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Pope Francis is currently in a state visit to the UAE. In 2000 years of the Catholic church and its existence, this is the first time where a Pontiff has visited the Arabian Peninsula and the UAE has truly practiced its celebration of the “Year of Tolerance” with a grand welcome of Pope Francis. Here are some pictures greeting the pope during his arrival.

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This is truly a great feeling knowing that the UAE has become more open to the global field. Much more when expats of various nationalities are able to practice their faith.

Pictures: Pope Francis Receives Grand Welcome Ceremony at the UAE Presidential Palace

So how does the UAE create a buzz when they showcase their hospitality? Here are pictures that represent the impressive preparation made by the United Arab Emirates.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 4, 2019: Day two of the UAE papal visit – His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, bids farewell to HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (not shown) and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence (not shown), after an official reception at the Presidential Palace.
( Ryan Carter / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 4, 2019: Day two of the UAE papal visit – Members of the UAE Armed participate during a reception for His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church (not shown), at the Presidential Palace.
( Eissa Al Hammadi for the Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

uae welcomes pope

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 4, 2019: Day two of the UAE papal visit – Members of the UAE Armed Forces Cavalry Division escort HE Xi Jinping, President of China (in vehicle), upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace.
( Saeed Al Neyadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 04, 2019: Day two of the UAE papal visit – (center R L) HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence, stand for a national anthem during a reception, at the Presidential Palace.
( Rashed Al Mansoori / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 4, 2019: Day two of the UAE papal visit – Members of the UAE Armed Forces Cavalry Division escort HE Xi Jinping, President of China (in vehicle), upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace.
( Mohamed Al Baloushi for the Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 4, 2019: Day two of the UAE papal visit – His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church (R), presents a gift to HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (L), during an official reception at the Presidential Palace.
( Ryan Carter / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 4, 2019: Day two of the UAE Papal visit – HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence (L), and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (R), meet with His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church (C), during an official reception at the Presidential Palace.
( Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 04, 2019: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (R) greets a member for the Vatican delegation during a reception for His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church (2nd R), at the Presidential Palace. Seen with HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence (3rd R).
( Hamad Al Mansoori for Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – February 04, 2019: Day two of the UAE papal visit – (R L) HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church and HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Defence, stand for a national anthem during a reception, at the Presidential Palace.
( Rashed Al Mansoori / Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

Images from: https://uaepapalvisit.org

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