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Interviewers: Ayesha Daya and Zainab Fattah in Dubai

The Aga Khan, leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, opened a cultural centre in Dubai for followers of the branch of Shia Islam.

The Ismaili Centre Dubai is the first base for Ismailis in the majority-Sunni Muslim Middle East. The Aga Khan, 71, is the 49th hereditary imam, or spiritual leader, of the Ismailis, the second-largest group of Shiites.

“This is a means of establishing a permanent cultural root in one area,” the Aga Khan said today in an interview after opening the centre.

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