The UAE has dubbed 2019 its "year of tolerance", but rights groups have criticised the country for its role in Yemen, where an estimated 10,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led alliance including the UAE joined the government's fight against the Huthis in 2015.
The document, which was signed at a gathering of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths, pledges peace, freedom and women's rights.
The Pope is now on a three day visit to the United Arab Emirates.
The award was given to Dr. Ahmed at-Tayyeb in recognition of his firm position in defence of moderation, tolerance, global values and his vehement rejection of radical extremism.
"Let us pray strongly because they are children who are hungry, who are thirsty, they don't have medicine and they are in danger of death", he said before boarding his flight.
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Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan upon his arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport on February 3.
"It's something new for the Muslim world, that within the discussion of dialogue, they're talking about interreligious dialogue across the board, beyond basic Christian-Muslim relations", Marco Impagliazzo, president of the Sant'Egidio Community, a Rome-based Catholic organization told the Associated Press. This auto was Pope Francis' vehicle of choice on several occasions - be it his South Korea trip of 2014 and Uganda tour in 2015, the Nation reported.
The pope was set to meet with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb - imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's prestigious seat of learning - later Monday.
The UAE hosts about half of the two million expatriate Catholics living on the peninsula, home to the birthplace of Islam in neighboring Saudi Arabia.
With the first visit by a Pope to the Middle East, observers have expressed doubt that he will address the disturbing humanitarian crisis in such strongly-worded terms while within the nation's borders, according to Reuters. Another 1 million Catholics are believed to live in other countries in the Arabian Peninsula.
The UAE, which dubbed 2019 its Year of Tolerance, says the visit reflects its history as a "cradle of diversity".
A prayer in the Indian language of Konkani called for public officials to be "illuminated" and promote the dignity of all, while the one in the Filipino language of Tagalog urged prayers for migrants and workers in in the UAE so that "their sacrifice and work may blossom and sustain their families".