With more than 200 nationalities living peacefully and successfully in the UAE, the UAE society has been an example of being a tolerant and inclusive country. In July 2015, H. H. Sheikh Khalifa issued Federal Decree Law No. 02 of 2015 on Combating Discrimination and Hatred. The law aims to protect everyone in the UAE, via a solid legislative ground for the environment of tolerance, co-existence and acceptance. The law fights discrimination against individuals or groups based on religion, caste, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin. In 2016, the UAE Cabinet introduced the first post of the Minister of State for Tolerance, (Renamed as Ministry of Tolerance and Co-existence on 5 July 2020).
In the same year, the UAE Cabinet launched the National Tolerance Programme, to boost the values of tolerance and co-existence and to reject attitudes of discrimination and hatred. The UAE also established various centres to counter extremism, including the International Institute for Tolerance, the Hedayah centre and the Sawab centre. The country was also recognised for its initiatives and programmes to advance tolerance and to counter terrorism and extremism in global indices.
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Updated on 22 Mar 2021