As we welcome 2019, the New Year will bring a time dedicated to tolerance in the UAE…
23 January 2019| Last updated on 27 February 2019
As we welcome 2019, the new year will bring a time dedicated to tolerance in the UAE…
Since January 1st, 2019, the UAE became a global capital for tolerance worldwide and will work hard to instill the values of co-existence, peace and tolerance here, in the Gulf and across the world.
The news was announced by UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan last month.
How one company is adopting the Year of Tolerance
There’s no denying in any workplace, you’ll find a group of people from all different countries and religions working together in the UAE.
Because of this, following the announcement that 2019 will be the ‘Year of Tolerance’, Finance House – a leading financial institution – has adapted their policies.
In a company announcement, they shared to employees:
“Stemming from the UAE government announcement that 2019 will be proclaimed the ‘Year of Tolerance’ to strengthen the nation’s role of encouraging stability, prosperity and a sign that the UAE is welcoming and tolerant of religions, the Company is amending its Human Resources Leave Administration Policy to grant a paid leave to staff on account of major religious occasions.”
Currently, as per the UAE’s labour laws, employees are only entitled for paid leave on the following public holidays; New Year’s Day, Hijri New Year, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha, Isra’a Wal Mi’raj, the Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) birthday, UAE Commemoration Day and UAE National Day.
But now, Finance House are leading the way for embracing the ‘Year of Tolerance’ and allowing their employees to enjoy paid leave on account of major religious occasions.
The five pillars of the Year of Tolerance
To help promote and enforce 2019’s theme, the New Year will follow five important pillars:
Firstly - it aims to deepen the values of tolerance and co-existence among cultures and people, by concentrating on teaching young adults, teenagers and children the values of tolerance.
The second pillar seeks to solidify the UAE as the global capital for tolerance via a number of intiatives and projects specialised in tolerance and dialogue between various cultures and civilisations.
Third, the 'Year of Tolerance' will see multiple cultural programmes and contributions created to help build tolerant communities within the UAE.
For the fourth pillar, the focus is on legislative and policy-oriented objectives that contribute mandating cultural and religious tolerance via dialogue.
The fifth and final pillar aims to promote tolerance and co-existence via targeted media initiatives and projects.