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History was made on Sunday when the wheels of Pope Francis’s flight from Rome touched down in Abu Dhabi. The Pope’s first day in the UAE will be a moment for all faiths to meet and build strong relationships based on religious tolerance.
Here you will find live coverage of the Pope’s visit from The National’s reporters across the UAE, as it happens. All times UTC+4
5:12 Private meeting with Muslim Council of Elders begins
In a landmark moment for interfaith relations, Pope Francis will attend a private meeting of the members of the Muslim Council of Elders.
The meeting is expected to take between 30 to 45 minutes.
The National’s reporter, Sofia Barbarani, is at the Grand Mosque, at a uniquely quiet time.
17:08 Pope Francis arrives at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
A convoy of cars, carrying Pope Francis in the Kia Soul has arrived at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Pope Francis was met by the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif University, Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb, who welcomed him to the mosque.
16:55 Pope Francis’ arrival is imminent
The live stream of Pope Francis’ visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has now begun and his arrival appears to be imminent.
The pontiff will attend a private meeting with the Muslim Concil of Elders.