Welcome to St.Thomas Orthodox Cathedral,Dubai
Dubai, One of the seven Emirates of UAE, strategically located and famous for its historic trading traditions, had been enticing traders, visitors and job-seekers even before the oil-boom. The influx steadily increased in the 1960′s and reached the pinnacle in the 1970′s. A small cell of them belonging to the Malankara Orthodox Church came together and formed a congregation, which in 1968 assumed the status of a parish.
On 2nd December 1968, the then Bahrain Vicar Rev. Fr. K.K Punnoose (L.L H.G Stephanos Mar Thevodosios) presided the formation of St. Thomas Orthodox Association. Initial gatherings at the residence of members gradually shifted to the women’s society hall in Deira, due to sizeable increase in membership. Soon, the need for a church building became inevitable and representations were made to the authorities concerned in this regard.
The first Metropolitan to visit Dubai was H.G Thomas Mar Timothios (H.H Marthoma DidimosI) on 1969. Later on, H.G Mathews Mar Coorilos (L.L H.H Marthoma Mathews II) visited Dubai and requested Dubai Ruler H.H Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum for land to construct a Church.
H.G Mathews Mar Athanasios (L.L H.H Marthoma Mathews 1) visited Dubai on 1972 and again requested Dubai Ruler for land to construct a Church.
The St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Dubai, situated in plot No. B-21, Zabeel East Area, today stands as a magnificent testimony of the magnanimity of H.H. Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the then Ruler of Dubai who gifted the plot of land on April 25, 1972. The first Church building which could accommodate around 300 people was consecrated in 1976 by Late H.G. Joseph Mar Pachomios.