A new international body has announced plans to build an Abrahamic Family House on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has appointed UK architect David Adjaye to design the building that will allow a church, mosque and synagogue to share collective space for the first time.

The appointment was announced as the committee held its second meeting at the New York Public Library in the US. It also shared with stakeholders its mission to progress a culture of mutual respect and dialogue across all backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities. The meeting coincided with the start of the 74th United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York.

The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity’s inaugural meeting was held at the Vatican earlier in September. It is empowered to provide guidance and counsel on realising the goals of the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” signed by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, and Ahmad el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar al-Sharif, in Abu Dhabi, during the Papal visit in February this year.

Saadiyat is home to several cultural buildings and projects. The Louvre Museum has been completed, construction has started on the Zayed National Museum project and consultants are being engaged for the Guggenheim Museum.

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