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.


To highlight the impact of tolerance, and to expand the scope and opportunities for communication and dialogue.


Devoting efforts to building a tolerant society that believes in the importance of human communication.


  1. 01

    To establish values of tolerance, communication and coexistence in society.

  2. 02

    Introducing the UAE model of tolerance to the world to become part of community virtues.

  3. 03

    Enabling tolerance in society through policies and legislation.

  4. 04

    Openness to other human cultures.

The Supreme National Committee

Tolerance Is

The embodiment of the values of the people of the UAE. A nationwide survey has identified these four aspects of tolerance, defining a shared cultural language for tolerance in the UAE.

  • Peace
  • Humanity
  • Coexistence
  • Respect

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.