Video/Photos: Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi on first papal trip to Arabian Peninsula

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In a historic event; Pope Francis landed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday evening for a three- day visit. This is his first visit to the Arabian Peninsula.

He was received at the airport by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Eminence Dr Ahmad Al Tayyeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif University and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders.

Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi for the first ever Papal visit to the Arab Peninsula (video)

Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi for the first ever Papal visit to the Arab Peninsula (video)

In preparation of Pope Francis’ Papal Mass, road closures have been announced in Abu Dhabi from 6pm on February 4 until 6pm on February 5.

Around 135,000 people are expected to gather at the Zayed Sports City for the Papal Mass on February 5.

In a statement, Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the visit of Pope Francis and Dr Ahmad Al Tayyeb to the UAE. Expressing his great happiness, he said that the visit is especially important in promoting the values of fraternity, peace and peaceful coexistence. The visit is also significant because it reinforces ties of friendship and cooperation between the UAE and the Vatican, he said.

Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi for the first ever Papal visit to the Arab Peninsula (video)

Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi for the first ever Papal visit to the Arab Peninsula (video)

Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi for the first ever Papal visit to the Arab Peninsula (video)

Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi for the first ever Papal visit to the Arab Peninsula (video)

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