Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, greeted everyone on the occasion of Christmas.
Sheikh Mohammed said on Twitter, “Congratulations to all Christians around the world on the Christmas Day… may God return it to everyone with goodness, peace, health and love…”
In the UAE, millions of people from various faiths and religions visit and spend their holidays, due to its respect, equality and coexistence, which are major characteristics of the country and its citizens and residents.
The UAE is currently witnessing a significant flow of tourists spending Christmas and New Year, as festive environments are present in its hotels, shopping malls and entertainment facilities.
The freedom to celebrate different religious occasions highlights the UAE’s moderation and coexistence, and the country has led the region in drafting legal frameworks, policies and procedures aimed at ensuring the freedom to practise religious rituals for people from all faiths, as well as the construction of temples, churches and other places of worship.
Sheikh Mohammed said, “This summit is an evidence of the wisdom that humanity has reached over many centuries throughout its history. This wisdom says that our interest is in the cooperation, our strength is in the solidarity and that we are all one.”
Mohammed also praised New Zealand’s communities for their solidarity with their Muslim neighbours against the hate crime.
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Al Neyadi said, “In space as on Earth... the day does not start without coffee… ☕️ This is how I started my first morning on board the International Space Station... I am very excited to meet you in direct contact tomorrow. I wish you a good day!”