In response to the declaration by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, of the year 2019 as the ‘Year of Tolerance’, the General Secretariat of the Supreme Legislation Committee in the Emirate of Dubai (SLC) has launched its ‘Tolerance-related Legislation’ awareness initiative. This initiative is intended at raising awareness of the recently issued forward-looking legislation, inspired by the UAE wise leadership’s vision of encouraging tolerance as an ethical human value and establishing it as a culture in social practices and government policies. The initiative emanates from the SLC’s commitment to shedding light on the drive towards legislative brilliance that supports the national endeavour, namely: to position the UAE as the exemplary country of tolerance, love, and co-existence. The UAE tolerance-oriented legislation drive is guided by the deep-rooted Emirati values and the principles of tolerant Shari’a, and is compliant with the provisions of local legislation and global conventions.
H.E. Ahmad Saeed bin Meshar Al Muhairi, SLC’s Secretary General, enlightened that the ‘Tolerance-related Legislation’ awareness initiative is in implementation of the Dubai Government plan of observing noble values and humanitarian principles when enacting legislation. “Tolerance is leading among these values; it is one of the main pillars of the UAE society, which is anchored on the values espoused by the country’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”, H.E. Al Muhairi affirmed. He added that the SLC initiative is in implementation of the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who said: “We intend to transform the value of tolerance into a sustainable institutional work that will reflect positively on our people."
Under the initiative, the tolerance-related local legislation published in the Official Gazette of the Government of Dubai will be posted on social media platforms, and will be circulated within official correspondence. One piece of tolerance-related legislation will be highlighted at the beginning of each month of the ‘Year of Tolerance.’ The objectives and provisions of the featured legislation will be simplified for better understanding by all segments of the society.