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Dedication of Fujairah Parish on 29th and 30th May 2003

Fujairah, UAE: Mon, 26 May 2003: Job Mar Philexenos, Metropolitan of Delhi Diocese will solemnize the consecration and dedication of the newly constructed Church at Fujairah, on 29th and 30th May.

The first part of the consecration will be held on Thursday 29th May at 5.30 PM and the second part at 4 PM on Friday, 30th May. A large number of faithful from the different parts of UAE are expected to participate the functions. This would be the 5th parish of Malankara Orthodox Church in the United Arab Emirates. There were a few members of the Indian Orthodox Church, among the Keralites who settled in Fujairah. Even though they were few in number, they remained staunch and loyal to the mother Church, having regular prayer meetings enabling themselves to ponder their faith and traditions soundly.

The Fujairah orthodox Congregation is very active since about 25 years. The only chance of the congregation to fulfill the spiritual needs of the members was to depend the priests of the neighboring parishes as well the visiting Bishops and the priests. For the last 3 years Fr. K.G. Alexander was serving as the Vicar of the congregations in Fujairah, Dibba, Khorfakkan and the parish in Ras al Khaima. At the moment there are about 100 members in Fujairah and neighboring places, counting family as one.

The magnanimity, kindness and the generosity of His Highness the Ruler of Fujairah is to be appreciated by all alike. His Highness gave the land and permission to construct the church, as well as spent the entire cost of construction on a condition that the new parish to pay back the entire amount to the Government in four installments.

Fujairah is an emirate famous for the tourist attractions, having plenty of blessed natural beauty. Locally it is considered as the paradise of tourists. Three sides of Fujairah are surrounded by Rocky Mountains and on the forth side; it has got vast seashore. Fujairah has a pleasant and lovely atmosphere. As soon as the oil reserves were found under the loose sand and deep waters of UAE so widely in early 60s, the state reached the highest peaks of richness and popularity. So by the mid-60s UAE achieved a super position among the world nations. When Abu Dhabi, the capital of UAE, as well as Dubai and Sharjah, the so called trade capitals, grew into achievements after achievements, the smaller emirates like Fujairah, Ras al Khaima, Ajman and Um al Qaiwan also had a growth, even though it was not at the same scale. Many foreigners from different countries reached UAE in search of their livelihood. The locals were very eager to receive them with open hands. The fortune seekers selected each emirate for their dwelling.

Report by Fr. K.G. Alexander, Fujairah, UAE