The change appeared on phones over the weekend…

Eagle-eyed residents may have spotted a change to their network provider name on Saturday November 14 to ‘Tolerance’. Spotted it too and wondering why? Well, it’s to help celebrate National Festival of Tolerance.

The festival began on Monday, November 9 and will carry on until November 16 – the day that marks International Day for Tolerance – an annual observance day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The change was noticed on Etisalat, du as well as Virgin Mobile.

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The week-long festival presents to the world the legacy of the UAE which was set by the founding father – the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in connection with the Year of Zayed, fifty years ago.

Several interactive programs and activities will take place during the festival showcasing the future of Emirati values and principles envisioned for the next fifty years.

The video above shared on the @UAETolerance official Instagram account shows a montage of videos from the late Sheikh Zayed and his vision to the development of the UAE to what it is today. It includes clips of the Hope Probe and the Mars mission, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Burj Khalifa and more.

More photos, videos and highlights from the festival can be seen on the official Instagram account and Twitter account here.

Details on the National Festival of Tolerance and the schedule of events can be found here.

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