Emirates News Agency – Community Development Department organizes visit of clerics to Qasr Al Watan to promote ideals of brotherhood and harmony

ABU DHABI, 17th November, 2022 (WAM) — The Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi (DCD), in collaboration with Qasr Al Watan, has organized a visit for the clerics to the Presidential Palace, to provide them with in-depth knowledge and insights . on the rich Arab heritage, the history of the United Arab Emirates, as well as his vision for the future. The visit was an ideal opportunity for knowledge exchange and cross-cultural interaction and illustrated the values ​​of brotherhood and compassion as a bond that unites humanity. It has also helped to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a promoter of peace and social harmony, both regionally and globally.

The visit, which coincided with the celebration of the International Day for Tolerance, saw the presence of Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Community Development Department, Muhammad Al Balooshi, Executive Director of the Community Participation and Sports Sector , Mubarak Al Ameri, Executive Director of the Social Licensing and Control Sector at the Department of Community Development – Abu Dhabi, as well as a number of clerics from various places of worship in Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Khamis Al Khaili welcomed the clerics to the palace, emphasizing that they are an essential part of society. He said the visit echoes the spiritual harmony and peace that exists between all facets of society in Abu Dhabi, and exemplifies our wise leadership’s approach to enhancing societal harmony and cohesion. Furthermore, he asserted that non-Muslim places of worship, which have existed for more than several years, are one of the civilized aspects of the city and demonstrate Abu Dhabi’s committed efforts to consolidate the values ​​of brotherhood, compassion and benevolence.

He further emphasized DCD’s commitment to propagating the ideals of coexistence, tolerance, love and brotherhood, and building a tolerant society that radiates the spirit of love, brotherhood, security, stability. and happiness through partnerships with various entities. He also pointed out that tolerance ensures the stability of societies as well as constant progress.

Al Khaili added: “The DCD plays a central role in developing a legal framework that regulates the establishment of places of worship, public utility associations, clubs and sports institutions, as well as the establishment standards for the licensing, inspection and auditing of these places. organisms. It also ensures that these organizations comply with several systems and standards, as well as with various rules in place. DCD promotes communication and maintains strong relationships with all subjects and communities of various religions in Abu Dhabi and strives to integrate them responsibly into society. We see them as an integral part of social development in Abu Dhabi, as well as in the United Arab Emirates.

The delegation of clerics received an introductory tour around Qasr Al Watan during the visit and witnessed the impressive illuminations that represent the ambitions and visions of our wise leadership. They also admired the role of the DCD in promoting the ideals of cohesion and harmony between societies as well as supporting places of worship and their associated communities.

In the emirate of Abu Dhabi, the DCD oversees the licensing of non-Muslim places of worship for other faiths, especially since Abu Dhabi has about 23 such places. St. Joseph’s Church, the first Coptic religious building, was created by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 1965. He also authorized and opened three multi-religious halls for non-Muslims to allow communities to practice their rituals religious in a variety of leisure, cultural and tourist facilities. The DCD aims to build a prosperous society reflecting the values ​​of cohesion, tolerance, etc., as well as to promote the principles of brotherhood as well as religious and cultural diversity in Abu Dhabi.

Norma P. Rex