UAE – Tolerance 2019

United Arab Emirates

We would like to thank Ambassador Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed for his support and understanding toward how the work of the Diplomatic Choir of Berlin connects with the message of the United Arab Emirates “Year of Tolerance.” 

Please continue reading below for a special message from Ambassador Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed.

The Diplomatic Choir has been living the dialogue between cultures and religions, not only through the multi-faceted repertoire, but by attracting members from more than 25 nations.  

The UAE itself is and has always been home to people of more than 200 nations and adherents of Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. The UAE therefore actively promotes inclusivity with manifold initiatives.

Based on the conviction that for all societies tolerance embodies an inestimable value, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the  UAE, has proclaimed the year 2019 to be “The Year of Tolerance” in the UAE.

The Year of Tolerance is an outcome of the approach adopted by the UAE  since its establishment to be a bridge of communication between the people of the world and their various cultures, in an environment of openness and respect that rejects extremism and promotes peaceful coexistence.


Just as the Year of Tolerance, the Konzert ohne Grenzen by the Diplomatic Choir is a testimony that everything is to be gained when people create an inclusive atmosphere and enhance interaction – no matter what the backgrounds of the individuals are.

The Diplomatic Choir is another impressive testimony that varying backgrounds and convictions can be the foundations for generating positive feelings of satisfaction, hope, optimism, joy and happiness when only there is room for tolerance. For this reason, it is a great honor for us to be partner of the Diplomatic Choir´s. I wish the Choir and its director Barbara Leifer all the best for the time to come and a long continuance of this project. Keep this wonderful spirit up!

Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed

Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates