Russian Orthodox church to open in UAE

Agence France Presse — English
August 18, 2004 Wednesday 3:54 PM GMT

Russian Orthodox church to open in UAE


A Russian Orthodox church is to be built in Sharjah, one of the
United Arab Emirates (UAE), which are home to an estimated 8,000
Russian speakers, church authorities in Moscow said on Wednesday.

The decision follows an agreement struck in April with the Sheikh of
Sharjah, Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, the patriarchy said.

Russian Orthodox faithful in Sharjah currently attend an Armenian
church, built there several years ago with approval from the emirate.