Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 14 December 2019

Multi-faith prayer room opens at major Abu Dhabi hospital

New room aims to provide visitors to the hospital of all faiths a quiet space to pray

The new multi-faith prayer room at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Department of Community Development
The new multi-faith prayer room at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Department of Community Development

A multi-faith prayer room opened at one of Abu Dhabi's biggest hospitals on Thursday.

The new room aims to provide visitors of all faiths a quiet space to practice their religion.

The Department of Community Development, who inaugurated the room in collaboration with Mubadala Healthcare, the hospital developer, said the initiative was part of wider efforts to promote religious tolerance in the UAE.

“Article 32 of the UAE’s charter stipulates the freedom to exercise religious worship in accordance with established customs provided that it does not conflict with public policy or violate public morals. Since its establishment, our beloved nation has had a proud history of imbuing the values of tolerance and coexistence in the UAE and the wider region," said Dr Mugheer Al Khaili, head of the Department of Community Development.

"The Multi-Faith Prayer Room at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is an excellent example of a community coming together, with the facility being inaugurated in accordance with the UAE laws and regulations, while meeting international standards. We have carried out extensive studies to ensure it meets these standards, while keeping with the customs and traditions of different religions."

It is the second multi-faith prayer room opened by DCD this year. In June, a similar room was inaugurated at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

In September, DCD gave official legal status to 18 non-Muslim places of worship. Many of the churches had existed in the emirate for years, with some having been given the land they are built on by Sheikh Zayed, the nation’s Founding Father.

Updated: November 22, 2019 11:04 AM

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