DUBAI: Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has launched a global initiative to encourage tolerance, and to honour champions of tolerance throughout the world.

The ‘Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance’ will lay the foundation for developing young Arab leaders in the field of tolerance and providing support to the intellectual, cultural and media promotions of values of tolerance and openness.

Sheikh Mohammed also announced the establishment of the ‘International Institute for Tolerance,’ which will be the first of its kind in the Arab world to offer advice and expert views on policies for promoting values of tolerance among nations, to publish studies and research reports on tolerance, and to work with relevant authorities to instil principles of tolerance in the younger generations.

The institute will also release social studies on the root causes of fundamentalism, seclusion and sectarianism. It will further provide support to Arab and international experts and specialists in tolerance, and contribute to developing educational systems.

The Award is the latest to join the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, which will reach more than 130 million people in the coming 10 years and will focus on developmental and relief efforts across the Arab region and beyond, following a clear and comprehensive vision and a specific set of major, measurable goals and milestones. The 30-plus entities that fall under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ umbrella will join together in their efforts to achieve these goals. More info