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Year of Tolerance 2019 Announced by UAE

To highlight the UAE as a global capital for acceptance by means of the country’s administrative goals, as well as to solidify the nation’s role to promote progress and stability in the region, the President, Sheikh Khalifa, has officially declared 2019 as the Year of Tolerance.

The Ruler stated that in practice the importance of peace, tolerance, and co-existence in local, regional and international communities, the nation continues to carry on the teachings and legacy of Sheikh Zayed. Further saying that it’s among the most significant elements that it can impact on the citizens and the international community to ensure the safety, stability, and happiness of peoples across the world.”

Echoing these thoughts, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, VP and Ruler of Dubai, shares in social media: “Dear brothers and sisters, the President… has issued a directive to announce 2019 as the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, with the aim of solidifying the international role that the country plays as the capital of co-existence and meeting of civilizations.

Sheikh Mohammed believes that the foundation of a progressive society, one that is intellectual and humane and is a powerful tool that empowers civilizations and ensures the stability of a booming nation is tolerance.

He was also quoted saying that come this 2019, UAE will endeavor to present this value and direct the media, intellectual, and research production movements to reiterate this value in the region.

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, stated that the world presently needs universal human values to be advocated for the benefit of the next generations.

The Year of Tolerance was announced to be an extension of the Year of Zayed since it sustains the values of co-existence that Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father, formed amongst UAE’s general public.

Brief History of Tolerance in UAE

Year of ToleranceHH Sheikh Khalifa, in July 2015 has issued the Federal Decree Law No. 02 of 2015 about Combating Discrimination & Hatred. The decree seeks to protect all the people in the UAE, by means of a strong legislative ground for the environment of co-existence, tolerance, and acceptance. Its objective is to condemn discrimination against a person or groups based on social status, religion, principle, race, color or ethnic origin.

The UAE Cabinet presented the first post of the Minister of State for Tolerance in 2016. In the same year, the National Tolerance Program was launched in order to boost the values of tolerance and co-existence and to disallow manners of discrimination and hate. The country also launched various centers to counter extremism, including the Hedayah Centre, Int’l. Institute for Tolerance, and Sawab Centre.

The United Arab Emirates was also acknowledged for its programs and initiatives and in promoting tolerance to counter terrorism and extremism in global indices. In 2016, the country was awarded the top position in the region and 3rd worldwide in the Tolerance Index of the 2016 Yearbook published by the Int’l. Institute for Mgt. Dev’t, in Switzerland.

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The Seven Pillars of Tolerance

The Year of Tolerance will focus on seven main pillars. The first pillar is Tolerance in Community. This seeks to foster the values of tolerance within the family and extends to various cultures which activate the role of UAE Community centers throughout the nation in promoting a unified society.

The second pillar tackles Tolerance in Education. The goal of this is to strengthen the teachings behind the importance of tolerance in the educational system – throughout schools and universities in the country.

The third pillar is Tolerance in the Workplace. How to create a safe and united workplace in the private and public sector, institutions and organizations that provide equal opportunity for everyone.

The fourth pillar talks about Tolerance and Culture where it targets to promote a cultural tolerance by setting up a variety of events and programs that celebrate over two hundred nationalities that reside in the UAE and enhance the interaction through arts and culture.

The fifth pillar focus on UAE Model of Tolerance where it aims to fortify the country as an international capital for tolerance through strings of projects and initiative that specializes in tolerance and communication amongst different cultures and civilizations.

The sixth pillar is about Tolerance in Legislation where it sees the Supreme Nat’l. Committee for Tolerance work on forming policies, legislation and exec. regulations that guarantee the sustainability of lessons and values that include a law on multiculturalism.

The seventh and last pillar is Tolerance in the Media. Recognizing the power of media in disseminating tolerance and the value of co-existence by means of targeted media campaigns while promoting the UAE Model of Tolerance throughout social media platforms and channels.

Pope Francis Visit to UAE 

When the United Arab Emirates established ties with the Vatican 12 years ago, nobody could tell how the relationship would develop. Efforts in the past to unite the people of Christianity and Islam presented some challenges, but this papal visit could bring about a discovery of the common history that unites people of good faith.

This is the first visit by a Catholic Pope to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, and one cannot think of a better country than the UAE for this reception and celebration of unity.

The visit by Pope Francis to the UAE is a passage which offers a promise of the new beginning, wherein nationalities participate in dialogue, learn to accept each other and welcome the differences, and celebrate diversity.

On February 3, 2019, Pope Francis, the head of Roman Catholic Church will travel to Abu Dhabi to build bridges between people of the largest cultures and religions in the world and history will be made.

The following day, he will be received by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, prior to attending a private meeting of the Muslim Council of Elders at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the interfaith Global Meeting of Human Fraternity at the Founder’s Memorial.

Pope Francis will deliver a public Mass at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday morning at 10.30am, an occasion millions of Catholics in the UAE have been eagerly anticipating. Thousands of specially arranged buses will be taking people for the mass on Tuesday, where there will be no official parking.

The pontiff openly talks of differences, a first for a pope who practices a fearless papal pursuit to resolve those differences. His dialogue with Islam has brought criticism from theological conservatives but he has carried on. Pope Francis is not afraid to speak out in defense of Islam, nor is he afraid to defend the minority status of Christians in the Middle East.

Pope Francis’s momentous journey to the region embodies the UAE’s Year of Tolerance and has given a chance to reflect on its concept.

The United Arab Emirates is a nation believing in the power of reconciliation, one that is not afraid to dream of a tolerant future.

Upcoming 2019 Events

This year, the United Arab Emirates declared it will be a global coordinator for cooperation within a new Global Tolerance Alliance to encourage acceptance around the world.

An agreement on tolerance was signed by dignitaries from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Switzerland, and the United States – and also the Higher Colleges of Technology, Emirates Human Rights Association, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Tolerance-themed events and publications will take place all through 2019.

The declaration of 2019 as the Year of Tolerance was done days after it was announced that Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in February, a significant signal that the United Arab Emirates is welcoming and tolerant of all religions.

The Special Olympic World Games, which will take place on 14-21 of March in the capital city are also anticipated to strongly focus in a year-long series of events promoting tolerance.

It is going to be the first time that the Games will be assembled in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is estimated to draw in over 7,500 athletes coming from across the globe and a projected 500,000 audiences.

The athletes are going to compete in a range of events at eleven sited in Abu Dhabi such as the National Exhibition Centre, New York University Abu Dhabi, Zayed Sports City, Armed Forces Officers Club, the Yas Marina Circuit, Khalifa International Bowling Centre as well as the Abu Dhabi Yacht and Sailing Club.

Brief History of Tolerance in UAE

HH Sheikh Khalifa, in July 2015 has issued the Federal Decree Law No. 02 of 2015 about Combating Discrimination & Hatred. The decree seeks to protect all the people in the UAE, by means of a strong legislative ground for the environment of co-existence, tolerance, and acceptance. Its objective is to condemn discrimination against a person or groups based on social status, religion, principle, race, color or ethnic origin.

The UAE Cabinet presented the first post of the Minister of State for Tolerance in 2016. In the same year, the National Tolerance Program was launched in order to boost the values of tolerance and co-existence and to disallow manners of discrimination and hate. The country also launched various centers to counter extremism, including the Hedayah Centre, Int’l. Institute for Tolerance, and Sawab Centre.

The United Arab Emirates was also acknowledged for its programs and initiatives and in promoting tolerance to counter terrorism and extremism in global indices. In 2016, the country was awarded the top position in the region and 3rd worldwide in the Tolerance Index of the 2016 Yearbook published by the Int’l. Institute for Mgt. Dev’t, in Switzerland.

 

 

 

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