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Your ultimate guide to churches in the UAE

These churches have been in the UAE for long and show off the diverse cultural community here

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Christmas is around the corner and here's where you can go for a celebratory service in the UAE. Most of these churches also host services by denominations that are not their own. Find one closest to you and contact them for timings and the specific types of services.

Note: This is only a list of church buildings that serve as places of worship and does not include associations or organisations practising Christianity in the country.

Abu Dhabi

There are two areas in Abu Dhabi that serve as central locations for churches.

Al Mushrif

The Al Mushrif area has many of the churches in Abu Dhabi and is also very close to the Shaikh Zayed Mosque. The residential area is known for its peaceful and family-friendly atmosphere.

St. Andrews  ChurchAnglican | Hosts services of all denominations02 446 1631
St. Anthony Coptic Orthodox CathedralCoptic Orthodox  
St. Joseph Catholic ChurchCatholic02 446 1895/1929
St. Nicholas Orthodox ChurchOrthodox02 446 4578
Evangelical Community ChurchEvangelical|Multiple denominations02 446 4563
St. George Orthodox CathedralOrthodox02 446 4564


This special economic zone is on the outskirts of the main city but have a few churches. 

St. Paul's ChurchCatholic02 446 1114
Armenian Church of Abu Dhabi Armenian Apostolic Church02 554 1818
Mar Thoma ChurchMalankara Mar Thoma Syrian02 555 5464
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day SaintsEvangelical 

Al Ain

St. Mary's ChurchCatholic03 721 7929


Jebel Ali Village

Most of the churches in Dubai are concentrated in this church area of Jebel Ali Village. Lifeline Hospital is an important landmark here if you are trying to find your way to these churches.

St. Francis of Assisi ChurchCatholic04 884 5251
United Christian Church of DubaiEvangelical|Multiple denominations04 884 6623
Dubai Marthoma ChurchMalankara Mar Thoma Syrian04 884 5233
Saint Mary Greek Orthodox ParishGreek Orthodox050 631 6823
St Mina Coptic Orthodox ChurchCoptic Orthodox04 884 4000
Dubai Evangelical Church CentreEvangelical|Multiple denominations04 884 6630
Christ Church Jebel AliEvangelical|Multiple denominations04 884 5436
Mor Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Orthodox CathedralJacobite Syrian 04 884 4382

Oud Metha

With many schools and businesses in the area, Oud Metha is also well connected by public transport for church-goers. If you plan to visit, Al Jadeed Bakery by St. Mary's is a crowd favourite for visitors to St. Mary's Catholic Church.

St. Mary's Catholic ChurchCatholic04 337 0087
St. Thomas Indian Orthodox ChurchOrthodox04 337 1122
Holy Trinity ChurchMultiple denominations056 114 0231


Sharjah has a whole group of churches and prayer halls in Al Yarmook, near the Ministry of Labour building. The traffic in the area can get quite congested on weekends and Thursday evenings. Residents from Ajman are frequent visitors here.

Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Orthodox ParishArmenian Apostolic Church06 566 0320
Saint Martin's Anglican Church Anglican06 566 3388
St. Gregorious Orthodox ChurchMalankara Orthodox06 566 1765
St. Michael's ChurchCatholic06 566 2424
Marthoma ParishMalankara Mar Thoma Syrian06 566 9868
Sharjah Worship CentreMultiple denominations 
Russian Orthodox ChurchRussian Orthodox055 685 0331
Virgin Mary & St Philopateer Coptic Orthodox ParishCoptic Orthodox06 566 9990


St. Peter's Jacobite ChurchJacobite09 223 9366
St. Gregorious Orthodox ChurchOrthodox055 584 2528
Our Lady of Perpetual Help ChurchCatholic09 223 1377

Ras Al Khaimah

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic ChurchCatholic 
St Mary's & Archangel Michael Orthodox ChurchCoptic Orthodox 
RAK Evangelical ChurchEvangelical050 226 9809
St Thomas Mar Thoma Syrian Church, Ras Al KhaimahMalankara Mar Thoma Syrian 

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