The declaration of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, making 2019 the 'Year of Tolerance' reflects one of the UAE's founding principles of promoting peaceful co-existence and acceptance among peoples of different nationalities, identities, and cultural backgrounds. Entrench for the UAE as a global capital aims to maximize the value of tolerance, through a combination of legislation and policies which deepen the values of tolerance, dialogue and acceptance and openness to different cultures.
The 'Year of Tolerance' will be an extension of the 'Year of Zayed,' which enjoins UAE society to imbibe the values and principles espoused by the country's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The same values are essential to building societies that celebrate differences, establish dialogues, and build genuine models that promote global tolerance.
The 'Year of Tolerance' is a celebration of the UAE's progress over the years and continuing efforts to become a nation of tolerance, co-existence, and openness to cultures different from its own. These are values pivotal to its prosperity.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention initiatives:
Following the declaration, which reflects the commitment of the country's leadership to instill noble human values fundamental to civilization, reject any form of violence, and ensure openness to various cultures, the Ministry of Health and Prevention is set to launch a host of sustainable and relevant projects, initiatives, and programs designed to promote the state as a capital of co-existence and cultural convergence.
In this context, the Ministry of health and prevention is reiterating its support for the government's directive to highlight tolerance as a tool of empowerment and a means to maintain a stable and prosperous nation.