Year of Tolerance 2019

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has proclaimed the year 2019 to be the “The Year of Tolerance” in the UAE, highlighting the UAE as a global capital for tolerance, and emphasizing tolerance as a universal concept and a sustainable institutional endeavour through legislation and policies aimed at entrenching the values of tolerance, dialogue, coexistence and openness to different cultures, especially amongst youth, which will reflect positively on society as a whole.


To highlight the impact of tolerance, and to expand the scope and opportunities for communication and dialogue.


Devoting efforts to building a tolerant society that believes in the importance of human communication.


  1. 01

To establish values of tolerance, communication and coexistence in society.

  1. 02

Introducing the UAE model of tolerance to the world to become part of community virtues.

  1. 03

Enabling tolerance in society through policies and legislation.

  1. 04

Openness to other human cultures.

Year of Tolerance Framework

The general framework of the Year of Tolerance revolves around 7 main pillars that seek to entrench the values of tolerance and openness to cultures and peoples as a general community approach that involves all segments of society and to establish a sustainable institutional framework across the UAE.

Tolerance in the community

It aims to promote the values of tolerance within family members and members of the community, and to consolidate them among different cultures, activating the role of UAE community centres across the country to promote the values of tolerance and celebrate cultural diversity.

Tolerance in education

This pillar seeks to consolidate the values of tolerance in education through educational and cultural programs that promote tolerance between school and university students and activating student clubs in universities to celebrate cultural diversity.

Tolerance at the workplace

This pillar aims to promote and consolidate the values of tolerance in government and private institutions through educational programs focused on the values of tolerance in governmental and non-governmental institutions and awareness programs on equal opportunities in employment and services.

Tolerance and culture

Promoting cultural tolerance is the main objective, through the launch of various events to celebrate the expatriate communities residing in the UAE, promoting initiatives that enhance interactions among them, and implementing a series of community events in the arts and culture sector.

UAE model of tolerance

The dissemination of the UAE model of tolerance is one of the objectives of the Year of Tolerance, through conferences and platforms for dialogue on tolerance, and efforts to enrich the scientific and cultural content on tolerance, in order to establish the UAE as the global capital for tolerance.

Tolerance in policies and legislation

This pillar will see the Supreme National Committee for Tolerance work on developing policies, legislation and executive regulations that guarantee the sustainability of values and lessons behind tolerance, dialogue and cohesion among cultures, including a law on multiculturalism.

Tolerance in the media

The media is one of the most important pillars in disseminating tolerance and coexistence values through targeted media campaigns that shed light on the UAE model through a series of media policies and television and radio programs, and targeted media and awareness campaigns on social media platforms.

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