Dr Hussein Al Jasmi will be the first Arab artist to appear in the prestigious annual event in the Vatican
A top Emirati singer will make an appearance at the 26th annual Christmas charity event in the Vatican, to be held on December 15.
Dr Hussein Al Jasmi will be the first Arab artist to appear in the prestigious annual event and will carry the UAE's message of tolerance and peace to the world, state news agency WAM reported.
Al-Jasmi, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador, described his participation in the event as a tribute to the values of tolerance and moderation, instilled by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Al Jasmi will participate in the concert with the Grand Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Renato Serio.
Proceeds of this year's event will go to improving the livelihood of young refugees in Erbil and Uganda by providing education and vocational training to them through Scholas Occurrentes - an international organization of public good created by Pope Francis- and Missioni Don Bosco, a charity organisation with humanitarian operations round the world.
His participation comes just days after it was announced that Pope Francis, who has made boosting ties between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Abu Dhabi in February.
The pontiff was invited to the majority-Muslim country by both Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and the local Catholic church.
Francis will take part in an international "interfaith" meeting during the trip, which will run from February 3 to 5.