In line with the UAE government’s commitment to upholding the values of tolerance and acceptance in a global scale, the International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) has announced last Sunday (Nov. 24), that it is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award from across the globe.
The highly coveted multi-million distinction has been launched by Sheikh Mohammed earlier this year.
Applications for AED 5 Million Global Tolerance Award in UAE Now Open
As per the IIT, 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, which seeks to highlight the importance of harmonious coexistence between cultures and communities.
Nominations can be made by registering on the Award website, following the criteria and conditions approved by the award’s Board of Trustees, that reflect the highest standards of accuracy, transparency, and integrity, as shared in a report by the Khaleej Times.
According to Dr. Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the International Institute for Tolerance, “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.”
“We announce today the start of competitions to pick winners for the first edition of the Award that includes a collective cash prize of AED 5 million,” Al Shaibani added.
He further noted 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.
For his part, Major General Ahmed Khalfan Al Mansoori, Secretary-General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award, shared: “This international award celebrates achievements that promote tolerance in the areas of human intellect, culture, and art, in addition to honoring individuals and entities across five categories: human thought, literary creativity, arts, youth projects, and new media.“
The following are the conditions and criteria for the nominations as outlined by Al Mansoori:
- 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 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.
Aside from honoring 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 Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance 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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