Tolerance and Forgiveness are a duty. If The Almighty Creator forgives and we as human beings are His creation, then shall we not forgive?

The Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

The Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Instilling values of tolerance carries on Sheikh Zayed's legacy and teachings. It is one of the most important attributes that we can impact on our people and the global community to ensure the safety, stability and happiness of peoples across the world.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

We want the UAE to be the global reference point for a tolerant culture, via its policies, laws and practices.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The UAE is a place of tolerance, co-existence and openness to other cultures.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

About The Year of Tolerance

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has proclaimed the year 2019 to be the "The Year of Tolerance" in the UAE, highlighting the UAE as a global capital for tolerance, and emphasizing tolerance as a universal concept and a sustainable institutional endeavor through legislation and policies aimed at entrenching the values of tolerance, dialogue, coexistence and openness to different cultures, especially amongst youth, which will reflect positively on society as a whole.

The Year of Tolerance embodies the approach adopted by the UAE since its establishment to be a bridge of communication between the people of the world and their various cultures, in an environment of openness and respect that rejects extremism and promotes coexistence.

The Supreme National Committee for the Year of Tolerance

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Chair of the Committee

HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

Minister of Tolerance - Vice Chairman

HE Noura bint Mohammad Al Kaabi

Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

HE Nasser Al Hamli

Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization

HE Hessa Bouhamed

Minister of Community Development

HE Jameela Al Muhairi

Minister of State for Public Education

HE Sultan Al Jaber

Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council

HE Ohood Al Roumi

Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing

HE Shamma Al Mazrouei

Minister of State for Youth Affairs

HE Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh

Minister of State

Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

President of the World Council of Muslim Communities

HE Dr. Ali Bin Tamim

Director General of Abu Dhabi Media

Dr. Hamad Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani

Managing Director of the International Institute for Tolerance

Dr. Sultan Faisal Al Rumaithi

Secretary General of the Council of Muslim Elders

Yasser Hareb

UAE writer and media personality

Sunny Varkey

Founder and Chairman of Gems Education and the Varkey Foundation

Isabelle Aboul Houl

Director of Emirates Airline Festival

Dr. Najat Makki

Visual Artist

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Chair of the Committee

HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

Minister of Tolerance - Vice Chairman

HE Noura bint Mohammad Al Kaabi

Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development

HE Nasser Al Hamli

Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization

HE Hessa Bouhamed

Minister of Community Development

HE Jameela Al Muhairi

Minister of State for Public Education

HE Sultan Al Jaber

Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council

HE Ohood Al Roumi

Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing

HE Shamma Al Mazrouei

Minister of State for Youth Affairs

HE Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh

Minister of State

Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

President of the World Council of Muslim Communities

HE Dr. Ali Bin Tamim

Director General of Abu Dhabi Media

Dr. Hamad Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani

Managing Director of the International Institute for Tolerance

Dr. Sultan Faisal Al Rumaithi

Secretary General of the Council of Muslim Elders

Yasser Hareb

UAE writer and media personality

Sunny Varkey

Founder and Chairman of Gems Education and the Varkey Foundation

Isabelle Aboul Houl

Director of Emirates Airline Festival

Dr. Najat Makki

Visual Artist

Year of Tolerance Framework

The general framework of the Year of Tolerance revolves around 7 main pillars that seek to entrench the values of tolerance and openness to cultures and peoples as a general community approach that involves all segments of society and to establish a sustainable institutional framework across the UAE.

Tolerance in the community

It aims to promote the values of tolerance within family members and members of the community, and to consolidate them among different cultures, activating the role of UAE community centers across the country to promote the values of tolerance and celebrate cultural diversity, as well as launching awareness programs on the values and principles of tolerance for families and the community as a whole.

Tolerance in education

This pillar seeks to consolidate the values of tolerance in education through educational and cultural programs that promote tolerance between school and university students and activating student clubs in universities to celebrate cultural diversity.

Tolerance at the workplace

This pillar aims to promote and consolidate the values of tolerance in government and private institutions through educational programs focused on the values of tolerance in governmental and non-governmental institutions and awareness programs on equal opportunities in employment and services.

Tolerance and culture

Promoting cultural tolerance is the main objective, through the launch of various events to celebrate the expatriate communities residing in the UAE, promoting initiatives that enhance interactions among them, and implementing a series of community events in the arts and culture sector.

UAE model of tolerance

The dissemination of the UAE model of tolerance is one of the objectives of the Year of Tolerance, through conferences and platforms for dialogue on tolerance, and efforts to enrich the scientific and cultural content on tolerance, in order to establish the UAE as the global capital for tolerance.

Tolerance in policies and legislation

This pillar will see the Supreme National Committee for Tolerance work on developing policies, legislation and executive regulations that guarantee the sustainability of values and lessons behind tolerance, dialogue and cohesion among cultures, including a law on multiculturalism.

Tolerance in the media

The media is one of the most important pillars in disseminating tolerance and coexistence values through targeted media campaigns that shed light on the UAE model through a series of media policies and television and radio programs, and targeted media and awareness campaigns on social media platforms.

Why The Ghaf?

The Ghaf tree was chosen as a symbol of the Year of Tolerance because of the great significance that the tree bears as an indigenous tree. It is associated with popular and environmental heritage. It is a symbol of the stability of the desert and a witness to old customs. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has given the Ghaf tree a great importance and has issued laws and regulations prohibiting the cutting of the Ghaf tree throughout the state.

The majority of the community practiced most of their social behavior under the trees of Ghaf, as it was a focal point for gathering and diversity. This was seen as a manifestation of communication and solidarity, and tribal meetings were held to discuss matters of their lives. According to some historians many leaders took council under the Ghaf tree to receive their citizens and listen to their demands directly.

Signifying Stability

Ghaf trees are a source of stability in the middle of the desert. Human settlements can often be found around them.

A Symbol of Giving

With a steady and inexhaustible crop, the ghaf tree is a symbol of generosity and sustainability. It is a source of food for humans, domesticated animals and wildlife alike.

The Spirit of Coexistence

It can adapt and coexist with the arid desert environment.

A Place of Converging

For centuries, our ancestors used to gather in the shade of the ghaf trees that became a hub for assemblies, social solidarity and diversity. Tribes came together around these trees to hold traditional meetings and discuss various issues.

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