St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church,Fujairah

P.BNo. 3156,Fujairah, UAE
00971-9-2225300 (R, O, C, Fax)

A Golden Feather on the Crown of the Indian Orthodox Church St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Fujairah is the main Orthodox Center in the East Coast of UAE and has proved a blessing source of spiritual nourishment and solace for the faithful here. The Fujairah Orthodox Congregation has been functioning under the Delhi Diocese since...

A Golden Feather on the Crown of the Indian Orthodox Church

St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, Fujairah is the main Orthodox Center in the East Coast of UAE and has proved a blessing source of spiritual nourishment and solace for the faithful here.

The Fujairah Orthodox Congregation has been functioning under the Delhi Diocese since 1978 at Park Road, Fujairah. The first Vicar was Rev. Fr.George Panackamattom. Before forming a Church/Idavaka in Sharjah, Orthodox members of the East Coast were attending the Holy Services at the St.Thomas Church in Dubai. Since the establishment of the Sharjah Church in 1978, Fujairah became a Congregation of St. Gregorios Church, Sharjah and named it as St. Gregorios Orthodox Congregation, Fujairah. Before the establishment of churches in Sharjah and Dubai the Christian Community in Fujairah was conducting regular prayer meetings and other ceremonies/festivals (at Mr. M. M. Daniel’s house in Park Road) with an ecumenical spirit.

H.G. Late Dr. Paulose Mar H.G. Job Mar Philoxenos H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Gregorios (1st Metropolitan) (2nd Mettopolitan) Eppiphanios Seraphim ( Former Asst. Metropolitan) (Present Metropolitan)

The Holy Qurbana was conducted regularly since 1979, at the house of Mr. M.M. Daniel, Kodumanneth (who is now in Sreekaryam, Trivandrum). Sunday School has been established during 1980 and giving moral guidance to the children and teaching the lessons according to the Church directives.

In 1991, a handful of members of the Church succeeded in constructing a Congregation Hall at Park Road, Fujairah, where we had started our Church activities during 1978, with the great support of the Vicar Rev. Fr. C.M. Kuriakos.

H.H. Catholicoses of the East, Late H.H. Mathews II and H.H. Baselios Marthoma Didymos I, H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulose II (when H.H was Catholicaose Designate) and all the Metropolitans of Malankara visited our Congregation as well as the new Church during various occasions and poured on us their love and blessings.

By the intercession of St. Mary and St. Gregorios of Parumala in whose name the Church has been sanctified and all the saints, by the determination and commitment of the members of the Church led by the then Vicar Rev. Fr. K.G. Alexander, and by the support of the Indian Orthodox Churches of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, we were able to fulfill our goal.

The Consecration Ceremony of the new Church was conducted on the 29 and 30th of May 2003 by our former Diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Job Mar Philoxenos with the cooperation of all Vicars of Orthodox Parishes in the UAE and in the presence of members from all UAE Orthodox Churches. Several Clergymen and Members of other Sister Churches from in and around Fujairah (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Al Ain, Dibba and Ras Al Khaimah) also blessed the occasion with their lively participation. During the general meeting of the Consecration, His Grace the Metropolitan declared the Fujairah Orthodox Congregation as a Parish.

Martha Mariam Samajam and Youth League have been formed during 2003 by Rev. Fr. K. J. Jacob and functioning well. Fr. Koshy Thomas took charge of Vicar during September 2004 and participated in several development activities of the Church until May 2009. Now, under the great guidance of our Vicar, Rev. Fr. Abraham Thomas, the Church is expanding with the intercession of St. Mary, St Gregorios and all other Saints.


We inform with great happiness that the members of the Fujairah Parish who are actively participating in the intercessory prayers have been blessed immeasurably by the Lord Jesus Christ. Along with the special prayers for the sick and the childless that are being conducted every Wednesday, those with other needs and blessings attend the intercessory prayers in the name of St. Mary and St. Gregorios. The people who have been meditating and praying in this Holy Church have been blessed innumerably. The tensions and pressures the expatriates are going through are considerably lessened by their participation in these special prayers that give them mental peace and relief.

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Rev. Fr. Abraham Thomas

P.B. No. 3156, Fujairah, UAE.

List of Managing Committee Members for the year 2017-18.
Mr. Binu Koshy

Kaisthanee (Treasurer )

Mr. Thomas Abraham


Managing Committee Members:
  1. George Thomas
  2. Abraham Abraham
  3. Reju Mathew
  4. Joymon Peedikayil
  5. Jijo kalarickal
  6. Abraham P. George
  7. Jayan P. Thomas
  8. Jaby J.K.
  9. Mathew P.D.
  10. Binoy Varghese
  11. Joby Varghese
  12. Beena Jayan

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church,Ras-Al-Kaimah

P.B No.558,Ras-Al-Kaimah,UAE.
00971-7-2222396, 00971-7-2211396 (Fax)

It was in mid seventies, with the opening up of employment opportunities in this part of the Emirates that the real influx of our people had begun. During those days, prayer gathering was more or less ecumenical in nature, so as to quench an urge for a Christian fellowship. In this context, the name to...

It was in mid seventies, with the opening up of employment opportunities in this part of the Emirates that the real influx of our people had begun. During those days, prayer gathering was more or less ecumenical in nature, so as to quench an urge for a Christian fellowship. In this context, the name to be remembered now and always is the family of Late Mr. Chakalayil Baby, who had been generous to extend their whole hearted support by keeping their doors always open for conducting periodical prayer meetings. The most memorable event during this period is the visit of Late H.H. Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Mathews II (H.G. Mathews Mar Coorilos,Thirumeni) on 24.7.1976 and further on with a visit to the Ruler’s Office with the request for a place of worship. Such fellowship gatherings paved the way for an ecumenical Christmas carol celebration in the premises of Chakalayil Palli on 25.12.1976. These memories also involved the local community as well, remain still afresh in the minds of elders, as no such collective Christmas carol event took place ever after. Subsequently Orthodox believers grew in number and a prayer group was formed in February, 1977, called, St. Thomas Prayer Group, Ras Al Khaimah. In 1978 congregations both in the Northern Emirates & East Coast were combined with Sharjah congregation. The new Parish based in Sharjah, viz. St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, came into existence, with the RAK representative Mr. Sunny Varughese selected as the founder Secretary for the Sharjah parish. Thereafter, Ras Al Khaimah congregation was divested from Dubai parish and came under the new parish of Sharjah. The subsequent Vicars at Sharjah parish attended periodical prayer meetings and conducted Holy Qurbana at Ras Al Khaimah, from time to time. The Passion Week service was conducted for the first time at RAK on 13.4.1979.

The Church General Body convened on 27th Feb. 1981, decided to construct a Parish Hall at the residential premises of Mr. Babu Eapen ( Kalloopara ) and was a turning point for the RAK Church activities and the congregation got an impetus with a permanent shelter. The new parish hall was sermonized on 9th Nov. 1981. All the members during those days personally involved and contributed their personal time and labor so as to have the parish hall constructed for the prayer meetings.

The Parish always needs to remain indebted to Mr. Babu Eapen and family for having stood with us during the period of adversity when the Church was moving from place to place without a shelter of it’s own. The Episcopal visit of H.G. Paulose Mar Gregorios to our Church on 24.7.1981 was an event to be remembered during this period. Prayer meetings & Holy Qurbana were conducted on regular schedule and the name to be recalled in this context is the Sharjah parish Vicar Fr. George Panakamattom whose periodical visits consolidated the activities here. The Parish Hall was subsequently christened to be known as St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Ras Al Khaimah with a full time Vicar.

Unfortunately the parish hall premises where the Church activities were held, was unceremoniously declared closed by the authorities on 4th October, 1983, which led to a total lull of our activities for a period of time with the exception of prayer meetings or Holy Qurbanas at private residences occasionally. The anguish encountered by Fr. Varghese Jacob, who was the Vicar during those days, is worth mentioning at this juncture. The formation of Sunday school on 19th January,1990 rekindled the religious vigor once again.

The recurrence of prayer meetings and periodical Holy Qurbana at various private residences, brought life back to Church activities here again. Sunday school functioning kept the spirit alive and the annual Christmas carol gatherings with cultural events of the children were always held in the best possible manner either at School or hotel premises.

During the year 1998, a land was leased to make a church building and the new Church subsequently constructed, was consecrated by H.G. Job Mar Philexinos on 1st April, 1999. A parish with the blessed name of Mother Mary under its own roof thus came into existence at Ras Al Khaimah.

Fr. K.G. Alexander took charge of the parish as a full time priest but unfortunately the bliss was short-lived. The premises met with a fatal destiny of closure again on 20th of October, 1999. Representations were made collectively by all the Christian communities to the Indian Consulate and the local authorities for revoking the decision.

Worship facility was later permitted at the Worship Centre in the year 2001 and time slot was hired for the Orthodox Church. In due course, the Church routines steadily got streamlined and thus we commenced having Holy Qurbana and Sunday School activities revamped with the visiting Vicars from Sharjah parish. Late H.H. Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Mathews II, leading a delegation, paid a courtesy call to the then Crown Prince H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, at the Ruler’s Office on 27.12.2003 and conveyed the desire for a place of worship at Ras Al Khaimah. The closed Church was kept idle and was not permitted for use, in spite of paying the full rental expense till the year 2005. Intercession of Mother Mary and the fervent prayer of the faithful, led to the opening of the closed Church premises once again on 25thNovember, 2005 and Vicar Fr. K. J. Jacob offered Holy Qurbana at the re-opened Church.

The local government’s benevolence to our community was well demonstrated when we were informed about the allotment of land for Church construction in the year 2006. A Church Construction Committee was constituted on 15.12.2006 for the construction of a new Church in the land graciously donated by the honorable government. The momentum met with some snags when the government decided to change the location of the allotted land for Church construction to Jazirah.

Finally the new church construction activities had it’s start again with Fr. Joseph Malayil as the Vicar and the earth breaking ceremony was held on 26th December, 2008. H.G. Kuriakose Mar Clemis Metropolitan laid the foundation stone for the church at the new land and construction of the dream church and church complex got completed with Fr. Manoj Rajan, as the Vicar. The new church is a personification of the collective effort by one & all of the parish members and with the untold blessings in disguise that was always pervading throughout the phase of construction.

H.H. Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicose of East and Malankara Metroplitan, consecrated our dream church on 18th of February, 2011 as the Chief Celebrant, along with Diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim and other Bishops. H.H. The Catholicose, also had the privilege of paying a courtesy call to H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, on 18th February, 2011 at the Ruler’s Palace and availed the occasion to convey the gratitude and respects of the Indian Orthodox community at Ras Al Khaimah, to His Highness the Ruler and Government of Ras Al Khaimah, for the magnanimous and noble gesture towards the community.

St. Mary’s Orthodox Church at Ras Al Khaimah, the only Church in the name of Mother Mary and the dream church of RAK parishnors has opened up it’s thresholds for welcoming all the faithful so as to enrich themselves with the abundant blessings that are to be showered profusely upon one and all.

The parish which is having around 205 members on it’s register, now falls under the jurisdiction of Bangalore diocese and H.G. Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim is the present diocesan metropolitan. The initial phase of construction enjoyed the blessings and patronage of both Delhi diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Job Mar Philexinos and former diocesan Metropolitan of Bangalore H.G. Abraham Mar Epiphanios. The continuous support and presence of Sharjah Mar Gregorios church as the maternal parish, was always a matter of solace to RAK parishnors. Moreover, all the laymen members of the RAK parish and the managing committees from time to time, remained steadfast in contributing their might for the realization of an ever surging decades old dream of having an own church.

We hope and pray that the blessings of Mother Mary and all our Patron Saints will lead and guide everyone throughout, with wise counsel during all the years to come so that the abode of God in this arid land will be a beacon to the “ras of khaimah”, resounding the name of our adopted home, Ras Al Khaimah

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Rev. Fr. Iype P. Alex

P.B. No. 4780, Ras-Al-Kaimah, UAE.

List of Managing Committee Members for the year 2017-18.
Mr. Dejy Paulose

Kaisthanee (Treasurer )

Mr. Geevarghese T. Sam


Managing Committee Members:
  1. Anup Oommen Varghese
  2. Joy Thompson
  3. Saji M. George
  4. Binu Varghese
  5. Raju P. A.
  6. Mobi M. Varghese
  7. Rajesh Philip Thomas
  8. Stephen K. P.
  9. Jinu C. Varghese
  10. Stanley Thompson
  11. Joseph Mathew