In the UAE’s capital, a new interfaith complex comprising a mosque, a church, and a synagogue has opened. The facility, named Abrahamic Family Home, was opened on Thursday.
The property will be accessible to the general public beginning on March 1 at 10 a.m. Residents and guests will be required to make reservations ahead to their arrival.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, emphasized on Twitter the country’s “glorious heritage” of individuals from many backgrounds working together to generate new opportunities.
“As we launch the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, we are dedicated to leveraging the power of mutual tolerance, understanding, and diversity to achieve shared progress,” he continued.
According to its official social media account, the facility is a location where individuals may “practice religion and contemplate” and “discover and exchange information.” It is also a “platform for social interaction.”
Officials had already revealed the names of the three renowned religious buildings: Imam Al Tayeb Mosque, St. Francis Church, and Moses Ben Maimon Synagogue.
The three places of worship were named after Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, and Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon, a Jewish scholar from the 12th century.
The building includes a cultural center that encourages individuals to demonstrate human brotherhood and unity. It seeks to develop a society that values mutual respect and peaceful coexistence, while preserving the distinctiveness of each religion.
The design of the project reflects the ideals shared by Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The complex relates the past and creates connections between human civilizations and heavenly teachings.
Sir David Adjaye, a Ghanaian-British architect, designed the Abrahamic Family Home to reflect the shared ideals of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Abu Dhabi’s government stated before that the complex “recounts the past and develops connections between human civilisations and celestial messages.”
It will be a tangible incarnation of the Document on Human Fraternity signed by Pope Francis and Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, during the pontiff’s historic 2019 visit to the United Arab Emirates.
Sheikh Mohamed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi at the moment, revealed the project for the first time on February 5, 2019.