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Greek Orthodox community to get first church in the Gulf October 28, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Religion & Faith.

Worshippers are hoping to start building a new Greek Orthodox Church soon after getting the go ahead from officials.

Members of the Greek Orthodox Christian community in the UAE say their new church will be the first of its kind in the Gulf.

John Theodory, an Arab Canadian who is chairman of the church committee, said he was delighted that work could now begin. “It is a very nice gesture from the government of Dubai,” he added.

The church is being built on a 1,800 square metre plot of land in Jebel Ali donated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Officials at Dubai Municipality have granted a licence for the project to go ahead, Theodory said.

There is currently a Greek Orthodox church in Iraq and a rented villa in Kuwait used by worshippers.

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