Pope Francis made history by touching down in Abu Dhabi and becoming the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Gulf.
The head of the Catholic church landed in the UAE on the evening of Sunday February 3 and was welcomed at the Presidential Airport.
The Argentinian will hold a public mass at Zayed Sports City at 10.30am tomorrow (Tuesday February 5) in front of an audience of 135,000 people.
But for those in the UAE that don’t have tickets, and millions more around the world, there’s a chance to watch a stream of the event on YouTube.
Today (Monday February 4) sees the pontiff meet with The Crown Price of Abu Dhabi HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Palace before meeting the Muslim Council of Elders at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
At 6.10pm there will be a meeting at The Founder’s Memorial with other religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh and Buddhist faiths.
The trip is part of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance which HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE’s Miniter of Tolerance is hoping will help chart a path towards world peace.
He says that better understanding and dialogue between different religions will help avoid conflict.
On the day of the Papal mass, Pope Francis will make a private visit to St. Joseph’s Cathedral before making his way to Zayed Sports City Stadium.
After the mass and a farewell ceremony he will board a flight back to Rome, Italy.
Roads will be closed around Zayed Sports City from midnight tonight, so anyone driving in Abu Dhabi should check out the details here.
Anyone travelling to the mass can get a free bus with their tickets.
Private sector employees going to the mass, and all school children in Abu Dhabi will get a holiday to mark the occasion.