Zaki Nusseibeh: "The UAE has always worked to achieve justice, transparency and tolerance, and in diversity we find our greatest strength."
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University organized the second online forum of the International Day for Tolerance.
E. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Cultural Adviser to H. H. the President of the UAE and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, stressed in his speech during the forum that "the UAE's record of religious and cultural coexistence is honorable. More than 200 nationalities are residing in the UAE. Their rights are protected by the law that guarantees them respect and practice of their beliefs, customs, and traditions.
E. added: "The UAE has always worked to achieve justice and transparency, and prevent fanaticism, extremism and racism. It invests in practices that promote tolerance, understanding and happiness in diversity. The UAE is a living example of how to achieve a peaceful and harmonious collective sustainability. We have learned from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul) that without tolerance, peaceful coexistence, and diversity, we cannot achieve sustainability and economic and social prosperity. Thus, Zayed’s approach remains the shining light in our current leadership’s vision for the future of our nation and its role in global prosperity.
E. Zaki Nusseibeh said: “Schools, universities, vocational institutes, research centers and lifelong learning are more important now than they were in the 1970s. It is necessary to strengthen our cultural and creative industries – to introduce, understand and appreciate the world’s views and different forms of expression. Diversity is our greatest strength."
Prof. Hassan Al Naboodah, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, said that the forum brought leading international academics to discuss different perspectives on tolerance, and historical and contemporary humanitarian experiences. Participants also considered the relevance of tolerance and mutual coexistence to the development of the modern world. Professor Hassan stressed the importance of interfaith dialogue to global tolerance.
Professor Hassan said, "The UAE is a civilized society rich in cultural diversity thanks to its multicultural resident population. It serves as a global model for promoting the values of mutual coexistence, tolerance, dialogue and collaborative humanitarian action. Such values are reflected in the declaration of 2019 as the Year of Tolerance by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE - may God protect him.
The Forum was moderated by Dr. Ralph Leo from the Department of Tourism and Heritage and organized by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the UAEU. It aligns with the UAEU’s endeavors to consistently promote international intercultural communication and tolerance, and reflects the College’s continued pursuit of its scientific and academic mission.
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