ABU DHABI -- The Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have launched the 'All Together in the Emirates of Zayed Al Khair', a cultural programme which will be taking place throughout the Holy Month of Ramadan to spread cultural diversity among the employees and patients at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

As part of the programme, activities including knowledge, arts, cultural, national and religious events will be held to put a spotlight on Emirati cultural and national identity.

In a statement at the launch of the programme, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, said he was delighted that the thoughtful leaders at the Cleveland Clinic have asked the Ministry to help the expatriate members of the healthcare community become familiar with the thriving global culture of the United Arab Emirates.

"As the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, I want you to know that the pluralistic elements in the Emirati society have enabled the formation of a tolerant, understanding, peaceful, productive, and prosperous multi-cultural community that is the UAE. I hope that you will come to understand and appreciate those pluralistic elements that distinguish our Emirati heritage," he added.

Understanding the beliefs of others, Sheikh Nahyan noted, does not require us to abandon our own individual beliefs. "On the contrary, engaging in open dialogue is like looking through a window in which you can also see your own reflection. Learning about the culture and beliefs of others will help you get a better understanding of your own."

He said that understanding also "leads to mutual respect, peaceful co-existence, and, hopefully, to a world where curiosity replaces fear, where differences are celebrated, and where co-operation becomes a way to build a truly pluralistic global society."

It was in this spirit of pluralism that the founder of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, brought our seven emirates together and welcomed citizens of 200 other countries, all dedicated to the development and well-being of the United Arab Emirates," Sheikh Nahyan added.

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, he noted, preserves this spirit that enabled the UAE to become a role model in global peace and understanding.

Sheikh Nahyan also quoted His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who once said, "The UAE serves as a role model for coexistence among different cultures that are represented by the millions who live in the UAE."

Source: Emirates News Agency