MINISTRY OF TOLERANCE AND ETIHAD AVIATION GROUP LAUNCH THE UAE’s FIRST National Festival of Tolerance
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Aviation Group has partnered with the Ministry of Tolerance to launch the first UAE National Festival of Tolerance in Umm Al Emarat Park today with a range of diversity-themed celebrations.
The event, hosted under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, attracted a huge gathering of people from various cultures, nationalities and backgrounds.
Etihad Aviation Group partnered with the Ministry of Tolerance and Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 to launch this annual initiative which appreciates the values of tolerance and respect that are important to the UAE community.
A wide range of activities entertained guests including a community walk with internationally themed booths showcasing cultural activities from around the world as well as live music by an international orchestra. Visitors were invited to participate in a Guinness World record attempt to achieve the largest number of signatures on a wall.
On behalf of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance, Her Excellency Afar Al Sabri, addressed the crowd: “it is my great honor – and – pleasure to welcome to this special occasion –- as we all gather to walk unified expressing tolerance – and harmony – and to launch the National Festival of Tolerance.
“ What a pleasure it is to be here this evening in beautiful Umm Al Emarat Park – to celebrate the first day of the UAE’s National Festival of Tolerance. During the coming week, – Umm Al Emarat Park will be alive with thousands of people – representing every part of the UAE’s diverse population. That diversity is on display today – as we formally begin the National Festival of Tolerance. “
Addressing the crowd, Khaled Al Mehairbi, Corporate Responsibility Chairman, Etihad Aviation Group said, “We are delighted to celebrate Abu Dhabi’s spirit of tolerance and cultural diversity. As a nation, we are committed to fostering the mutual understanding and spirit of co-operation among the people and communities living in the United Arab Emirates.
“The late Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has long promoted the values of respect among the community and we are proud to follow his wisdom and guidance”.
Etihad Aviation Group employs more than 22,000 people hailing from more than 150 nationalities and is a leading example of how tolerance and teamwork are embedded across an organisation.