The International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) today announced at a press
conference the start of competitions for the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum Tolerance Award that will receive nominations from across the globe.
Individuals and entities with outstanding achievements in promoting tolerance worldwide can be
nominated for the first-of-its-kind award that celebrates the intrinsic value
of tolerance and seeks to highlight the importance of harmonious coexistence
between cultures and communities. Nominations can be made by registering on the Award website, in accordance with the criteria and conditions approved by the Award's Board of Trustees, that reflect
the highest standards of accuracy, transparency and integrity.
Launched earlier by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime
Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Award aligns with the UAE's efforts
to honor the people who help strengthen the value of tolerance as a key pillar of
dialogue and coexistence among the people of the world.
Briefing media representatives, His Excellency Dr Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani, Managing
Director of the International Institute for Tolerance, said: “The Mohammed Bin Rashid
Al Maktoum Tolerance Award is the first global initiative of its kind that seeks
to promote the value of tolerance that the UAE holds dear, and widen the scope for
openness and cross-cultural exchange. Launching this Award in the UAE’s Year of
Tolerance is particularly significant.”
Al Shaibani added: “We announce today the start of competitions to pick winners for the
first edition of the Award that includes a collective cash prize of AED5 million.”
He also pointed out that the Award establishes a new global approach and precedent in promoting
tolerance as a key value in uniting all human beings and shaping a more
cohesive global society that is based on love and acceptance of the differences between people.
His Excellency Major General Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansoori, Secretary General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid
Al Maktoum Tolerance Award, said: “This international award celebrates
achievements that promote tolerance in the areas of human intellect, culture
and art, in addition to honouring individuals and entities across five
categories: human thought, literary creativity, arts, youth projects, and new media.”
Explaining the mechanism of the Award, Al Mansoori added: “The Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance
Award is open to all candidates representing all sectors within the UAE and beyond.
All members of the public can submit their nominations with proof points where
applicable through the Award website. Individuals that are recommended by eminent
personalities from within their society can also participate in this Award.”
Al Mansoori outlined the conditions and criteria for the nominations that are as follows:
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award aims to honour individuals and entities that
have made outstanding contributions to strengthening the value of tolerance and
to shaping a new generation of leaders whose capabilities, communication skills
and scientific and community engagement are developed through carefully chosen programs.