Concurrently with the International Day for Tolerance
The National Library and Archives organizes a seminar on the UAE.. the nation of Tolerance and launches a book on adopted and exercised tolerance.
Concurrently with the International Day for Tolerance, the National Library and Archives organized a seminar entitled: "The UAE.. Nation of Tolerance: Its Legacy, heritage, Happiness and Future", which tackled the UAE’s past and present to manifest a reflection of its true image, i.e. a tolerance haven and a global model of coexistence and fraternity, embracing more than 200 nationalities living happily and peacefully on its hospitable land.
The seminar began with Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s quote on tolerance: "Tolerance is an essential duty, if God Almighty; the greatest Creator forgives, how can we; as humble human beings of his creation possibly not forgive?!.".
His Excellency Abdulla Majed Al Ali, Director General of the National Library and Archives began the seminar with an opening speech in which he stressed that tolerance to the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a key human value and an essential strategy approach, as he believed that tolerant societies achieve peace, security, stability, sustainable development, advancement and their aspired objectives and goals. He also added that: “The UAE’s wise leadership has always recognized the significance of this value and promoted its culture among its people”.
His Excellency stressed that the UAE population indicate that it advocates and promotes the values of tolerance, peace, safety and cultural pluralism, as it hosts more than 200 world nationalities who enjoy a respectful decent living, and the UAE laws grant them all respect and equality. Thus, tolerance or openness to others and cultural dialogue are adopted approaches that bridge any communication gaps with the world people or Countries.
His Excellency praised the book entitled "Tolerance in the UAE" issued by the National Library and Archives in celebration of this occasion.
Dr. Aisha Bilkhair, National Library and Archives’ Research Advisor and Head of the Tolerance Committee, then tackled "Tolerance in Emirati Heritage", stressing that tolerance is deep-rooted in the Emirati society, and that it was always exercised among people through their various dealings, behaviors, customs, traditions and ways of life. many examples have been provided in this connection, namely: tolerance in conflicts, in naming places, in hospitality, among many others.
Mr. Hassan bin Thalith, a member of the Tolerance Committee at the National Library and Archives, depicted tolerance from a historical perspective as he stressed that tolerance is not limited to the religious aspect only, as there are social, political, cultural and other aspects of tolerance.
Mr. Bin Thalith cited examples of tolerance in Emirati society from what transpired in the councils or the Majlises of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which exhibited all types of tolerance, and this was witnessed by Foreign or western historians and orientalists, such as: Julian Walker, Wilfred Thesiger, Edward Henderson... who all praised the democracy and dialogue freedom exercised in these councils.
Mrs. Madya Al-Mhairbi, a member of the Tolerance Committee, stressed in her speech on: Tolerance.. Happiness and Future, that we must be tolerant to achieve our goals, and that tolerance must be a way of life, as the tolerant person benefits the most, since tolerance turns him into a positive, optimistic, and benevolent character, self, nation and society loving.
The ceremony was concluded by launching the book entitled: "Tolerance in the United Arab Emirates" prepared by Mrs. Iman Salem Al Breiki, Senior Researcher at the National Library and Archives. Mrs. Al Breiki shared her experience in preparing this publication that documents the virtue of tolerance, which made the UAE a global model and a haven of tolerance.
Mrs. Al Breiki noted that the book consists of three chapters, namely: Tolerance and its importance, the UAE is a nation of tolerance and coexistence, and the UAE political leadership’s quotes on tolerance.