People from different religions can now pray together at Abu Dhabi International Airport, after a multi-faith prayer room was opened in celebration of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.
Abu Dhabi’s Department of Community Development (DCD) inaugurated the first multi-faith prayer room at Abu Dhabi International Airport on 30 June.
It provides a space for passengers of all faiths to reflect and pray in a communal setting. Details of the design have not been reveleaed.
Under Article 32 of the UAE’s charter, people are free to exercise religious worship in accordance with established customs, as long as it does not conflict with policy or violate public morals.
DCD chairman Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili said the opening of the airport’s first multi-faith prayer room will enhance the country’s reputation for “tolerance, moderation, and peaceful coexistence”.
The room is open to use for all passengers, transit travellers and airport staff, according to the statement on Emirates News Agency.
Al Khaili said the government department wanted to “create spaces” for people from all over the world to be free to practice their faith at the airport and emirate at large.