The UAE declares 2019 as the Year of Tolerance
Following the Year of Zayed
In 2018, the UAE celebrated the Year of Zayed to mark 100 years since the birth of His Highness Sheikh Zayed. Celebrations included the unveiling of a new memorial in Abu Dhabi and lighting up the Burj Khalifa with the UAE Founder's face on New Year's Eve.
Now, the theme for 2019 has been unveiled.
According to Gulf News, 2019 will be the Year of Tolerance. The announcement was made his His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday, who said, "Here in the UAE, the Year of Tolerance will be celebrated as a national effort towards further advancing a decades-long dream of creating a tolerant and cohesive society, open to peoples of varying cultures and religions from around the world. The UAE and tolerance go hand-in-hand."
The year will begin with a visit from Pope Francis who will hold the first public Catholic mass in the UAE in February and construction will also begin on the region's first Hindu temple which is expected to be finished by 2020.
There will also be a focus on five pillars in the 12 months ahead: to deepen the values of tolerance and co-existence among cultures and peoples by concentrating on teaching the youth the values of tolerance; to solidify the UAE as the global capital for tolerance; to enact multiple cultural programmes and contributions to build tolerant communities; to focus on legislative and policy-oriented objectives that contribute to mandating cultural and religious tolerance; and to focus on promoting tolerance and co-existence via targeted media initiatives and projects.