Dh5 million global tolerance award in UAE now accepting applications
Award was launched by Sheikh Mohammed earlier this year.
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, 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 Dh5 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.
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."
Al Mansoori outlined the conditions and criteria for the nominations that are as follows:
. All nominations should be submitted during the approved dates specified by the Council. No contributions shall be accepted after the close of deadlines.
. Applications for the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award in the UAE should be submitted on a specific form available for this purpose on the website.
. A brief summary of the applicant's CV and a report of his or her achievements, initiatives and proposals in any field across the categories of the Award should be attached to the Award application.
. Nominations for the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award in the UAE are to be submitted to the Technical Advisory Committee formed by IIT's Board of Trustees for its review. The Committee will then forward the submissions with its recommendations to the Arbitration Committee.
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.
The award also aims to encourage entrepreneurship and excellence in establishing tolerance norms both at the national and international levels, in addition to stimulating interfaith dialogue and portraying the true image of Islam as a religion of tolerance.
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