UAE Declares 2019 as Year of Tolerance
United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan recently declared 2019 as the Year of Tolerance. The leader said 2019 would highlight the UAE as a global capital for tolerance, instilling the values of co-existence and peace in local, regional and international communities. Sheikh Khalifa said that the Year of Tolerance will focus on five main pillars. The first will be to deepen the values of tolerance and co-existence among cultures and peoples by concentrating on teaching the youth on the values of tolerance while the second seeks to solidify the UAE as the global capital for tolerance. The third factor will see the UAE enacting multiple cultural programmes and contributions to build tolerant communities while the fourth pillar will focus on legislative and policy-oriented objectives that contribute to mandating cultural and religious tolerance. The fifth pillar will focus on promoting tolerance and co-existence via targeted media initiatives and projects. Sheikh Khalifa added: “We look forward to further contributing towards building societies that believe in the values of tolerance, cohesion and dialogue, and establishing concrete models improving tolerance and co-existence both regionally and internationally.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, said: “We want government policies that further consolidate tolerance and a deep sense of community, and to spread these values among our youth and future generations.