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The First Tolerance March in the UAE


The first ever UAE Tolerance March took place  at Burj Park in Downtown Dubai, where hundreds of residents of different ethnic backgrounds waved the white flag of tolerance in the air.

Dubai- March, 2017.

The Tolerance Index of 2016 Yearbook issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, ranked UAE as first regionally and third globally for mutual tolerance.
Minister of State for Tolerance, Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi addressed the crowd with words of kindness, telling them that UAE is their home, and thanking them for everything they have done for this country.

There were many religious groups present such as Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, and others who were presented by their heads and leaders in the UAE. Every person was dressed in their religious attires including monks, shaikhs and church priests. The parade took place around Burj Park where families, adults and school children walked around while listening to music from different nationalities.
High school students from Al Maaref Private School also participated in the event and they were spreading the message of tolerance by wearing printed T-shirts.During the event, a slogan #tolerance_unites_us was created and hundreds of tweets and messages were posted under it.
This great initiative reflects positive image of the UAE and its unified model of coexistence, or mutual tolerance and non-discrimination. In addition to this, there are more than 200 nationalities in the country and coexistence is an inevitable trait people of the UAE possess as they all strive to live in a harmonious and peaceful community.
That evening, Shaikh Mohammad also sent a directive to the Ministry of Tolerance, to strictly implement the UAE’s Anti-Discrimination Law, and apply its provisions on all sections of society, including social media platforms. UAE has a strict Anti-Discrimination Law that applies on all sections of the society, even on social media platforms.
The new law was issued by the federal government in July last year and it is prohibiting any form of discrimination on the basis of caste, creed, doctrine, religion, ethnic origin, race or color. By this Law, any act of promoting religious hatred is considered a crime.
November 16 of every year was adopted by UNESCO as an International Day of Tolerance in 1995. The aim was to promote values of humanity, morality and legality.


Amani El Balawi – SNW News

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