St. Joseph's Cathedral, Abu Dhabi

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St. Joseph's Cathedral is the only Catholic Church in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The first Church was built in 1962 in the present Corniche on a plot of land donated by Sheikh Shakbut, the ruler of Abu Dhabi. On March 19, 1981, The Church was relocated to its present location in Abu Dhabi. On February 25, 1983, the Church became a Cathedral serving the Roman Catholic Vicariate Apostolic of Southern Arabia with Bishop Bernard G. Gremoli as resident bishop. The jurisdiction of the vicarate consists of the countries of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. On January 30, 2005, upon Gremoli's retirement, Bishop Paul Hinder, OFM Cap., was ordained bishop.[1]

In 2009 the parish had over 100,000 members of over 100 nationalities. The Bishop's House and the school are located within the same compound.

Masses are conducted in various languages, reflecting the population of expatriates in the country, primarily English but also Arabic, Tagalog, Malayalam, Sinhalese, Urdu, Konkani, Tamil, and French.


  1. ^ Malayalam Catholic Community Abu Dhabi retrieved April 29, 2012

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Coordinates: 24°26′56″N 54°23′07″E / 24.4490°N 54.3854°E / 24.4490; 54.3854