Jun 17 2019
Celebrating national events of various nationalities as part of Year of Tolerance initiatives
(Al Mehrizi: Free international calls to workers, literacy lessons to 2500 Egyptian children)
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has unleashed an array of initiatives to promote the value of tolerance across the community. The effort is in line with the UAE’s designation of 2019 as the Year of Tolerance.
H.E Mattar Al Tayer, Director General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors along with RTA’s CEOs and employees signed the tolerance charter, by which RTA’s leaders and employees are committed to carry out the bonds of peace and positive coexistence stated in the charter. The charter was formed in the shape of Ghaf Tree and RTA’s officials put their signatures on its leaves, expressing their commitment to ensure the charter objectives.
“The initiatives launched by RTA aiming to enhance the tolerance values, are to dedicate this value on which the UAE society is based and received it as a legacy since the foundation of the state by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The initiatives included RTA’s participation in all national days’ celebrations of all nationalities through sending congratulatory messages on virtual messaging signs on Dubai streets and screens within RTA premises.
The initiatives also included communicating with deprived and disadvantaged segments through Thuraya Fund, which boasts of advanced educational tools for reading and writing. Rawafid Centre for Education and Development launched the initiative to reduce illiteracy in the Arab world. RTA used this initiative to target about 2500 children in Egypt over 8 phases. Tolerance is a rich deliverable of the UAE’s humanitarian legacy, which is not restricted to the geographical boundaries of the country but spreads to include sister and friendly countries,” said Rowdah Al Mehrizi, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communication, Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector.
“The array of initiatives included celebrating the International Workers' Day in May, by offering free international calls within labor camps to socialise with their families for one week as well as offering a journey on board Dubai Ferry and providing free meals for taxi drivers from different nationalities throughout the year,” added Al Mehrizi.
“The initiatives included setting up a mural at the Dubai Taxi HQ where employees from 30 nationalities expressed their visions about the importance of tolerance. They also included parking tariff meters with paintings designed by UAE citizens, in coordination with Dubai Media Office to spread joy among street users in Dubai win the spirit of the Year of Tolerance,” she concluded.