Abu Dhabi: Shaikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, said that the message of tolerance and coexistence promoted by the UAE does not exclude anyone in the UAE or abroad, nationals or residents, individuals or organisations as well as families, whether young or old.
Shaikh Nahyan made these statements after reviewing preparations by the ministry for the launch of the Tolerance Walkathon which will kick-off from Umm Al Emarat Park on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 4:30pm.
The Tolerance Walkathon will be the launchpad for the National Tolerance Festival organised by the ministry from November 9 to 16, which also features more than 120 local and federal entities and private organisations.
Shaikh Nahyan stated that the ministry is very keen on the active participation by various categories of residents in the UAE with their diverse nationalities, religions and multi-ethnic backgrounds. He announced that so far more than one hundred communities have expressed an interest in taking part and more are expected to join.
He affirmed the commitment of the Ministry of Tolerance to promote the message of tolerance and encourage everyone in the country and abroad to consider the impact of accepting the other. Mutual respect and understanding build a healthy foundation necessary for security, stability and general comfort. “Our pride stems from the fact that we are a country where everyone thrives equally, regardless of their differences,” he added.
The Minister of Tolerance indicated that such aims are achieved through a series of local and international initiatives and events, most notably the Tolerance Festival, organised by the ministry throughout the year.
Shaikh Nahyan noted that he has just been briefed with all details and preparations made for the Tolerance Walkathon which will witness a wide participation by the communal and intellectual leaders, high dignities, and ambassadors of brotherly and friendly countries.
The walk’s distance is limited to two kilometres to ensure the participation of all segments of society including families, students of schools and universities, old and young. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to Etihad Airways, the local departments and authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, notably, the management of Umm Al Emarat Park for their cooperation with the ministry as well as the generous support and active contribution.
Hundreds of dignitaries, officials and members of the public from 100 nationalities will march in a walkathon to celebrate their peaceful coexistence on the International Day of Tolerance.
Shaikh Nahyan stressed on carrying the message of tolerance that the founding fathers have established since the country’s formation. He added that the tolerance walkathon aims at promoting the ministry’s mission to raise public awareness about acceptance and understanding as core values of the society, and boost the principles of tolerance and coexistence as a means for deepening the culture of openness, dialogue, communication in the UAE which has become today a leading example of coexistence and peace in the world.
“It is also an initiative of recognition towards our visionary leaders who have managed to build the UAE as a role model for tolerance and peaceful coexistence that gains the respect and appreciation of the whole world. That shows the UAE’s determination to continuously seek ways to open dialogues and spread the culture of peace and coexistence in all sectors,” he added.