There has been a thriving Anglican community in Al Ain since 1987, at which time the chaplains of St. Andrew’s Church in Abu Dhabi started visiting Al Ain twice a month to conduct services of Holy Communion on Monday evenings at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
St. Thomas’ Church Al Ain finally assumed its own identity, as a sister church to St Andrew's Abu Dhabi, in 2011. Since that time St. Thomas’ Anglican Church has continued to flourish and grow, and now embraces a diverse congregation from varied ecumenical backgrounds and church traditions, as well as a thriving and popular children’s ministry.
St Thomas' has been generously granted land by the ruling family of the UAE to build its own church, and the Building Committee and Church Councils of both St Thomas' and St Andrew's are working hard on the building project. St Thomas hopes to be able to occupy its new permanent premises early in 2021. In the meantime St Thomas continues to meet in its temporary location.