Abu Dhabi officially recognizes 18 non-Muslim places of worship, including decades-old churches and a temple on Sunday by giving legal recognition. \n\n\n\nAccording to Khaleej Times, the non-Muslim religious congregations were granted licenses\u00a0in a historic ceremony held at Emirates Palace organized by the Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi (DCD).\n\n\n\nAlso ReadAbu Dhabi set to licence 18 non-Muslim places of worship\n\n\n\nPromoting coexistence &tolerance \n\n\n\nSpeaking at the event, Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, chairman of the DCD said, "For decades, our great leaders have welcomed people from various religions, making the UAE a place for all. Abu Dhabi is now a leading model for tolerance and co-existence." \n\n\n\n"The UAE is keen on embracing unity and promoting the inclusion of everyone who had contributed to the development of the country. With this new initiative, the places of worship will now be working and operating under one umbrella."\n\n\n\nThe licensing reflects the UAE's leadership for diversity and values of different communities, Al Khaili said.