Graphic shows the itinerary for Pope Francis visit to Abu Dhabi and number of Christians by country in the Arabian peninsula.


البابا في أول زيارة له إلى شبه الجزيرة العربية

By Jordi Bou

February 3, 2019 - February 5, 2019 - Pope Francis’ visit to the United Arab Emirates marks the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula.

Francis, who already has made trips to about half a dozen predominantly Muslim nations, will also visit Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the largest in the country.

There are about a million Roman Catholics in the UAE, all of them expatriate workers.

As Abu Dhabi became a major oil exporter and Dubai grew into the skyscraper-studded city it is today, the Emirates' rapid economic expansion drew millions of foreigners to everything from white-collar office jobs to hard-hat construction work.

PUBLISHED: 31/01/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images