UAE leaders have named 2019 the Year of Tolerance in a bid to promote the country's mulitcultural nature.
The President, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, announced the initiative as 2018's Year of Zayed comes to a close.
He said: "Instilling values of tolerance carries on Sheikh Zayed's legacy and teachings.
“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.”
The UAE is extremely proud of its inclusive nature, with people of all nationalities and religions calling the country home.
The Year of Tolerance follows on from the Year of Zayed in 2018, the 100th anniversary of the birth of UAE founding father HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the Year of Giving in 2017.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said: "Dear brothers and sisters, the President... has issued a directive to announce 2019 as the Year of Tolerance in the UAE, with the aim of solidifying the international role that the country plays as the capital of co-existence and meeting of civilisations.
“Tolerance is the cornerstone of advanced societies, intellectually and humanely, and is one of the tools of empowering civilisations and ensuring stability and flourishing of nations.
"In 2019, we will endeavour to establish this value and lead the intellectual, media and research production movements to reaffirm this value in our region, which has suffered a lot because of extreme allegiance to ideologies or factions or parties.”