On Sunday morning, a multi-faith prayer room has been officially opened at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The multi-faith prayer room has been dedicated to passengers, transit travelers, and airport staff. The prayer room would offer a quiet and reflective space to passengers to gather and practice their faith. The multi-faith prayer room is located away from the main airport and would allow passengers to follow their respective faith.
The announcement about the inauguration of multi-faith prayer room was made by the Department of Community Development (DCD). The inauguration of the first multi-faith prayer room at the AUH is in celebration with UAE’s Year of Tolerance and is in partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports.
The opening of the multi-faith prayer room was attended by important representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports and the Department of Community Development, which includes His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Airports Chairman; Bryan Thompson, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports; Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development; and Ahmed Juma Al Shamsi, Acting Chief Operations Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.
This plan is in accord with DCD’s wider attempts to provide a good and dignified life for all those who call Abu Dhabi as their home. Part of this is guaranteeing that worshipers from all religions have the right facilities to practice their faith. Along with the many other religious facilities throughout Abu Dhabi, the room at AUH would be devoted to passengers, transit travelers, and airport staff.
Article 32 of the UAE’s charter specifies the freedom to exercise religious worship in accord with established customs, if that it does not conflict with public policy or breach public morals.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community Development stated that the Department intends to improve the UAE’s position as an international hub for tolerance, moderation, and peaceful coexistence.