Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Pope’s Visit To The UAE


A truly historic occasion is upon us. The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis will visit the UAE for three days at the beginning of February.

It’s the first official Papal visit to the UAE, and here he will participate in the “International Interfaith Meeting on Human Fraternity” and perform a public mass to over 100k people who have applied in advance for free tickets.

Here’s what you need to know about the Papal visit

He was invited by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

He arrives late evening on February 3 and leave on midday on February 5

The inter religious meeting at the Founder’s Memorial takes place at 6:10 pm and Pope Francis will enjoy a private visit to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Abu Dhabi at 9:15am on February 5.

There’s a website dedicated to the visit, where you can see his full schedule

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The public Papal Mass takes place at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi at 10.30am

Tickets are currently being distributed to parishes across the UAE. Tickets applicants have been advised they will be issued one ticket for entry and one ticket for transport.

The Government of Abu Dhabi has arranged free transportation from designated hubs across the UAE.

There will be designated parking at the Yas Gateway Access Hub and walkers are advised to carry their Emirates ID.

The venue hosts 120,000 people, arrive early and expect waiting time.

The Pope is a symbol of peace and tolerance and his visit is an important mark of support for the UAE’s 2019 Year of Tolerance

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Pope Francis will depart from Abu Dhabi to Rome at 1pm on February 5


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