The Ghaf, the UAE’s national tree has been chosen for the official logo for the ‘Year of Tolerance’.
The logo will be used by all UAE government, private and media entities in all campaigns, initiatives and programmes launched during 2019.
In a tweet announcing the decision, Sheikh Mohammed said, “Tolerance is a universal value, and Ghaf is our authentic national tree, a source of life and symbol of stability in the middle of the desert, under its shadows our ancestors gathered to consult on matters related to their daily lives. In the ‘Year of Tolerance’, we chose the Ghaf as a logo for all of us to live by the principles of tolerance, coexistence and diversity.”
التسامح قيمة عالمية..... والغاف شجرتنا الوطنية ....
مصدر الحياة وعنوان الاستقرار في وسط الصحراء.... كانت ظلالها الوارفة مركزاً لتجمع أجدادنا للتشاور في أمور حياتهم.....وفي عام التسامح نتخذها شعاراً لنستظل جميعاً بظل التسامح والتعايش pic.twitter.com/IRspq4JMu6— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) February 7, 2019
The Supreme National Committee of the ‘Year of Tolerance,’ chaired Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said that the Ghaf tree was chosen as a major component of the logo due to its great significance as one of the authentic national trees in the country.
It added that the Ghaf “represents a great cultural value in the UAE and is associated with the identity and heritage of the country.”
“The late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan has given great importance to the Ghaf and issued laws and regulations prohibiting the cutting of the tree throughout the country,” a statement by the committee read.
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