Pope visit to UAE on February 5th 2019
Pope visit to UAE is one of the major events in the history of the nation. The Pope Francis who is the head of the Roman Catholic Church is visiting the UAE at the invitation of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces.
The Pope will visit UAE from 3rd to 5th of February in 2019. This was announced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation as part of UAE’s commitment to acceptance and open-mindedness during the Year of Tolerance and its ongoing dedication to facilitating inter-faith dialogue.
What is the Pope Francis’s program of the 3-day visit to UAE in 2019?
Day 1 – 3rd February 2019, Sunday
- Arrival at Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport – 10 PM
Day 2 – 4th February 2019, Monday
- Main entrance of the Presidential Palace – WELCOME CEREMONY – 12 Noon
- Presidential Palace – OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE CROWN PRINCE – 12.20 PM
- Visit to The Grand Mosque of Sheikh Zayed – PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE MUSLIM COUNCIL MEMBERS – 5 PM
- The Founder’s Memorial – INTERRELIGIOUS MEETING – 6.10PM
Day 3 – 5th February 2019, Tuesday
- St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Abu Dhabi – PRIVATE VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL – 9.15AM
- Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi – HOLY MASS – 10.30AM
- Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport – FAREWELL CEREMONY – 12.40PM
- Abu Dhabi – Departure for Rome – 1 PM
Information Courtesy: https://uaepapalvisit.org/programme
When is Papal Mass held in UAE?
Papal mass in Abu Dhabi is on February 5 at 10.30 AM
What is the venue for Papal mass held as part of the pope visit to UAE?
Papal Mass will take place at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, during Pope Francis’s visit to the UAE
Is there a holiday for mass participants?
When is the International Interfaith Meeting on Human Fraternity?
The event is on 3rd February 2019 and Pope Francis will be the chief guest for the ceremony.
Tickets for Popes Mass and visit to UAE
Tickets for Pope mass are given for free, but one will NOT be allowed to enter the premises without a ticket.
Due to slots “limited” to 120,000, seats for the open-air mass which the Pope will conduct at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, are now being raffled off at different parishes across the Gulf region.
The Holy High Mass is live-streamed in all Catholic Churches in UAE.
When and who will distribute the tickets?
The corresponding parishioners are responsible for the ticket distribution. Contact then for updates.
What is the scheduled start time for Popes Mass in UAE on February 5th, 2019?
The pope mass is planned to begin at 10.30am at Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
Who can purchase tickets for holy mass by Pope Francis visit to UAE?
A quota will be reserved for
- The Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia, which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
- Most of the spaces granted to the Catholic faithful of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia which, alongside the UAE, covers Oman and Yemen.
- A small number of tickets will alocated to people living in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq and others.
- For people living in non-GCC countries, tickets are allocated on a come, first served basis
- According to a website dedicated to the papal visit, applications from the rest of the world outside the Middle East are no longer being accepted as these allocated places are already full.
When will the recipients of the tickets be announced?
Soon after registration is closed. registration was planned to close on January 21 2019.
Which is the official website to check details for Pope Visit to UAE?
What is the contact number to inquire about Pope Visit to UAE?
UAE Papal Visit Call Centre Tel: +971-4-3179333
Transportation to reach Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi to attend the holy mass with Pope or How to reach for mass with Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi?
The Government of UAE have arranged FREE transportation from designated “Access Hubs” across UAE to reach for mass. The transportation options include:
Government – Sponsored Transportation
The participant has to choose their Access Hub at the time of collection of tickets and collect the transport ticket. So there will be 2 tickets – Entry Ticket and Transport Ticket
Private Transportation – Yas Gateway Park
If you want to drive to Abu Dhabi, Collect the Yas Gateway Access Hub Parking Ticket. From there to venue shuttle bus services are available
Travelers to Abu Dhabi and Dubai the previous day and for international guests
Transport Tickets must be collected from the Dubai or Abu Dhabi parishes when they collect their Entry Ticket.
Walking to the venue
Faithful who wish to walk to the venue can do so. However please take care to carry the Emirates ID along as there can be checking in many points.
Some Important Information about Pope Visit to UAE
- NO TICKETS, NO ENTRY
- Soft check at all Access Hubs
- Children above 2 should have valid tickets
- Distance to Walk will be 500 meters to 1 kilometer from the bus drop-off points to the venue
- There are restricted items that can be brought to the venue.
- Check out more details at the official website for Pope Visit to UAE – https://uaepapalvisit.org
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