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Ancient Christian site opens in UAE
The only known pre-Islamic Christian site on the Arabian Peninsula opens to tourists off the coast of UAE.
Last Modified: 24 Dec 2010 07:24 GMT


The only known pre-Islamic Christian site at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, located at Sir Bani Yas Island, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, has opened to tourists for the first time.

A Christian church is the latest attraction in this conservative Muslim nation. Christian monasteries have already been discovered in nearby Saudi Arabia, though rarely publicised due to reluctance to embrace pre-Islamic religions in the region.

Al Jazeera's Dan Nolan reports.

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