The first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi is expected to open next month
31 January 2018| Last updated on 31 January 2018
The UAE has always practiced tolerance towards other religions and coexisted peacefully with them in the country. This has yet again been demonstrated by the first Hindu temple that is opening soon in Abu Dhabi.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning a visit to the UAE’s capital in February 2018. The official opening of the Hindu temple will commence during the Prime Minister’s visit to Abu Dhabi.
The official ceremony will be held in at the temple in Abu Dhabi and then live-streamed at a special reception for Dubai community members. The live-streaming is to ensure as many people as possible are reached with the news.
2000 prominent Indians from all walks of life including business people, professionals, community service people and others will be invited to the community reception in Dubai according to the Consul General of India in Dubai.
This new Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was allotted 25,000 square feet by the UAE government. Temple designs were approved when Modi first visited the United Arab Emirates in 2015. This will be his second time visiting the country.
Other signs of the UAE’s co-existence with other religions was when the Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi was renamed to ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’ which means 'Mary, the mother of Jesus'. There are also numerous Christian churches throughout the country.