In a historic moment for interfaith relations in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Gulf state on Feb. 3 for the first time. 

The Vatican announced the visit in December, which saw Emirati leaders welcome the news with incredibly positive messagesThe visit will notably mark the first time a pope visits the Arabian Peninsula. 

Here is all you need to know about the public papal mass that'll take place in Abu Dhabi: 

1. Time & Place of the visit

Pope Francis will land in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 3. The following day, he will attend an inter-religious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in the evening.

As for the public papal mass, it will take place on Feb. 5 at the Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, right after his private visit to St. Joseph's Cathedral, Abu Dhabi.

2. Where to find tickets

St. Mary's Catholic church in Dubai Source: Dubai OFW

All entries to the Zayed Sports City stadium must be ticketed; anyone without a ticket will not be admitted, according to the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia (AVOSA).

The stadium fits 120,000 attendees, which makes the public mass a limited-seat event for the 1 million Catholics in the UAE and others around the Arab region.

Residents of the UAE, Oman, and Yemen can get the free-of-charge tickets from AVOSA's website. The deadline to register is Jan. 21. 

As for other residents of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia (AVONA) such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Bahrain, the number of seats will be extremely limited as this visit is for Southern Arabia. 

For non-GCC residents, registration will take place through this linkAll tickets are free of charge and all registrations will close on Jan. 21. 

3. The purpose of the visit

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan with Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church
(Pictured: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan with Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church.)

The focus of this visit will be on the importance of interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims. 

According to The National, Pope Francis has actively promoted interfaith relations with Muslims and expressed sympathy for oppressed minorities in the Arab world, unlike his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

"May the visit be an important step in the dialogue between Muslims and Christians, and contribute to mutual understanding and peace-making in the region of the Middle East," the bishop who announced the pope's visit said in a video.

4. The UAE, serious about promoting tolerance, sent the invite in June

Home to a wide array of cultures and nationalities, the Gulf state has been exerting significant efforts to promote religious coexistence.

According to Pew, a US-based fact-tank, the UAE's Christian population currently stands at 13 percent, with the number increasing with continuous immigration; the majority of whom are foreigners working in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. 

The Muslim-majority country includes around 40 churches, up from 25 churches in 2005.

In February 2016, Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi was appointed as the UAE's Minister of State for Tolerance, hailed as a world-first.

During the same year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, visited Pope Francis at the Vatican in an effort to promote "peace and stability."

In June of last year, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, personally delivered the official invitation to the pope.