"Tolerance is a key value of our ancestors and our founding fathers. The UAE has succeeded in spreading it throughout the Arab region and the world," His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said after chairing a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday that approved the National Tolerance Programme.
"Tolerance is the basis for building societies, and promoting values of peaceful coexistence. Today, we need to be more tolerant and united to face the changes happening around us," said the Prime Minister.
National Tolerance Programme will promote multiculturalism and reject attitudes of discrimination, and is based on seven main pillars: Islam, UAE constitution, the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan's legacy and ethics of the UAE, international conventions, archeology and history, humanity, and common values.
According to a WAM report, the National Tolerance Programme will be in collaboration with federal and local entities under five main themes: Strengthen the government's role as an incubator of tolerance; consolidate the role of family in nation building; promote tolerance among young people and prevent them from fanaticism and extremism, enrich scientific and cultural content, and integrate international efforts to promote tolerance and highlight the leading role of UAE in this area.
As part of the programme, members of various segments of society will be selected as the 'Voice of Tolerance' to drive a campaign against racism and hatred through a number of activities and events as well as social media, in partnership with various media outlets, says the report.
The first theme includes Tolerance Responsibility Programme for Organisations, the first programme of its kind in the world, which will encourage organisations to support tolerance. The program will also launch the UAE Charter of Tolerance, Coexistence, and Peace, which is a set of agreements related to citizens, residents, teachers, students and employees aimed at promoting tolerance, coexistence and respect for cultural diversity, and the rejection of violence, extremism and racism.
UAE: Sandstorm expected till tomorrow 8:00 A.M.: In a press release National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) warns the UAE residents against blowing dust with poor visibility over some interiors due to fresh winds. Yesterday as per NCMS reports there were fresh Northwesterly wind and rough sea in the offshore areas of the Arabian Gulf. Motorists are cautioned to reduce their speed and leave enough distance between vehicles, as it anticipates an active northwesterly wind to stir up strong dust clouds. Temperatures will remain stable with a highest expected at 39 degrees Celsius in Abu Dhabi, according to reports. Humidity levels are also expected to reach a peak of 35 per cent with an average wind speed of 31km/h.
Private Ramadan tents are banned: Dubai Municipality: A report in the leading newspaper Khaleej Times says that Dubai Municipality bans private tents without permits, owing to safety reasons. But small tents set within home premises are allowed without the need for permits, says the report. Residents are allowed to set up tents within their home premises without the need for permits. The DM officials said that the commercial permits are given only to hotels and any such tents outside the premises of private villas are illegal.
Naseeruddin Shah refuses Dumbledore role in Harry Potter: The Bollywood thespian Naseeruddin Shah in a Twitter interview to Times of India Entertainment reveled that he was offered the role of Dumbledore in the blockbuster movie series Harry Potter - one of the most famous characters in modern literature. Harry Potter blockbuster movie series, is an adaptation of J.K. Rowling's popular series. The Dumbledore character was earlier played by the Irish actor Richard Harris (the original Dumbledore in the first two films) who died in October 2002.
World’s longest and shortest Ramadan fasting hours in 2016: With 21 hours of fasting Muslims in Denmark are observing the longest fast hours in the world this year. Followed by Denmark are countries like Iceland, Sweden and Norway (20 Hr); Netherlands and Belgium (18 Hr 30 Min); Spain (17 Hr) and Germany (16 Hr and 30 Min). England is observing one of the longest fasts in 33 years varying from 16-19 hours as per the location. US, France and Italy have 16 hours of fasting. Meanwhile, Argentina (9 Hr 30 Min) Australia (10 Hr) and Brazil (11 Hr). What’s more, in UAE Muslims are fasting for 15 hours in hot summer weather, and Indians are fasting hours for 15-16 hours.
GlobalWebIndex Data: UAE residents are 'webaholics': UAE residents spend over 4 hours online on their mobiles half an hour lesser than the top internet users Brazil. This was revealed in a study conducted by GlobalWebIndex, a market research firm that is renowned for conducting the world's largest study on the digital consumer.
Be it a student, a professional, a housewife or a worker, the UAE residents – not just workaholic – are webaholic also, spending hours surfing web on their smartphones. Apart from high penetration rate of smartphones and speedy Internet in UAE, this high ratio of people accessing net on their smartphones could be attributed to teenagers and youngsters spending hours on games on their handsets as well as tech savvy adult residents reading news, banking online, booking air or theatre tickets, purchasing gadgets online through their handsets.
Nayif -1 , the UAE's first Nanosatellite that was developed by Emirati engineering students, has successfully passed all stages and tests, and is now ready for launch into space aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket, said a press release from MBRSC (Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre).More News..
The 2016 IIFA Awards, officially known as the 17th International Indian Film Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the International Indian Film Academy honouring the best Hindi films of 2015, ended this weekend in Madrid, Spain on a very high note as celebrities enthralled the audience with power packed performances, cheerful anecdotes and stunning red carpet best.More News..
H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, launched a nationwide initiative titled “Express Your Love for UAE” on Wednesday in UAE.More News..
The space agency of the Indian government, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully launches PSLV – C34, its earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series into earth’s orbit this morning. The vehicle is carrying 20 satellites including those of Google company Terra Bella’s SkySat Gen2, and earth observation and imaging satellites from US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia.More News..
Inaugurating International Yoga Day 2016 celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people this morning at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, India, to embrace yoga for better physical and mental health. He said that Yoga has become a mass movement like no other in the world.More News..
In line with Dubai Municipality’s transparency policy, the department has launched a Whatsapp number +971 50 1077799 to which residents can send a message seeking the authenticity of any rumours. Dubai Municipality will verify the news' sources and respond to the sender with a clarification within eight hours.More News..
Discussing ways of promoting parliamentary cooperation between the UAE and India as part of the distinguished and growing strategic partnership the two countries, Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), and T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to the UAE, at the FNC’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi on Saturday decided to set up an Emirati-Indian Parliamentary Committee.More News..
Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) announced today that the Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) successfully carried out the first organ transplant surgery in Dubai, in collaboration with Mediclinic City Hospital. The surgery was performed on 8 June, on a 29-year old Emirati woman.More News..
Individuals are banned to own wild and other domesticated but dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, apes and monkeys, as well as pit bulls, mastiffs and Japanese Tosa dogs, says a draft law passed on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi by the Federal National Council. It also warns that pet owners who fail to control their pet dogs in public places will face tough penalties including one month jail term.More News..
Formerly named Wudeema Law, the UAE’s Child Protection Law takes effect on June 15 under which reporting cases of child abuse or negligence has become mandatory for all members of the community. The law will come in force from today onwards with the ultimate goal of transforming families and society.More News..