An artist's impression of the Church of South India in Abu Dhabi.
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DUBAI – A new Protestant church called Church of South India will be built in Abu Dhabi to serve hundreds of parishioners.
The laying of the foundation stone was held on Saturday (December 7) in Abu Dhabi’s Abu Mureikha area, near the under-construction Hindu temple.
Construction will begin soon at an estimated cost of Dh9 million, and the church is expected to open to the public in 2021.
The church sits on more than four acres of land donated from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
The Church of South India in Abu Dhabi will be the second in the UAE, following the one in Fujairah.
“It is yet another milestone of the religious freedom in this country. We will now have the ability to properly serve our community,” said Reverend Sojee Vergis John.
There are more than 6,000 members of the Protestant community in the UAE. ICA/Expat Media
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