Shared Principles of Tolerance and Inclusion
With 200 nationalities residing and working peacefully together, the UAE is committed to promoting values of tolerance and coexistence through government policies, interfaith dialogue and international partnerships. Numerous UAE-US collaborations underscore shared principles of tolerance and inclusion.
In 2017, the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies, an Abu Dhabi-based initiative that promotes moderate Islam and religious coexistence, hosted the first American Caravan for Peace to increase dialogue on moderation and tolerance. The Caravan consisted of more than 30 prominent Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders from the US.
The Ministry of Tolerance, led by His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, implements programs that foster respect, peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding among people in the UAE. In 2018, the Ministry worked with the US Embassy in the UAE to host the Reginald Golden Singers, a musical group affiliated with the Howard University Gospel Choir. The group performed to diverse audiences throughout the UAE.
The UAE is home to 40 churches, two Hindu temples and a Sikh temple, that welcome multi-national congregations. The region’s largest Anglican Church is currently being built in Abu Dhabi and will accommodate more than 4,000 worshipers once complete. And in 2017, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan renamed a mosque in Abu Dhabi to “Mary, Mother of Jesus” to build stronger understanding between Christians and Muslims. Reverend Canon Andy Thompson, Chaplain of St Andrew's Church in Abu Dhabi, describes the UAE as “a model for religious tolerance in the region.”
In 2018, a delegation of government and faith leaders from the UAE attended the US State Department Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, DC. The UAE delegation met with international faith leaders and government officials to discuss ways to protect religious freedom and promote interfaith dialogue.