Under the Patronage of
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai


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H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai


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UAE’s decades of tolerance to be highlighted in World Tolerance Summit




UAE’s decades of tolerance to be highlighted in World Tolerance Summit
 
30 August 2018, Dubai- The values on tolerance of the UAE founding father, the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, will be highlighted during the World Tolerance Summit (WTS), a global event happening on November 15-16, 2018 at the Armani Hotel and in conjunction with UNESCO’s International Day for Tolerance.
Dubai’s legitimate initiative on WTS springs from historical records on the practice of tolerance with accounts on Zayed the Great, former Emir of Abu Dhabi and the great grandfather of the current President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In a published memoirs of Samuel Zwemer’s Journal of the Royal Geographical Society (1902), Zayed the Great was said to be a courageous leader but was notably peaceful, tolerant and hospitable even to people, like Zwemer, who came and attempted to convert the local population to Christianity. In his accounts, he noted that Zayed the Great allowed him to stay and had a feast prepared despite his intention for the visit. His account of the emir was a classic expression of the emir’s tolerance given the differences in their religious beliefs. A video presentation, ‘A Hundred Years of Tolerance’, will be highlighted during the two-day event.

The value of tolerance is also distinctively evident in Dubai, home to a diverse population. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai created the International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) in 2017, part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives,  to promote UAE as a role model for tolerance and anti-extremism. With the establishment of IIT came the initiative to organize the WTS, a global gathering of 1000 government leaders, key personalities from the private and public sectors, women and youth representatives, social leaders, social influencers, and the international diplomatic community and with the theme, “Prospering from Pluralism: Embracing Diversity Through Innovation and Collaboration”.

WTS main feature showcases the values of the UAE founding father, the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. On the second day of the summit, workshops will be held the whole day on Zayed Philosophy in Tolerance- Zayed Values; The Youth of Today, The Leaders of Tomorrow; Women Empowerment in the Development of Country; A Tolerant Country, A Happy Society; Understanding and Learning the Science behind Tolerance; and, Using Arts and Sports in Promoting Tolerance.

Day one features include a conference to facilitate knowledge-sharing on the practice of tolerance and the opening of the Tolerance Library, where participants can access books on tolerance from around the world. People’s views on tolerance will be shown via Tolerance Tube which will be broadcasted on YouTube.
WTS Art and Photography Exhibition will be held at the 2-day summit where works from world’s artists will be open for viewing. The summit concludes with a Gala Dinner to celebrate and continue building bridges for tolerance and partnerships for peaceful co-existence.
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