Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre promotes cultural openness at Aqdar World Summit

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Abu Dhabi, Sept. 3(BNA): The Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre has participated in the third edition of Aqdar World Summit in Moscow within its strategy to promote cultural communication and openness towards others.

The summit was held in the Russia capital on August 29 – September 1 under the theme "Global Empowerment of Communities: Experiences and Lessons Learned", UAE news agency WAM reported.

The Centre, at its pavilion, showcased an interactive display screen that offered a virtual reality tour of Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

It also displayed a model of the mosque that allowed visitors to view the abundant aesthetic features of Islamic art and architecture manifested at the mosque.

The pavilion also showcased some of the Center’s publications and images that reflect values of peace, tolerance, and interfaith coexistence.

A workshop titled “The Role of Worship Sites in Enhancing Coexistence and Tolerance, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque as A Global Paradigm of Tolerance” was presented by Dr. Yousef Al Obaidli, Director General of the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre.

During the workshop, he shed light on the culture of the diversity manifested at the mosque through designs and art dating back to different eras in the history of civilization and engineering.

He also touched upon the various programs and initiatives embraced by the mosque to promote its role in spreading the message of tolerance, coexistence, and cross-cultural communication. The very same vision, mission, and dream, the late founding father sought to realize, and thanks to God, has become a blatant tangible reality evident to all at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

According to WAM, the Center’s participation in the summit aimed to highlight the vision and mission of Shaikh Zayed who wanted the mosque to be one of the most prominent bridges of cultural rapprochement and a leading forum advocating tolerance and coexistence between cultures and religions worldwide.