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St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Dubai today has emerged as one of the most prominent parishes in the Malankara Orthodox Church. The parish with a strength of more than 3500, surges ahead day by day by the grace of the Almighty and the intercession of the patron saints, St. Mary, St. Thomas, St. Gregorios of Parumala and St. Dionysius.
St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Dubai affiliated to Delhi Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
The first Malankara Orthodox congregation in Dubai was officially inaugurated on 2nd December 1968. Initially, the congregation was named St. Thomas Orthodox Association, and weekly gatherings were conducted at the residences of its members. Later on, as the membership increased, the congregation began to gather at the Women’s Society Hall, situated in Deira, near Fish Round About.
The Emirate of Dubai, then under British rule, was strategically located in the Middle East and was famous for its historic trading traditions. The oil boom in the 1960s and 1970s enticed traders, visitors, and job-seekers on a large scale, who began to settle in Dubai, the already established trading hub of the region. The steady influx of people from Kerala in the following years made the number of Malankara Orthodox Church members from Kerala, a large community in Dubai.
St. Thomas Orthodox Sunday School, Dubai is one of the largest Sunday Schools in Malankara Orthodox Church. It is amazing that about 1650 students and 123 teachers are working as a single unit.