UAE 2019: Year of Tolerance
The UAE tradition of a yearly theme has earmarked 2019 as The Year of Tolerance. This year’s focus was to encourage religious, racial, communal and political tolerance within UAE through the policies and practices adopted within the Emirati culture.
Among the diverse multinational community, UAE has developed a unique cultural identity that represents one of the cornerstones of the country’s reputation globally. UAE allows its residents to mingle with a multitude of nationalities, which transcends cultural barriers and stereotyping in the society. This diversity is a source of strength and unity. Approximately, 8 million people call Dubai their home and over 200 nationalities coexist peacefully.
His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan served as President of the United Arab Emirates since the formation of the Federation and as Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The philosophy of Tolerance can be well understood through his life and efforts, he was a staunch supporter of acceptance. One of the philosophies he applied was “investing in people’s welfare, knowledge and capabilities to produce the greatest dividends for individuals, families and society.”
The year of Tolerance is adopted by UAE not only by embracing equality among religions and nationalities but also between genders by decreeing that women will occupy 50% of the 40 available seats after the FNC elections in 2019.
“The highest result of education is tolerance” as rightly said by Helen Keller, the renowned American author and political activist. A part of our academic journey is to learn how to get along with other people, attach value to differences and ingrain an appreciation of diversity from the start. Integrating tolerance into the education system, is about helping students think differently.
For UKCBC, the Year of Tolerance has been a key platform, that goes beyond a day, week or year dedicated to the values of mutual respect and understanding. Students and employees here practice tolerance of difference and respect for each other’s values, customs, nationality and background within the context of the UAE, which has its own culture that spreads throughout our teaching and learning.
We share the very same values and offer a great hospitable environment for our students and staff from over 54 countries and counting. We implement and instill these values in our teaching to ensure we not only produce students with the best skills, but also students that are tolerant and accepting of all cultures and traditions.
Dr. Tajwar Hussaini is a highly skilled Business Programme Leader for UKCBC – Dubai Campus. With nine years of varied teaching experience, she likes to encourage creativity and higher-order thinking during her lessons to increase student performance and personal growth.