DUBAI, -- The Mohamed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance on Wednesday organised a tolerance parade called 'Tolerance Unites Us' at the Burj Park in Dubai to celebrate the International Day for Tolerance.

The event was held to promote tolerance and humanity among various religions and nationalities all over the world, in tune with the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who aims to establish Dubai as a global capital of tolerance.

The parade attracted a large number of participants, from more than 126 nationalities and from all walks of life, who said that they feel that they are one big family in the UAE while raising symbolic flags bearing the phrase 'Tolerance Unites US'.

The event ended with a LED show on Burj Khalifa, showcasing the hashtag #tolerance unites us in all languages.

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Award, inaugurated the parade, saying it reflected the solidarity and co-existence of the entire community in the UAE. She said that the aim of the parade was to celebrate the World Tolerance Day and bestow the value of tolerance to all through the participation of all religions and nationalities. She also thanked the participants for their contributions to the country as they consider it their second country, and wished everyone luck.

Sheikha Lubna added that the tolerance message sent by the UAE does not exclude anyone; it is meant for all the nationals and residents of the country, and aims to promote the values of tolerance, co-existence, respect for diversity and acceptance of others regardless of their nationality, religion or culture. "These values, she noted, are deeply rooted in the Emirati society due to the teachings of Islam, the Constitution and the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan."

Ahmed Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of the Award; Saeed Hareb, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, and Dr. Omar Al Mothana, Executive Director of Licensing and Control Sector in the Authority of Developing the Community, as well as the ambassador of Mohamed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance, presenter and media icon Loujain Omran joined the parade, besides a large number of religious groups, and social, culture and media personnel.

Al Mansouri confirmed that the large number of participants from different nationalities living in the UAE "proves that the United Arab Emirates is the homeland of tolerance and Dubai is the world's capital of tolerance."

"This is due to the initiatives and the actions taken by the state in leadership, government and people's development, through its continuous endeavour to embody the values of tolerance, co-existence and harmony among the different cultures and religions, which constitute the solid social structure in the state. He also stressed the importance of delivering the tolerance message of the UAE to the entire world, represented in its respect for cultural diversity, acceptance of others and in its efforts to renounce violence, extremism, fanaticism, discrimination and hatred," Al Mansouri added.

Source: Emirates News Agency