Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi to open in 2022



The cultural monument of the capital of the United Arab Emirates, which includes a synagogue, a church and a mosque, aims to be a beacon of understanding and peaceful coexistence, inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity.

By Robin Gomes

The Abrahamic Family House, which brings together a synagogue, church and mosque in one complex and slated to be inaugurated in 2022, is 20% complete, the High Committee for Human Fraternity (HCHF) said on Tuesday in a statement. . The committee, which is also overseeing the project, said it was inspired by the 2019 edition. Document on human fraternity. Built on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the project is closely followed by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb of al-Azhar, who have approved the design, said the HCHF.

The Abrahamic Family Home takes its name from the Biblical Old Testament figure, Abraham, who is recognized and highly revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb of al-Azhar after the signing of the document on human brotherhood in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019

Shared values

The design of the Abrahamic family home, by architect Sir David Adjaye, captures. values ​​shared by Judaism, Christianity and Islam, through three main buildings, including a mosque, a church and a synagogue in one place. “As such, the complex tells the story in innovative ways and builds bridges between human civilizations and heavenly messages.”

The names of the three distinct iconic places of worship within the Abrahamic Family Home complex are officially unveiled as “Imam AlTayeb Mosque”, “St. Francis Church”, and “Moses Ben Maimon Synagogue”. Moses ben Maimon was a prolific and influential Sephardic Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages.

Harmonious interfaith coexistence

In addition to the 3 places of worship, the site includes a cultural center which aims to encourage people to embody human brotherhood and solidarity within a community that cherishes the values ​​of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence, while preserving the character unique of each faith.

Virtual model of the future Abrahamic family home in Abu Dhabi.

Virtual model of the future Abrahamic family home in Abu Dhabi.

The design of the Abrahamic family home was first unveiled by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, at a global gathering in New York in 2019, during the 2nd meeting of the HCHF. IT said the design was also presented to Pope Francis and the Grand Imam during a meeting with them in November of the same year.

“The Abrahamic Family House embodies harmonious interfaith coexistence and preserves the uniqueness of each religion,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and member of HCHF. He said, “This personifies Abu Dhabi’s vision for human brotherhood and integrates coexistence into the already diverse cultural fabric of the UAE. Overseeing the development of this iconic project is inspiring and reflects the UAE’s efforts to to give concrete expression to the values ​​of the Document on Human Fraternity and to promote its noble principles. ”

The document on human fraternity

He explained that the names of the three places of worship recognize the work of the Grand Imam, Pope Francis and Moses Ben Maimon, and “use their teachings to forge a message of goodwill for future generations around the world.”

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, soberly called Document on Human Fraternity, was signed on February 4, 2019 by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam during the Pope’s visit to Abu Dhabi.

Cultural landmark

In the spirit of this Document, the complex of the House of the Abrahamic Family will welcome all visitors wishing to worship, learn and dialogue. In addition, it will offer a variety of programs and daily activities and host international conferences and world summits that will showcase a harmonious coexistence within communities. “As a place of learning, dialogue and worship,” said the HCHF, “the Abrahamic Family House will be a cultural landmark and an inspiring global symbol that embodies the shared values ​​of harmonious coexistence and understanding. between the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The iconic geometric architecture of three cubes, representing the separate places of worship, evokes the unified community and the mutual coexistence between the three religions. At the same time, the design reflects traditional architecture while retaining the individual traits of each of the three religions.

Project supervisors said that during the design phases of places of worship, members of religious communities around the world were engaged and consulted to ensure consistency and compliance with the requirements and teachings of the respective religion.

When completed, the Abrahamic Family Home complex will provide followers of the respective denominations with sufficient space for “true peace of mind and soul in an atmosphere of privacy.” The HCHF said: “Every aspect of the design comes to life through the unique architectural features and construction details of the facades, external and internal views, columns, windows and vaults which reflect the unique characteristics of each of the three. Abrahamic beliefs.



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