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UAE themes: From Year of Zayed to Giving and Tolerance

Sahim Salim

Published on March 16, 2021 at 14.36

Full list of themes the UAE has celebrated since the practice was first adopted in 2015.

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The UAE has celebrated the late Sheikh Zayed; the country's culture of giving and tolerance; promoted reading; and encouraged innovation as it announced themes for each year. It all began with the Year of Innovation in 2015, and the year 2021 has been declared as the Year of the 50th. The current theme celebrates the country's 50th year of founding.
Here is the full list of themes the country has celebrated over the years.
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2021: Year of the 50th
It celebrates the fact that the UAE marks 50 years of its founding this year. Year-long celebrations will mark the country's Golden Jubilee. The Year of the 50th officially starts on April 6, 2021, and lasts until March 31, 2022.
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2020: Towards the Next 50
It was the year of preparations for the next 50 years. Federal and local governments coordinated and included individuals from all segments of society to better economy, education, infrastructure, health, and media.
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2019: Year of Tolerance
It highlighted the UAE as a global capital for tolerance. The theme helped stress tolerance as a universal concept and a sustainable institutional endeavour through legislation and policies. The country fostered an environment of openness and respect that rejects extremism and promotes coexistence.
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2018: Year of Zayed
The year 2018 marked 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE. To commemorate the historic national occasion, the Year of Zayed featured a series of events and initiatives to commemorate his memory. The events showcased his impact and legacy, and promoted the values that he displayed throughout his life.
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2017: Year of Giving
The theme promoted the culture of volunteering and strengthened the concept of giving. The UAE Food Bank was one of the biggest initiatives launched during the year. The spirit of volunteerism was promoted throughout the year.
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2016: Year of Reading
The theme aimed to foster a culture of reading in the minds of citizens and expats of the UAE. It saw the development of an integrated national framework to prepare a "generation of readers who are knowledgeable about all cultures of the world".
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2015: Year of Innovation
All federal and local government bodies were directed to boost cooperation and to revise their policies to provide an environment that nurtures innovation.
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