For those who don’t know much about the religious minorities in the UAE, the first question that might come to their mind is this: Are there any churches in Dubai? The answer is yes. Dubai is home to a number of minorities, especially Christians. Therefore, there is no shortage of churches for practising Christians or those who just want to visit. Today, MyBayut has made a list of the top 10 churches in Dubai for you.
Best Churches in Dubai
Since expatriates make up 90% of the population in UAE, there’s a large number of Christians living in Dubai. That’s why the place doesn’t fall short of worship centres for these minorities. Let’s have a look at our list of churches in Dubai, their faith, location and the communities they cater to.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
St. Mary’s Catholic Church is also one of the most-visited Catholic churches in Dubai. It was established by the Late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the-then UAE Prime Minister and Vice President. He donated land in 1966 to this church. The inauguration was done the next year, but it got demolished in 1988 only to be rebuilt to cater to a growing community of Catholic Christians in Dubai. Presently, this Church is known as the largest Roman Catholic Parish in the world. It is also one of the oldest churches in Dubai and the whole GCC region.
- Location: 247 Oud Metha Road, Dubai
- Phone: +971-4-337-0087
New Covenant Church Dubai
Located on Oud Metha Road, this is a Full Gospel Church in Dubai. Full Gospel Churches believe that the Holy Spirit is following its path mentioned in the New Testament Gospels. This includes performing miracles and healing. Full Gospel churches find their roots in Pentecostalism, which is a modern Christian movement. It asserts that the Holy Spirit needs to be baptised by “speaking in tongues.” Therefore, baptism is a routine at any regular Full Gospel Church. This makes New Covenant Church a Pentecostal Church in Dubai.
- Location: Holy Trinity Church, Oud Metha Road, Dubai
- Phone: +971-50-422-0251
St. Francis of Assisi Church
This is one of the most prominent Catholic churches in Dubai. Bishop Bernard Gremoli inaugurated it in November 2001. Currently, Bishop Paul Hinder is the pastor of the Parish, which is an administrative district having its own church and priest/pastor.
St. Francis of Assisi Church is located off Sheikh Zayed Road in Jebel Ali, behind the Al Muntazah Complex. People coming from the Jebel Ali interchange, from the Ibn Battuta Metro station via taxi or bus or from The Gardens Boulevard can easily reach it. This church caters to people in Jumeirah, Jebel Ali Gardens, Jebel Ali Village, Jebel Ali Industrial Area, Al Quoz Industrial Area and Jebel Ali Free Zone.
- Location: Jebel Ali, Dubai
- Phone: +971-4-884-5251
- Office Hours: 09:00 am to 12:00 pm and 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays
Emirates Baptist Church International
This is one of the few Baptist churches in Dubai. It follows the Holy Bible and comprises mainly of expat English-speaking believers. The congregation at this Dubai church is a diverse one, having people from all age groups in attendance. It is mainly catering to Christian expats living in Al Barsha.
- Location: Inside Grand Excelsior Hotel, Al Barsha, on 7 69 A Street, Dubai
- Phone: +971-4-349-1596/ +971-50-422-9655
Holy Trinity Church
Holy Trinity Church is an Anglican Church in Dubai. Anglicans believe in One God but they have faith that there are three traits of this singular God: the Holy Spirit, the Son and the Father. They are staunch believers of the teachings of Jesus Christ, whom they see as the son of God. Holy Trinity Church in Dubai hosts a number of congregations with expat Christians from all over the world attending. There are more than 30,000 worshippers at this church.
- Location: Near Iranian Club Dubai on 19th Street in Dubai
- Phone: +971-4-337-0247
Formed in 1975, CSI Parish is a Church of South India in Dubai. Reverend T.S. Joseph, who was the Bishop of Madhya Kerala Diocese at that time, gave permission to build it. The church is heavily influenced by Late Reverend Philip Sturdy. Currently, it has three full-time priests serving it. Attendees are from all six dioceses (districts being guided by a Bishop at a Church) in Kerala, India.
- Location: St. Paul’s Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Oud Metha Road, Dubai
- Phone: +971-52-591-6303
King’s Revival Church International Dubai
Another well-known Pentecostal church in Dubai, King’s Revival Church is a Pentecostal Full Gospel Non-Denominational Church in Dubai. Non-denominational churches don’t follow one specific Christian sect or denomination. They establish their own leadership rules, worship rituals and policies, making them one of the most modern Christian churches all over the world. King’s Revival is a charismatic non-denominational church as it believes in healing people of all diseases via miracles. The church caters to an ethnically-diverse community of Christians in various languages.
- Location: 7 17b Street, Oud Metha, Dubai
- Phone: +971-55-106-6151
Maranatha Full Gospel Church
This is another Full Gospel Church that has faith in the New Testament. This church was ordained by Pastor Juxy in 1994. It is part of the wider Maranatha movement that started at the end of the 20th century. It has presence all across the UAE, including Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi and Oud Metha in Dubai.
- Location: Oud Metha, Dubai
- Phone: +971-6-525-2882
The Dubai City Church
Located in Oud Metha, this is a church in Dubai emphasizes study of the Holy Bible. It aims to help people in their walk with God by following the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Dubai City Church was founded in 1999 by a group of 20 faithful people. Since then, it has expanded to Abu Dhabi and also hosts a Russian congregation in the UAE. It also has a branch in Sydney, Australia. The church has its own International Outreach program in India too.
- Location: Community Hall, Holy Trinity compound, Oud Metha Road, Dubai
- Phone: +971-50-705-7605
Dubai Mar Thoma Church
This is a Marthomite Church in Dubai. Marthomites are basically Syrian Christians. It was built in 1969 by believers hailing from Kerala. Today, 2,200 families are members of the church, reflecting its successful growth. It caters to the spiritual needs of Marthomites. Dubai Mar Thoma Church holds four worship services per week.
- Location: Jebel Ali, Near Lifeline, Dubai UAE
- Phone: +971-4-884-5233
So that’s it for the best churches in Dubai. In addition to these, there are smaller centres where Orthodox Christians, Jacobites, Protestants and other congregations get together for prayers. Most of the residential areas in Dubai have churches which are not too far away.
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As you can see, Dubai is an extremely tolerant city that welcomes people from all religions. Even a couple of Muslim mosques offer mosque tours to non-Muslims in the UAE. If you want to follow similar MyBayut updates, stay tuned to the best property blog in the UAE.