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From 3-5 February the UAE will host the historic visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and His Eminence Dr Ahmad At-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif. The landmark occasion marks the first time any Pope has visited the Arabian Peninsula and will incorporate a series of high-profile events in Abu Dhabi - a backdrop for the two religious leaders to discuss the promotion of human fraternity and world peace. This globally significant event is part of the nation’s 2019 Year of Tolerance and reflects the UAE’s position as a global capital for tolerance and humanitarianism.

About the Human Fraternity Conference

The Human Fraternity Conference will be held in conjunction with the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church and His Eminence Dr Ahmad At-Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif to the UAE from 3 to 5 February 2019.

The conference is organized by the Muslim Council of Elders, an independent international organization based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The conference gathers under the same roof prominent religious, intellectual and media personalities from across the world.

The Conference will see four main sessions and nine workshops Principles of Human Fraternity, Common Responsibility to Achieving Human Fraternity, Human Fraternity: Challenges and Opportunities.

Tolerance in UAE

Since its establishment in 1971, the UAE has been committed to tolerance and peaceful coexistence. People from all over the world from different religious, creeds and cultural backgrounds have been welcomed to make the country their home.  Its philosophy of nationhood has created a bridge that crosses conflicts and encourages engagement between the different cultures that seek peace, development, cooperation and growth. 

Even before it became a nation, the land within the borders of the modern UAE represent a cultural heritage of tolerance dating back centuries that are based on the true understanding of Islamic principles. It has become recognized as a model for tolerant practices, peace and coexistence which is passed on from generation to generation.

Because of its experience and track record of coexistence - with 200 nationalities living harmoniously within its borders today - the UAE is well qualified to become a global capital of tolerance and human fraternity. A nation that is a launch pad for initiatives aimed at eradicating all evil, malicious and destructive powers from the world.

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AGENDA
  • Day One Sunday 03/02/2019 Abu Dhabi
    21:15
    His Eminence the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb’s arrival in Abu Dhabi
    22:00
    His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State’s arrival in Abu Dhabi
  • Day Two Monday 04/02/2019 Abu Dhabi
    10:50
    Grand Imam to meet religious leaders, guests of the Global Conference of Human Fraternity Meeting
    12:00
    The official reception of His Holiness Pope Francis at The Presidential Palace
    17:00
    The Pope and Grand Imam’s visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
    17:10
    The Grand Imam and the Pope to attend a meeting with the leaders of the Muslim Council of Elders
    18:10
    The Pope and Grand Imam to attend the ceremony of the Human Fraternity Meeting at The Founders Memorial
  • Day Three Tuesday 05/02/2019 Abu Dhabi
    10:30
    The Pope conducts the Papal Mass at Zayed Sports City
    13:00
    Farewell ceremony for the Pope and the Grand Imam
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