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A brief history of St. Dionysius Orthodox Church, Al-Ain

A brief history of St. Dionysius Orthodox Church, Al-Ain Al-Ain, the eastern Province of Abu Dhabi Emirate is a geographically blessed land, having exceptional features, usually glorified as the garden city of odoriferous flowers and full greenery all the time. And it is one of the best Oases of the Arabian Gulf. The term ‘Al Ain’ literally means ‘of eyes’ (tears).  The availability of the sweet water from the stream, which is as good as the tears, might have attributed the name to the land. As the origin of the stream is still a surprise, many attribute a link to the Old Testament experiences of the people who are believed to pass through these areas, on their way to the Promised Land and miracles of God Almighty sent to them then and there. The history of St. Dionysius Orthodox Church, Al Ain is the part and parcel of the initial history of St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Abu Dhabi. When oil was excavated in sand and water of Abu Dhabi in 1960s many foreigners reached Abu Dhabi, in search of their livelihood. Among them there were many Keralites an...

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