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A Time for Tolerance

59 Wednesday 8 March, 10am-11am Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

''The only way you can make the world a better place is by doing the opposite of hating.'' – Omar Saif Ghobash

How do you overcome cultural and religious disputes to build a tolerant, multifaith society? This is an urgent question for the world today — and one a country as diverse as the UAE will always face. Our interfaith panel has gathered to discuss common issues and misconceptions that arise in debates about Islam, Christianity, religious pluralism and secular society.

HE Omar Saif Ghobash is the UAE’s Ambassador to Russia. He is on the advisory body of The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London. His new book Letters to a Young Muslim discusses how moderate Muslims should unite and find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world.

HE Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi is the UAE’s Minister of State for Tolerance and first woman appointed to the cabinet, who recently delivered an invitation to the Pope to visit the UAE. She was previously Minister of State for International Cooperation.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri is the Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai and head of the Community Development Committee.

Reverend Andy Thompson is vicar of St Andrews Church in Abu Dhabi, author of Jesus of Arabia (foreword provided by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak) and Christianity in the UAE, which examine both today’s communities and the history of Christianity in the region.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Strands: Emirati, Tolerance

A Time for Tolerance

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