|20 July, 2019

UAE's places of worship law in final stages

The new law includes the required conditions and standards for licensing places of worship

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, June 26, 2019.

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, June 26, 2019.

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The UAE's Supreme National Committee for Tolerance said the law on licensing of places of worship in the emirates is in its final stages, and comes as part of its efforts to boost the country's stature to global capital for tolerance.

The new law includes the required conditions and standards for licensing places of worship in a way that reflects the image of tolerance on the land of the state, reported state news agency Wam.
 
The committee was set up following the UAE leadership's declaration of 2019 as the "Year of Tolerance.
 
Committee Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan presided over the meeting in the presence of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and the Committee's Vice Chairman.
 
Among those who attended the meeting were Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development; Hessa Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development; Jameela Al Muheiri, Minister of State for Public Education; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council, and Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs.
 
Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of consolidating values of tolerance within the UAE community through sustainable initiatives and projects that enhance the role of the UAE as a global capital for tolerance, civilisational coexistence and human brotherhood.
 
The Higher National Committee for Tolerance affirmed that the first six months witnessed the implementation of more than 1,400 initiatives and projects that serve the seven pillars of the 'Year of Tolerance,' stated the report.
 
Sheikh Abdullah also directed the Ministry of Education to put in place appropriate mechanisms to educate school students about the Document on Human Fraternity at the beginning of the next academic year, it added.

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