UAE Cabinet approves new National Tolerance Program


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The UAE Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new National Tolerance Program based on seven key pillars, including Islam, Constitution, Zayed’s legacy and ethics of the UAE, international conventions, archaeology and history, humanity and common values.

The national program was approved by the Cabinet chaired by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday.

The Cabinet congratulated President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates, and the people of the UAE, as well as the Arab and Islamic countries, on the occasion of Ramadan.

“The UAE, led by Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will continue to promote the principles of tolerance established by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The tolerance is a key value of our ancestors and our founding fathers. The UAE has succeeded in spreading it throughout the Arab region and the world,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

He also said: “Ramadan is a great opportunity to spread the spirit of tolerance, and show the real image of moderation, and respect for others. Tolerance is the basis for building societies, and promoting values of peaceful coexistence. Today, we need to be more tolerant and united to face the changes happening around us.”

Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, presented the National Tolerance Program to the Cabinet, highlighting the values of tolerance in the UAE society. The program is based on seven main pillars: Islam, UAE Constitution, Zayed’s Legacy and Ethics of the UAE, International Conventions, Archeology and History, Humanity, and Common Values.

She emphasised that through these solid values, the UAE society will continue to build up tolerance, multiculturalism, culture of acceptance of others, and reject attitudes of discrimination and hatred. In cooperation with various entities and through special team work, thought initiatives and national programs will be launched such as the establishment of a Council for Tolerance and the UAE Tolerance Centre, and the launch of Tolerance Responsibility Program for Organizations, and the UAE Charter of Tolerance and Coexistence and Peace.

The program will be in collaboration with federal and local entities under five main themes: Strengthen government’s role as an incubator of tolerance; Consolidate the role of family in nation building; Promote tolerance among young people and prevent them from fanaticism and extremism, Enrich scientific and cultural content, and Integrate international efforts to promote tolerance and highlight the leading role of UAE in this area.

As part of the program, members of various segments of the society will be selected as the ‘Voice of Tolerance’ to promote tolerance and reject attitudes of racism and hatred through a number of activities and events, and the use of social media, in partnership with various media outlets.

The UAE Council of Tolerance will be formed featuring relevant entities and select experts capable of reviewing and approving initiatives and events and developing policies to promote tolerance at the local, region and international levels.

The first theme includes Tolerance Responsibility Program for Organizations, the first program of its kind in the world, which will encourage organisations to support tolerance. The program will also launch the UAE Charter of Tolerance, Coexistence, and Peace, which is a set of agreements related to citizens, residents, teachers, students and employees aimed at promoting tolerance, coexistence and respect for cultural diversity, and the rejection of violence, extremism and racism.

It will establish the UAE Tolerance Center, which will work on studies and research promoting the concepts of tolerance and respect for others. The Center will also provide scientific and cultural content on tolerance and the best practices related to people’s daily life.