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Sheikh Mohammed launches new global initiative to fight extremism

Dubai ruler announces plans to set up the International Institute for Tolerance which aims to fight fundamentalism, seclusion and sectarianism

Sheikh Mohammed launches new global initiative to fight extremism
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (Photo: Dubai Media Office Twitter feed)

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday announced plans to set up the International Institute for Tolerance which aims to fight fundamentalism, seclusion and sectarianism.

The institute is part of a global initiative launched by Sheikh Mohammed to stamp out extremism, and to honour champions of tolerance throughout the world, news agency WAM reported.

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance will lay the foundation for developing young Arab leaders in the field of tolerance, it added.

WAM reported that the institute will be the first of its kind in the Arab world to offer advice and expert views on policies to promote values of tolerance among nations and to work with relevant authorities to instil principles of tolerance in the younger generation.

The institute will also release social studies on the root causes of fundamentalism, seclusion and sectarianism and will contribute to developing educational systems.

The award is the latest to join the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which will reach more than 130 million people in the coming 10 years and will focus on developmental and relief efforts across the Arab region and beyond.

Sheikh Mohammed said: "The UAE has established itself as a global role model for tolerance. We cherish tolerance as a key value. Yet, we intend to transform that value into a sustainable institutional work that will reflect positively on our peoples in the Arab world.

"Our Arab societies need to be prepared intellectually to embed the culture of tolerance, openness and peaceful co-existence."

He also urged the adoption of measures to provide a cultural immunity to the youth, as they form the frontline of defence against the forces of extremism and exclusionism.

Sheikh Mohammed also ordered the establishment of a board of trustees for the award, to be chaired by Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance.

He also ordered the appointment of Dr Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmed al Shaibani as the managing director of the International Institute for Tolerance and Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansouri as the award's secretary general.