Press Release

UAE Launches Manara Center to Promote Regional Co-Existence

Center in Abu Dhabi will focus on promoting education and inclusive acceptance in the region

Established with ADL as flagship partner to develop impactful research, education, and outreach programs

Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 14, 2023 – Today the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced the formation of the Manara Center -- The Regional Center for Coexistence. Based in Abu Dhabi and named after the Arabic word that means source of light, the Manara Center will support core UAE values and initiatives, such as the Year of Tolerance and the Abrahamic Family House.

The Manara Center was established with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as a flagship partner to help implement key educational programming.  Immediate priorities will include forging relationships with universities across the Middle East and Southeast Asia to promote peace and prosperity through coexistence around the world, with specific trainings designed for university students and young learners.

Building on many years of close collaboration between the UAE and ADL, the announcement was attended by and Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director, HE Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Manara Center, and members of an ADL leadership delegation. 

“We are delighted to partner with ADL, one of the world’s best organizations to promote peace, dispel stereotypes, and bring people from all backgrounds together,” said HE Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Manara Center.  “The Manara Center will be based in our region and for the benefit of our region.”

With a founding Board of Directors made up of leading experts from around the world who are focused on this work, the Manara Center will be led by HE Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi, who will serve as Chairman.  Dr. Al Nuaimi is a leading global voice on combating extremism and promoting inclusion.  Jonathan Greenblatt will represent ADL on the Board of Directors.

“ADL brings 100 years of expertise in combating the roots of antisemitism and hate of all forms,” said Greenblatt. “We are honored for ADL to be the key player in providing educational programming for this incredible effort. The Manara Center is a continuation of the progress towards peace and co-existence in the Middle East, building on the historic achievements in the region and we look forward to continuing our work to bring people together in innovative ways in the years to come.”

ADL will work closely with Center staff to build, enhance and deploy comprehensive and tested programs to promote coexistence. Programming will include but not be limited to:

  • Development of educational materials aimed at fostering acceptance
  • Student from Universities across the Middle East and Southeast Asia with exchanges and conferences in the region with associated education institutions
  • People to people engagements focused on university students
  • Research reports with comprehensive data and best practice guides
  • Hosting yearly high-profile final presentation competitions in Abu Dhabi

“This Center will be a model for the region and is a reflection of the values that the UAE and the United States share including a commitment to advancing peace and coexistence, and creating opportunities for the region’s youth,” said Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States. 

Following the launch, the first educational programs will be set to begin in August 2023.

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.