Tol­er­ance UAE’S un­de­ni­able face, em­pha­sises min­is­ter

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Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Min­is­ter of Tol­er­ance, said “The di­ver­sity and plu­ral­ity of the UAE so­ci­ety, whether in colour, lan­guage, re­li­gion or na­tion­al­ity, trans­late the real wealth we are proud of in front of the world. We con­sider it the ma­jor fac­tor be­hind the suc­cess of the UAE’S re­nais­sance and progress, where tol­er­ance has been our ap­proach, while har­mony, ac­cep­tance of the other and re­spect for dif­fer­ence have been the way of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in favour of all.”

He added, “The Na­tional Festival for Tol­er­ance and Hu­man Fra­ter­nity re­flects all those values and prin­ci­ples.”

This came dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Na­tional Festival for Tol­er­ance and Hu­man Fra­ter­nity, which be­gan on Fri­day evening at Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi.

The sec­ond edi­tion of World Tol­er­ance Sum­mit (WTS), to be held un­der the pa­tron­age of Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, and themed “Tol­er­ance in Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism: Achiev­ing the So­cial, Eco­nomic and Hu­mane Ben­e­fits of a Tol­er­ant World” will have a unique Art and Pho­tog­ra­phy Ex­hi­bi­tion. A vis­ual treat, avail­able on Nov.13-14, will sup­port the essence and spirit of the two-day sum­mit in Dubai for a global cause.

The open­ing cer­e­mony of Na­tional Festival com­menced with a speech by Sheikh Nahyan, fol­lowed by the “Tol­er­ance Chant,” which was sung by su­per­stars Hus­sein Al Jassmi and Balqees Ahmed.

The Chant is writen by poet Karim Iraqi and com­posed by Ibrahim Juma.

Hus­sein Al Jassmi ex­pressed his pride in singing for the UAE’S tol­er­ance.

Balqees said, “I am very happy to sing for tol­er­ance as a pre­cious hu­man value at Umm Al Emarat Park, which is a sym­bol of giv­ing in­side and out­side the UAE.”

The launch of March of Tol­er­ance led by the Sheikh Nahyan, min­is­ters, am­bas­sadors, Arab and for­eign artistes was launched in the park.

The open­ing cer­e­mony con­cluded with a num­ber of folk­lore shows of the world her­itage per­formed by 12 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional en­sem­bles.

Sheikh Nahyan also in­spected 226 pav­il­ions of em­bassies and part­ners rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous fed­eral, lo­cal, and pri­vate bod­ies, as well as the pro­duc­tive fam­i­lies and the Zayed Higher Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Peo­ple of De­ter­mi­na­tion.

He hailed the great di­ver­sity that abounds in the festival this year.

“The Na­tional Festival for Tol­er­ance and Hu­man Fra­ter­nity is or­gan­ised an­nu­ally by the Min­istry of Tol­er­ance un­der the theme (On Zayed’s Ap­proach), the his­tor­i­cal leader and great founder who built this state on the prin­ci­ples of tol­er­ance, di­a­logue and joint work to achieve good and pros­per­ity for all,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

He con­tin­ued, “The Festival af­firms our ad­her­ence to the values of tol­er­ance and hu­man fra­ter­nity, which we en­deavor to spread all over the world. We be­lieve that all of us are equal in the so­ci­ety re­ject­ing ex­trem­ism and seek­ing to achieve peace, pros­per­ity and a de­cent life for the world.”

“We are very proud of the Doc­u­ment on Hu­man Fra­ter­nity, a joint state­ment signed by Pope Fran­cis of the Catholic Church and Sheikh Ahmed El Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar, as a mes­sage of peace, love and har­mony from the UAE to the whole world dur­ing a his­toric visit that took place on 4 Fe­bru­ary 2019 in Abu Dhabi,” Sheikh Nahyan added.

He also noted that the Na­tional Festival em­bod­ies the mes­sage of Emi­rati tol­er­ance in all its ac­tiv­i­ties. It trans­lates the Doc­u­ment, which stresses the need to re­ject ex­trem­ism, and to bring hap­pi­ness and de­vel­op­ment to hu­man so­ci­ety every­where.

Sheikh Nahyan stressed that the Min­istry of Tol­er­ance is keen on hold­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of this Festival in Umm Al Emarat Park, where its premises is sit­u­ated.

“More­over, the park is named ater a great lady, who presents tremen­dous achieve­ments serv­ing so­ci­ety and hu­man be­ings every­where. She be­lieves in tol­er­ance and hu­man fra­ter­nity as the best way to achieve peace, un­der­stand­ing, de­vel­op­ment and sta­bil­ity all over the world,” he added

“This year’s Festival co­in­cides with the UAE’S cel­e­bra­tion of the Year of Tol­er­ance, in which we ex­press great pride in the UAE as an unique ex­am­ple of tol­er­ance, co­ex­is­tence and hu­man fra­ter­nity, where di­a­logue and pos­i­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween com­mu­ni­ties, cul­tures and na­tions is a way to build frui­ful re­la­tion­ships in so­ci­ety and the world,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

The sec­ond edi­tion of the World Tol­er­ance Sum­mit, un­der the pa­tron­age of Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, will be­gin on Novem­ber 13.

WAM

↑ Sheikh Nahyan at the Na­tional Festival for Tol­er­ance on Fri­day.

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