Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Tolerance will hold its first National Festival of Tolerance in the country from November 9 to 16 to highlight the principles and values of the founding father late Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his approach as a human example in tolerance and coexistence, a top ministry official said on Tuesday.
The festival’s aim is to explore the values that underpin the UAE’s peaceful prosperity and to promote the ministry’s mission towards spreading tolerance.
More than 40 ministries and authorities will participate in the festival’s events themed, “A Zayed Legacy”.
Announcing the details of the festival, Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, said: “the festival represents our pride in the UAE’s Founding Father, late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who laid down the foundations of social cohesion and instilled the values of tolerance, respect, coexistence and harmony among all UAE citizens and residents to achieve happiness and prosperity for all.”
Through the festival, the ministry will strive to promote mutual respect and understanding as core values of a safe society, and to boost the values of tolerance and peaceful coexistence as a means for deepening the culture of openness and dialogue in the UAE.
The festival’s activities will spread the message of tolerance among a large number of entities, institutions and communities, including schools, youth, families, the elderly, business communities, young writers in the UAE, and would also target ministries and local governments, besides public and private sector entities.
“We have the right to be proud of the fact the UAE has become a leading example of peaceful coexistence and prosperity in the world” Shaikh Nahyan said.
Addressing the media, Shaikh Nahyan said, “The UAE’s visionary and prudent leadership, starting with the late founding father, have successfully managed to establish tolerance, peaceful coexistence, stability and prosperity that we enjoy in the UAE. Today we are organising the National Festival of Tolerance under the theme: “A Zayed Legacy” as a symbol of appreciation to our leaders for their confidence in the Ministry of Tolerance to achieve its mission in serving our beloved country.”
The festival’s events will be organised in Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi.
Shaikh Nahyan also praised the role of the non-Arabic media in spreading the UAE Tolerance mission locally and internationally.