Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 16 October 2019

A first look at 'The Peace Visit': The documentary on Pope Francis's trip to UAE

'The Peace Visit' premieres on National Geographic Abu Dhabi tonight

Filmmakers have released an exclusive first look at a documentary which chronicles Pope Francis's visit to the UAE.

The Peace Visit was produced by National Geographic Abu Dhabi and follows the Pope's three-day trip to Abu Dhabi in February as part of the UAE's Year of Tolerance. It will premiere on Thursday, September 5 at 8pm.

Ahead of its premiere, National Geographic Abu Dhabi shared a first look with The National.

One clip shows the Pope meeting Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Another shows him walking through a group of people, with Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Noura Al Kaabi watching on excitedly.

"This message will transcend beyond the borders of this region," Al Kaabi says to the camera at one point.

The 22-minutes documentary looks set to feature several interviews with key UAE figures.

Screened in three parts, the film will highlight the events and meetings that took place during the trip and features interviews with local citizens and government ministers. The first part is mostly a backgrounder on the relationship between the UAE and the Holy See, and shows the moment the Pope accepts Sheikh Mohamed's invitation to visit the UAE.

The second part focuses on the Pope's visit to Abu Dhabi, where he met with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders Dr Ahmed El Tayeb, and which led to the signing of a Human Fraternity Document.

The final part captures the Papal Mass delivered at Zayed Sports City stadium, in front of more than 100,000 attendees.

The screening of The Peace Visit was held at the National Geographic headquarters in Washington DC in July.

At the time, National Geographic Partners chairman Gary Knell said the Pope’s visit was a first for any pontiff, representing an historic meeting of faiths.

"His landmark trip attracted worldwide attention, with all of the grandeur and formalities that come with a papal visit set to the stunning, dramatic backdrop of the Arabian Peninsula," said Knell.

"But, this trip was more than just pomp and circumstance – it had a clear purpose: to promote tolerance across not only the Middle East, but the world."

Updated: September 5, 2019 12:37 PM

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