“Mary, as the mother of Jesus, is of course a holy, special figure in our communities. She is a woman who symbolises obedience to God.
“We look forward to growing in deeper understanding with our neighbours, and we celebrate with them the new name of the mosque,” Thompson said.
Jeramie Rinne, senior pastor of the Evangelical Community Church in Abu Dhabi, also hailed the news.
“Mohammad has made another generous gesture of religious tolerance in renaming the mosque.
Church workers reportedly laid down carpets on the wooden floor for over 200 Asian Muslim workers to say their prayers.