Hussain Sajwani, founder and Chairman of DAMAC Properties

The founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, set this country on an unprecedented path of progress with one simple, yet definitive message – ‘Treat every person as a special soul, irrespective of cast or creed’. He opened the doors of the UAE to dreamers and doers from all corners of the world to come together and give shape to a nation that would go on to become a global symbol of tolerance and prosperity.

While 2018 celebrated the life and principles of the late Sheikh Zayed, in 2019, the UAE will carry his legacy forward by upholding his values of co-existence with the ‘Year of Tolerance’. The UAE has already made its mark on the global community by showcasing its values of co-existence and peace, a nation of nations, where people from over 200 countries work together towards one common goal – a future that is bright for the collective whole. This year will reinforce this message of tolerance, epitomised by various legislative and policy-oriented goals to enhance the role of the UAE.

And, at a time when prejudice seems to dominate headlines, this announcement couldn’t have come at a better time. There is a lot to be learned from the leadership of the UAE and it is imperative that each citizen, resident and visitor of this nation take its message and methodology of tolerance to the world.

After all, our culture of collaboration and tolerance gives us the leading edge as partners to others looking to make a positive difference in the world. Competition has long been the way of the world and it has certainly got us this far. However, the future calls for a more collaborative approach. Individuals, businesses, communities and governments need to work together now to find lasting solutions to pressing world issues.

Trust me I know. While DAMAC has become globally known for the great buildings we’ve built, we’re more proud of our strength in building bridges between people of different ethnicities, cultures, and faiths. Our success story can only have been possible against a background that makes us who we are and truly sets us apart – our all-inclusive definition of ‘us’. While DAMAC is a UAE-born organization, our success is attributed to the ingenuity, innovation and determination of our employees who hail from all parts of the world.

This is the key message that I, along with other delegates from the UAE, will be promoting at Davos 2019. It is now our turn to take this UAE-made universal blueprint to the world and pass it on to future generations.