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Dubai ruler issues law to set up body to fight extremism

Sheikh Mohammed also issues decrees to form trustees, appoint key figures to the International Institute for Tolerance

Dubai ruler issues law to set up body to fight extremism
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Photo: Dubai Media Office Twitter feed)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday issued a new law to establish the International Institute for Tolerance.

He also issued decrees to set up a board of trustees, under the leadership of Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, and appoint a managing director, Dr Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, for the institute which aims to instil a spirit of tolerance in UAE society, state news agency WAM reported.

It also plans to promote the UAE as a role model for tolerance, anti-extremism, and all forms of discrimination. The law will promote tolerance, encourage open dialogue and highlight the honest and peaceful essence of Islam, WAM added.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "The establishment of the International Institute for Tolerance comes at a time when we are in dire need to build bridges of tolerance and solidarity between people.

"The institute’s doors are open to scholars and tolerance advocates, who wish to work toward establishing a culture of tolerance and openness in our societies, and against extremism, fanaticism and intellectual repression."

He added: "Since its establishment, the UAE has promoted the values of tolerance, coexistence, acceptance and openness, and has become a safe haven for people from all over the world who can find it a place without discrimination based on religion, race, gender or colour.

"Tolerance is a fundamental value in any successful society; it is the foundation of stable and prosperous nations, and happy peoples," he said.

In accordance with the law, the institute will propose policies and legislation aimed at entrenching the values of tolerance and moderation in the society, and will submit them to the relevant authorities for implementation.

The law also includes launching the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award which will be awarded across five sectors – three honouring the efforts to spread the value of tolerance in philosophy, literary creativity and visual arts, and two competitions organised by the awards committee, focusing on youth projects and new media initiatives.

Plans to set up the International Institute for Tolerance were first announced last October.