Video: Sheikh Nahyan welcomes Pope Francis to UAE

Video: Sheikh Nahyan welcomes Pope Francis to UAE

He stressed the importance of the visit, which coincides with the Year of Tolerance.

Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to the UAE from February 3-5, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, welcomed the pontiff in a personal message which was shared on social media.

In the video message, which was shared across various social media platforms, Sheikh Nahyan said that the visit is an honour to the UAE. He also highlighted the country's efforts to raise awareness about tolerance and how the country has grown to embrace it.

"Pope Francis will be visiting a nation that has learned the instrumental value of tolerance. We Emiratis welcome the world to the United Arab Emirates," Sheikh Nahyan said.

In the video message, he also illustrated similarities between the UAE and the Vatican.

"Both the Vatican and the United Arab Emirates embrace diversity and recognise special talents of various population elements of the global society."

Pope Francis will be visiting the UAE from February 3-5. The Pope's visit will include a tour at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, and a mass at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, along with other engagements.