Year of Tolerance

Tolerance is a virtue and an intrinsic part of the Islamic culture. It is observed at all levels: individual, organisational and national. With more than 200 nationalities living peacefully and successfully in the UAE, the UAE society has been an undisputed example of being a tolerant and inclusive country. Now, the Federal Government is keen to promote acceptance and understanding as core values of the society.

On 15 December 2018, H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed declared 2019 as the Year of Tolerance. The announcement aims to highlight the UAE as a global capital for tolerance and its approach, since its establishment, to be a bridge of communication between peoples of different cultures in a respectful environment that rejects extremism and emphasises on the acceptance of the other.

The Year of Tolerance will focus on five main pillars:

  • to deepen the values of tolerance and co-existence among cultures by teaching the youth the values of tolerance
  • to solidify the UAE as the global capital for tolerance through a series of initiatives, projects and dialogues between various cultures and civilisations
  • to implement multiple cultural programmes and make contributions to build tolerant communities
  • to focus on legislative and policy-oriented objectives that contribute to mandating cultural and religious tolerance via dialogue
  • to promote tolerance through targeted media initiatives and projects.

The Tolerance Bridge

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued instructions to name one of Dubai’s most beautiful bridges as “Tolerance Bridge”, to mark the International Day for Tolerance. Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak, Minister of State for Tolerance, unveiled a plaque marking the official inauguration of the bridge in the presence of a number of officials, students and young people.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan

H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan is the Minister of Tolerance under the new Cabinet announced in October 2017
H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak joined the Federal Government in 1992 and held several key positions including as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Minister of Education, and Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development
He was also the Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University from 1983 to 2013; Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology from 1988 to 2013; and President of Zayed University from 1998 to 2013.
The Minister studied at the British Millfield School for his secondary education before entering college at Magdalen College at Oxford University-UK.


The National Festival of Tolerance

The National Festival of Tolerance, hosted under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, was held between November 9th and 16th and attracted a huge gathering of people from various cultures, nationalities and backgrounds. The initiative included 100 events designed to raise public awareness about acceptance and understanding.

The National Program for Tolerance

Tolerance is an intrinsic value and a key trait of the UAE social fabric. It is built on the concept of “Middleness” (Moderation) in Islam, inspired by the genuine Arabian noble traditions and cultural heritage, and is enlightened by the wisdom and legacy of the Founding Father the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The National Program for Tolerance will make every effort to promote and craft these values based on solid structures towards ensuring their future sustainability, under the guidance of a wise leadership that caters to building human being and making the world a better place for humanity.

Symphony of Love

The Ministry of Tolerance, in cooperation with the GEMS Education Group, held a grand symphony concert, Symphony of Love, in Dubai under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance, concluding the first day of the World Tolerance Summit 2018. The team of the symphony comprised the Emirati poet Ahmed Al Shamsi, world stars Tania Kassis and Kevin Olivier, musician Riad Qodsi, and a number of international musicians, along with a number of students from the GEMS Education Group.

Key Partnerships

We work closely with our partners to reach out and deliver solutions that provide a competitive edge.

Awards & Accolades

Achievements we are proud of, especially when it is recognized and appreciated with peers within the industry.

News & Events

An update of news, events and other activities that is shaping our business space as well as our own role in the marketplace.