“The highest result of education is tolerance” ……………Helen Keller
Tolerance has always been one of the strong pillars upon which UAE’s legal framework is designed. The essence of tolerance as a virtue is part of the lineage of the nation, inculcated by the great visionaries. UAE has evolved into a global capital of tolerance, providing a safe nurturing environment for people with diverse cultural backgrounds spurred by its ambitious goals that require resources from all parts of the world to fulfil. The wisdom and teachings of the founding father of the nation Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan have been instrumental in establishing the credo of tolerance in the country.
Tolerance is inspired by the Islamic teaching that stresses upon co-existing and having a giving spirit. The UAE government’s approach to building a tolerant society is built on these Islamic tenets.
In order to promote Tolerance, the UAE has appointed a Minister of State for Tolerance, undertaken several national tolerance programmes and passed legislation laws to check on the practice in action. This is the secret behind the success of how the economy operates with more than 200 nationalities co-existing peacefully, transacting businesses, practicing their own religion and living in harmony without any discrimination or restrictions .
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has officially declared 2019 as the ‘Year of Tolerance to teach youth the value of tolerance, to solidify UAE as global capital of tolerance through various projects and initiatives between different civilizations. Freedom to practice any faith and religion attracts the right talent and encourages international companies to invest in the country.
The year 2019 has been officially declared as “The year of Tolerance” by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to teach youth the value of tolerance, to solidify UAE as global capital of tolerance through various projects and initiatives between different civilizations. Freedom to practice any faith and religion attracts the right talent and encourages international companies to invest in the country.
Dubai is head office to most multinational companies operating in the region and usually serves as headquarters for the entire Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. This positioning brings its own advantages not least of them being a high level of traffic by air to and from Dubai and contributing to the stature of Dubai Airport being the second busiest in the world.
To promote global peace and stability, the Government has launched a World Tolerance Network to help people connect from different fields and industries and give them a platform to share their ideas on tolerance, peace and harmony. Select UAE Embassies in the region host events on the welfare of the nation and its people through various seminars and panel discussions to promote tolerance in the country.
One of the largest gains of the policy has been in the form of the booming tourism sector in the UAE. The country’s open environment is well known in the world and attracts visitors from every nook of the globe. A big contributor to the traffic is the number of visitors who make the trip to spend time with family and friends. Some become honorary ambassadors of the country while others are encouraged to look for opportunities in the UAE so they can call it home.
The ethos is a win-win proposition. In today’s global environment steeped in bigotry, it is a refreshing change, a model to uphold and emulate.
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