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Pope Francis in the UAE

Documenting a Historic Event: The Papal Mass in Abu Dhabi


In February 2019, I had the distinct honour of being part of a highly skilled team of photographers and videographers, collaborating with successful broadcasting and PR agencies, to document the Papal Mass in Abu Dhabi. This assignment was not only a professional milestone but also a deeply significant personal experience, especially after having lived in the Middle East for eight years.



The task of capturing this momentous event was both challenging and exhilarating. Our work involved creating footage and still photography that would be distributed to media outlets worldwide. The magnitude of this event in the context of global history and its significance to the region made the assignment exceptionally profound.


The Papal Mass, held at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, saw over 180,000 attendees, marking it as a landmark event in the region. The entire event was impeccably managed, with stringent security measures in place to ensure the smooth conduct of such a large gathering.


Being a part of this iconic moment in history was an amazing experience. It was a privilege to capture the essence of such a significant event, and the images and footage we produced serve as a testament to the grandeur and spiritual magnitude of the Papal Mass. This experience not only enriched my professional journey but also offered me a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultural and religious tapestry of the Middle East.


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