UAE NEWS: Dubai will launch a day of cultural engagement

This annual event will also feature a large number of public figures.

Since tolerance is an internal value of the UAE’s social fabric, Daibha is still taking another step to promote it. The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charity (IACAD) in Dubai has announced that it will be launching a day to highlight the importance of gathering and call it the ‘UAE Day of Cultural Cooperation Happiness’.

Although the date of the special date will only be announced next week, an official said it would be a matter of the year. People from many different races and backgrounds from all over the world will come together on an online platform and share their knowledge and ideas about their cultural and religious beliefs. This annual event will also feature a large number of public figures.

The official said the day was inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Governor of Dubai, so that Dubai could represent Islam in a balanced light.

Dr Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director-General of IACAD, said: “The program aims to build bridges between the various communities in Dubai and around the world. Through these programs, we want to deepen the concept of inter-cultural communication.

“We believe that this program will nourish the minds and prepare future generations to be open-minded in welcoming others. These are important things that we have been remembering to promote tolerance and coexistence.”

He emphasized the fact that Dubai is considered to be the first city in the world to accommodate more than 200 nations and many cultures.

Dr Omar Muhammad Al Khatib, Executive Director of Islamic Affairs, said the program would “create a culture of cooperation in the UAE community”.

Adding that the program will “improve communication” between communities, Hind Mohammed Lootah, Director of Mohammed bin Rashid Islamic Culture Center, said: “Promoting respect and acceptance for others will help future and present generations to realize the importance of tolerating cultural diversity.”

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