Religion and Spirituality

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi at sunset.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi at sunset.

Practicing Faith and Worship in Abu Dhabi

Islam is the official religion of the United Arab Emirates. In addition to the many mosques located throughout the country, there are places of worship available for people to practice different faiths and religions.

Christians can find Anglican, Evangelical, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox churches not far from our campus. In Dubai (our neighboring emirate), you can find mosques, churches (including a Russian Orthodox Church) and a Hindu Temple. 

We also provide initiatives for you to explore and deepen your connection with different spiritual practices and faiths.

Ramadan

During the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Muslim population in the UAE fast before sunrise, to sunset. During fasting hours, Muslims do not eat, drink, or smoke. Although non-Muslims are expected to follow the rules of fasting in public, they are allowed to eat, drink and smoke in private. In most workplaces including NYU Abu Dhabi, a private space is provided for non-Muslims to have their meals during Ramadan.

Leading up to each year's Ramadan, we host Ahlan Ramadan (meaning “hello Ramadan” in Arabic) to understand Ramadan rituals and its meanings. You can participate in some of the dialogues, activities, and maybe choose to participate in a fasting experience yourself.

Supporting Your Spiritual Development

We understand and support your spiritual development and have on-campus facilities and events for you.

Programs Organized by Students

We support students with faith-inspired cultural events, and also have a number of student interest groups (SIGs) organized around spiritual practices.

Some of these programs include Bible study, fellowship and prayer partners in Christian tradition, sharing insight into Jewish culture and tradition, as well as hold events and community service learning about the Islamic faith.