From Sikh to Christian, religious leaders gear up for UAE's Year of Tolerance

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The Year of Tolerance will bring good news from a region so often associated with conflict and strife, religious leaders across the UAE have said.

Roman Catholic, Coptic Orthodox, Anglican, Sikh and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints religious groups said it would show the UAE's leadership in the Arab world and underlined that the troubling global rise of intolerance can be confronted.

But they also urged everyone to promote tolerance and said that it was not just an Emirati issue.

Rev Andy Thompson, Anglican chaplain at St Andrew’s Church in Abu Dhabi, said the designation would build bridges and not walls.

“Who would have thought that a Muslim country would be calling the world’s attention back to pluralism. It is a wonderful surprise and unexpected,” said Rev Thompson.

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