UAE’s Coptic Church programme complete



A UAE-backed programme to provide Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church with much needed social, cultural and medical assistance has been completed.

The programme, delivered by the UAE Office for Social Development and Infrastructure Projects in Egypt, included the construction of a Coptic heritage and arts centre, the Shifa Hospital in Salam City, Cairo, the Coptic Orthodox School and the refurbishment of an orphanage.

The projects were completed in collaboration with the Cathedral of St Mark in Cairo, reported the state news agency Wam.

Pope Tawadros II, pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the see of St Mark, said: “The efforts of the UAE reflect the history of honour and respect shown by the sons of the late Sheikh Zayed, who loved Egypt and its people.

“The UAE projects in Egypt focus on social and economic returns for the Egyptian citizen, and it is evident that these projects are not just promises, as we are quickly seeing them turn into reality today.”

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, said: “The cooperation between the UAE and Egypt is a reflection of the longstanding and strong relationship established by our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed. The UAE leadership is fully committed to peace, prosperity and tolerance both within its borders and beyond them. As such, it was only natural to direct part of the ongoing support for Egypt towards the Coptic Church.

“The UAE believes in constructive dialogue, cooperation and working towards positive change and development. Hence, we are committed to completing all our development projects in Egypt.

“As with all our projects, ranging from education to health care, we look forward to witnessing, first hand, the positive impact that this one will have on the daily lives of Egyptian citizens,” he said.

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