3:00 pm — 5:00 pm
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz

Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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We would like to invite you to a conference with political and religious leaders at the European Parliament co-organised by the EJCC and the EPP Working Group Intercultural and Religious Dialogue on:
“Creating a New Narrative of Tolerance: The case of religious diversity in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)”.

Opening remarks and welcome messages:
György Hölvényi MEP and Jan Olbrycht MEP, Co-Chairmen of the WG
Mairead McGuinness MEP, First Vice-president of the European Parliament, Responsible for Article 17 TFE (tbc)
H.E. Muhammed Abushahab, UAE Ambassador to the EU
Rabbi Avi Tawil, Director of European Jewish Community Centre
Antonio López-Istúriz White MEP
Keynote speech:
H.E. Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Hedayah (International Center of Excellence for
Countering Violent Extremism); and Member of the UAE Federal National Council
The state of the Jewish community in the UAE for the past decade.
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Chief Rabbi of the UAE

The state of Christian communities in Gulf countries.
Fr. Michael O’Sullivan, Representative of the Apostolic Vicar: Bishop Paul Hinder OFM, Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, Abu Dhabi

Book presentation: ‘Celebrating Tolerance: Religious Diversity in the United Arab Emirates.’
Reverend Canon Andrew Thompson, Chaplain of St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Abu Dhabi
Mrs. Jean Candiotte, Contributor to the book.
Presentation of the Abrahamic Family House project – Behind the scenes of a Mega project
of inclusion.
Ross Kriel, President of the Jewish Community of the Emirates.


March 3, 2020
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm