By/Yasmin thabet

Abu Dhabi has unveiled plans for a three-in-one religious complex with a church, a mosque and a synagogue on one site.

Designs for the Abrahamic Family House show the three houses of worship facing each other in sprawling gardens on Saadiyat Island in the UAE capital.

Organisers hope the site will become a 'beacon of mutual understanding and peace' in a region often troubled by religious conflict.

It is hoped that the complex will be completed by 2022 and host daily religious services as well as international summits.

The project was inspired by the Pope's historic visit earlier this year when Francis and a leading Sunni Muslim cleric signed a joint statement on 'human fraternity'.

The pontiff's visit in February was the first ever papal trip to the Arabian Peninsula.

Abu Dhabi's ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed first announced the project immediately afterwards.

An inter-faith group called the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was formed after the visit and has championed the building project.

source/daily mail

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