Salem Abdullah Bin Nabhan Al Badwawi, an officer of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA), who shot to prominence following his noble gesture of offering his car to a stranded family at Hatta border recently has been awarded the inaugural International Tolerance Award.
Al Badwawi’s gesture of helping the Syrian family which was stranded at Hatta border during Eid holidays with a broken car, was duly recognised by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who promoted him.
The family was on its way to Oman on the day of Eid Al Fitr, when their car broke down and the family was struggling to get any help due to Eid holidays.
Following on the lead, the International Institute for Tolerance (IIT), has now honoured Al Badwawi for his kind gesture with the institute’s managing director, Dr Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani commending the officer.
We have inherited a culture of tolerance because of the teachings of Islam and through the inspiration of our founding father, Shaikh Zayed.”
– Dr Hamad Al Shaikh Ahmad Al Shaibani | Managing director, IIT
The ceremony was attended by Brigadier General Ahmad Khalfan Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award, and Khalifa Mohammad Al Suwaidi, General Coordinator of the World Tolerance Summit.
Al Badwawi was presented with a token of appreciation for extending genuine assistance to the Syrian family.
Citing the customs officer as an embodiment of an Emirati value of tolerance and kindness, Al Shaibani expressed his pride and high hopes that a touching encounter such as Al Badwawi’s with the Syrian family would spur strong awareness on the advocacy of tolerance, offering the world a glimpse into the peaceful coexistence practised in the UAE.
“We have inherited a culture of tolerance because of the teachings of Islam and through the inspiration of our founding father, Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan,” said Al Shaibani.
He further added that being tolerant does not mean alienating people from other culture and from other religious and political background but responding to them with concern and respect.
Source: Gulf News