isnt this nice:
‘Tolerance’ artwork unveiled in capital
By Eman Mohammed, Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor
Published: November 19, 2008, 23:15
Abu Dhabi: “…The sculpture consists of nine pieces, each an individual letter in bronze, which together make up the word ‘Tolerance’. The work has been created by artist Guy Ferrer, one of France’s preeminent contemporary sculptors and painters…
This sculpture is for the people of Abu Dhabi – everybody who lives, works and visits here. It has been gifted to the nation by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi,” said Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun in his speech.
The work shows the commitment of the government of Abu Dhabi, to become a global ideas capital, reflecting the vision of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan….
The sculpture has been installed at the entrance to the Crown Prince’s Diwan on Baynuna and 25th street junction to allow everybody to enjoy it…
The work was first conceived in 2004 by the artist in reaction to a global preoccupation with theological differences. Guy Ferrer told Gulf News that his work carries values of “harmony, peace and love”…
… that reminded me – last week, sheik mohammad of dubai (or sheik mo as ppl here call him) gave a speech at the federal national council (click to see the whole text) where he talked about things like
“…our country’s rapid progress in all fields has enhanced its position at the regional, Arab and international levels and ensured that we have a voice and influence. Our country will continue to spread the message of love, peace and progress…”
the uae is a pretty civil, safe and pleasant place. its nice to be here. when u consider that KSA is next door and iran, iraq and afghanistan are just across the gulf, its really really (that’s 2 “reallys”) remarkable what this ruling family here in the UAE has done with their country in only like 2 decades. there aren’t crazy wars and threats of bombings going on here, but loads offices housing international businesses, and lots of tourists from all over the planet coming here. and there’s practically no crime here.
the emiratiis have a wonderful social structure of great housing, health care and first rate education while maintaining their unique cultural identity (which i, as a foreigner, would like to see more of amidst the modern aesthetics). they’ve taken their resources and made a sustainable, live-able nation in a phenomenally short time.
u so have to respect what they’ve done even if u think its too commercial (i.e. many tourist’s favorite places to visit here are the non-built up ‘hoods where the expat indians live and work cuz it feels less like the west than anywhere else here.). they really should be an example to the rest of the world. how many case studies are there like this? none. has any other nation in recorded history done what they’ve done in the past 20-30 years in a non-war-like manner?
anyhoo, these ruling sheiks seem like nice people. and if the rest of the arab would take lessons from them (minus the allowance of multiple wives), it would be really nice.
ok, and in response to some of my friends who will slam me by emailing me “well they want to get rid of isreal” i know you’ll say that. but, my friends, the UAE’s position on isreal would no doubt be a non-violent, ‘lets talk about it and work it out’ position. what if all arab countries adopted that approach? all might be well in the world.