St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai, UAE

Catholic Church in Dubai
Catholic Church in United Arab Emirates

What is the contact information of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai?

Phone: +971 4 3370087 / + 971 4 3358504

Postal Address:
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
P. O. Box : 51200
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Street Address:
Oud Metha Street
Opp. Indian High School
Bur Dubai

Where is the location and directions for St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai?

Oud Metha Road, Near Oud Metha Metro Station
RTA public transport is available to reach Church.
Bus route numbers : X23, X25, F18, C7, C4, C18, 28, 44

What are the mass times for St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai?

English Daily Masses

06:00 AM Holy Mass
06:45 AM Holy Mass
12:00 PM Holy Mass
05:00 PM Holy Mass
07:00 PM Holy Mass

06:00 AM Holy Mass
07:15 AM Holy Mass
09:00 AM Holy Mass
04:30 PM Holy Mass
07:30 PM Holy Mass

06:00 AM Holy Mass
07:30 AM Holy Mass
09:00 AM Holy Mass
04:45 PM Holy Mass
06:15 PM Holy Mass

06:00 AM Holy Mass
06:45 AM Holy Mass
12:00 PM Holy Mass
07:00 PM Holy Mass

06:00 AM Holy Mass
06:45 AM Holy Mass
12:00 PM Holy Mass
07:00 PM Holy Mass

06:00 AM Holy Mass
06:45 AM Holy Mass
12:00 PM Holy Mass
07:00 PM Holy Mass

06:00 AM Holy Mass
06:45 AM Holy Mass
12:00 PM Holy Mass
07:00 PM Holy Mass

Other Language Masses

Arabic Mass
10:30 AM Every Friday
11:30 AM Every Sunday
08:00 PM Every Sunday

French Mass
06:00 PM Every Saturday

Konkani Mass
02:00 PM 3rd Sunday of every month
08:00 PM 2nd & 4th Friday of every month

Malayalam Mass
02:00 PM Every Sunday
08:15 PM 4th Wednesday of every month
08:15 PM 1st & 3rd Friday of every month

Malankara Mass
07:30 PM Every Sunday (Mini Hall)

Sinhalese Mass
04:30 PM 4th Sunday of every month
07:30 PM 1st Sunday of every month

Tamil Mass
07:30 PM 4th Sunday every month
08:00 PM 3rd Wednesday of every month
08:00 PM 1st & 2nd Friday of every month

Tagalog Mass
12:45 PM Every Sunday

Urdu Mass
08:00 PM Every Friday

Confession Times
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (aka Confession) is available upon request or make an appointment with the priest on office working hours.

Timing: Except on Fridays and Tuesdays, daily: from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Office.

Eucharistic Adoration
Every Tuesday at 07:30 PM
Every 1st Friday at 05:30 PM (except during lent)

About St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai

St. Mary’s Catholic Church is a parish church of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The city of Dubai grew up from 1883 when the present reigning dynasty took residence in the south of the bay which now covers an area of 4,000, with about 400,000 inhabitants. Famous in the past as a market-place exporting gold and for printing stamps, Dubai owes its present prosperity to its oil resources which have made it the commercial centre of the Emirates.

Church of the Assumption built in 1967 by Fr. Eusebio Daveri. It was demolished in 1988 to make way for a larger church to accommodate the growing number of Catholics.

H.E. Mgr. Magliacani with H.H. Rashid Bin Saeed AI Maktoum, Sheikh of Dubai on the occasion of the Church’s blessing, 7 April 1967

The Catholic community was at first served from Bahrain, but with the passage of time there was a need for a priest permanently residing there. Fr. Barnabas therefore turned to the wise and benevolent Sheikh Rashid and requested an area for a house of worship. This was immediately granted, but it was not used as it was too far.

In 1965 Fr. Eusebio Daveri arrived in Dubai. He obtained an area that was more convenient and, all by himself, began to make the preparations for a building. In the begining of 1966 a parish hall was ready. The foundation stone for the church was laid by Sheikh Rashid himself on 25 May 1966, and on 7 April 1967 it was solemnly blessed by Mgr. Magliacani and dedicated to Mary Assumed into Heaven.

Besides the church, Fr. Eusebio built a beautiful school, for the construction of which he personally made, with the help of two workmen, 16,000 concrete bricks. However, in no time at all, the school needed to be expanded. A new wing was added and inaugurated on 26 May 1976, on the occasion of the Bishop Gremoli’s first visit to Dubai. The arrival of the Comboni Sisters, on 6 September 1977, brought the school into the mainstream of life in the Emirates. Today it has 2,200 pupils and is considered one of the best English-medium schools in the Gulf. It is affiliated to the University of London and is licensed to issue Advanced Level Certificates.

The new Church inaugurated on November 1989

Today, the Catholic congretation in Dubai numbers more than 80,000 faithful. Their spiritual needs have been looked after by the Fathers.

There was also in Dubai, from 1977, an Arab priest from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, who attended to the spiritual needs of the Arabic and French communities. Fathers Moroun, Assan, Labib and Riad have worked there too. Today we have a Capuchin priest from Lebanon.

The increase in the number of the faithful necessitated the construction of a new and larger church. It was inaugurated on 3rd November 1989 by Cardinal Josef Tomko, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of People. Constructed on the site of the old church, it can accommodate 2,000 persons and is an outstanding monument to the first century of the Vicariate’s existence. Also, the father’s house has been rebuilt, with new offices.

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