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UAE names 2019 the Year of Tolerance to reflect Zayed's vision

Leaders say the year will honour Sheikh Zayed's belief that the UAE should welcome all nationalities and religions

The UAE government has announced that 2019 will be officially proclaimed the Year of Tolerance to strengthen the nation’s role of encouraging stability and prosperity in the region.

Leaders took to social media to announce the move, following on from the Year of Zayed in 2018 and Year of Giving in 2017.

The announcement has come days after it was revealed Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in February, a sign that the UAE is welcoming and tolerant of all religions.

In November, a World Tolerance Summit in Dubai attracted regional leaders and national figures to call for tolerance as an instigator of peace and stability.

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, declared 2019 the "Year of Tolerance", highlighting the UAE as a global capital for acceptance through its legislative and policy goals.

"Instilling values of tolerance carries on Sheikh Zayed's legacy and teachings," Sheikh Khalifa said on Saturday.

“It is one of the most important attributes that we can impact on our people and the global community to ensure the safety, stability and happiness of peoples across the world.”

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