New award to recognise tolerance
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has launched a global initiative to encourage tolerance, and to honour champions of tolerance throughout the world. The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance will lay the foundation for developing young Arab leaders in the field of tolerance and provide support to the intellectual, cultural and media promotions of values of tolerance and openness, news agency WAM reported. Sheikh Mohammed also announced the establishment of the International Institute for Tolerance. “We cherish tolerance as a key value. Yet, we intend to transform that value into a sustainable institutional work that will reflect positively on our people in the Arab world,” Sheikh Mohammed said. “Our Arab societies need to be prepared intellectually to embed the culture of tolerance, openness and peaceful co-existence.” WAM also quoted him as saying that the focus on tolerance will equip young people in the fight against extremism.