not to convert.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2003 3:10 pm    Post subject: plenty of churches Reply with quote

The only country in the Muslim world that I know of that has no churches is Saudi Arabia. The other countries have no restrictions on the practice of your faith - except, of course, the fact that Sunday is a regular working day. The churches seem to work around this with little problem.

As Afra said, the only restriction on Christians is that they may not proselytize. Through the years I have seen a few people quickly deported for appearing to attempt it.
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rand al thor



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2003 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your help guys.
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Pat



Joined: 05 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2003 4:53 am    Post subject: churches in the UAE Reply with quote

I attend church regularly, my kids go to catechism, and all holidays can be celebrated. Christians are allowed to practice, attend church services, etc. There are churches in almost every EMirate, and 6 new ones have been built near Jebel ALi. There are ten of thousands of christians attending and practicing regularly.
No worries. I'd say we are respected. Also, the Sheikhs provide the land for the churches. There is nothing underground about it.
You actually identify your religion on your visa application, bythe way.
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akardm



Joined: 11 May 2003
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2003 5:30 pm    Post subject: churches in Abu Dhabi Reply with quote

My family and I were in Abu Dhabi from 1998-2000 (I taught at the MLI). All three churches are on the same block, so we used to call it the "church souq." Smile


Anyway, the Evangelical Church of Abu Dhabi is very good, with a great pastor and activities for kids, and there are lots of opportunities for involvement. There are also an Anglican and a Roman Catholic church.

I recommend it.
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