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First Coptic church to open soon in Sharjah

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  • Thomas Daniel
    2003.03.19 Gulf News: First Coptic church to open soon Sharjah | By Abdullah Arbab | 19/03/2003 The Egyptian Coptic Church in Sharjah. ©Gulf News The first
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      2003.03.19 Gulf News:
      First Coptic church to open soon

      Sharjah | By Abdullah Arbab | 19/03/2003
      The Egyptian Coptic Church in Sharjah. ©Gulf News

      The first Coptic Orthodox church in the UAE is about to open early
      next month, following completion of the building in Yarmouk.

      The imposing church, which is undergoing final touches in interior
      decorations, will take over the services from the Coptic Orthodox
      room at the Holy Trinity Compound in Dubai.

      The building may also take over the services in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
      The UAE is said to have a sizeable number of Coptic Christians.

      The building is expected to accommodate over 1,000 worshippers. The
      church compound will also accommodate other church-related service
      facilities.

      Father Rolf Pearson, chairman of the Middle East Council of Churches
      in Dubai, pointed out the UAE is one of the countries in the region
      that allows churches. Others include Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, where
      Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Coptic and other Christian
      denominations live.

      He estimated between 40,000 and 60,000 Coptic community members live
      in Kuwait alone. There are over a million Christians in the Gulf.

      Father Pearson said there are a considerable number of churches for
      the different Christian groups in the UAE. "There are currently about
      half a dozen services for different Christian groups at the
      designated church complex in Yarmouk."

      The location in the centre of the city means worshippers can also
      reach the church more easily.

      In Dubai, there are church service rooms for various Christian groups
      at the Holy Trinity Compound and a church in Jebel Ali, he added.

      In Abu Dhabi, there are three church compounds for Catholic,
      Protestants and Evangelical groups, as well as a compound in Al Ain
      for the various groups, including the Coptic Orthodox.
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