The work for the Anglican church, The Church of South India is expected to finish construction by 2021.
The Church of South India to open in 2021 and will be historic for their community.
UAE has thousands of churchgoers and while there are several churches for the worshippers to congregate, the UAE has acknowledged the need and decided to build a church that will no doubt go down in the country’s history as a mark of religious tolerance that the UAE constantly encourages its residents.
The Church of South India is expected to be ready for people by June next year and is being built on 4.37 acres of land at Al Shahama. The church will be open to people of all faiths and nationalities to visit and pray and with its location, it is at a great spot for both Abu Dhabi residents and those coming from Dubai.
This Anglican church will have a lot of natural light and will be able to accommodate about 750 people at a time on the ground floor and a balcony. There will be multi-purpose halls, recreational areas and chambers for the priest to live in at the church offering the opportunity to conduct holistic activities for the worshippers. Till date the Anglican community were using the space at St. Andrew’s Church for their prayers on account of not having a dedicated space and with this church, the parishioners have made it imperative that they return the favor by accommodating other communities as well who are looking to conduct services and prayers.
The church really is a testimony to the community spirit in the UAE as 70 percent of the about estimated Dh 11 million that has been the cost was raised from the community. Hopes are high that the remaining amount can be sourced through donations and fundraisers as well which only further highlight the love and passion the project embodies. Reji John, head of the church construction, said, “This is being built as a place of solace for everyone who visits. We hope this will be a symbol of tolerance, love and care for different nationalities, faith and cultures.”