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

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