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Construction on the United Arab Emirates’ first official synagogue will begin next year and be completed by 2022, according to media reports. The synagogue will be part of the multi-faith “Abrahamic Family House” complex in Abu Dhabi, which will also feature a mosque and church of which full construction will be completed in 2022. The complex was announced in February following a visit by Pope Francis to the UAE, the first by a pontiff to the Arabian Peninsula. Presently, a small Jewish community of expatriates currently use a house in Dubai for private worship. Other official non-Muslim places of worship in the country include Christian churches, a Hindu temple and a Sikh Gurdwara.