Message from the Managing Director

Established under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the International Institute for Tolerance (IIT) is a platform that reinforces the moderate approach of the UAE on the national and international levels. The IIT is an important milestone that represents the leading role of the UAE as a destination for coexistence, acceptance and advocacy for peace; for which the UAE gained a global position and presence.

We believe that a successful IIT is a natural outcome of good planning, execution, and direction. We will turn these visions into reality, seeking to create a culture that accepts and embraces yet is not fused with the other, because this culture is a part of the UAE national identity. We will also establish the significance of the UAE experience so it can be a model for laying the foundations of multiculturalism and diversity at its finest.

The International Institute for Tolerance seeks to instil the values ​​of tolerance, giving, and caring and to harness these values for the benefit of humanity on the basis of mutual respect and acknowledgment of differences. The IIT also aspires to a cohesive society and a higher position of UAE as a model for encouraging tolerance and eliminating extremism. This wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support and prompt oversight of our wise leadership. 

In a while, the IIT has been able to deploy tools and means of dialogue, and implement initiatives and programs that help to refine a trend for all nations to live in peace. The IIT is credited for managing to position itself among peer centers and institutes worldwide. It has been able to make a difference and showcase the state of harmony and conformity in the UAE, which hosts more than 200 different nationalities living in peace and amity. Because the IIT, like all other institutions, takes part in the development process, it follows an approach of partnership and cooperation with everyone and therefore is able to establish the culture and dignified values of tolerance.

Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, IIT's Managing Director,


What the IIT is doing today is not only guided to stabilize the region and eliminate divisiveness and hatred in the world but also is an embodiment of the power of faith, now and in the future. A future that is built on love and tranquility, so that all in this world can find a rich ground where they can be creative and innovative and have capabilities that can develop, grow, and prosper in a climate of ethical values. 

We ask the Almighty Allah to sustain the blessing of amity and togetherness and guide all of us to achieve more in light of our sublime principles and goals.

Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, IIT's Managing Director,



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