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Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, multilateral center.

During the ministerial-level launch of the GCTF in New York in September 2011, the U.A.E offered to serve as the host of the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism. In December 2012, Hedayah was inaugurated with its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. 

Hedayah is devoted to dialogue and communications, capacity building programs, research and analysis to counter violent extremism in all of its forms and manifestations.


Featured News

Papal visit marks UAE as land of tolerance, says Hedayah Executive Director

posted on 30 Jan 2019 news

ABU DHABI | WAM | The forthcoming visit by Pope Francis to the UAE reiterates the country’s vision and that of its leadership, which highlights the importance of co-existence and dialogue between communities and cultures, the Executive Director of the Hedayah Center, Maqsoud Kruse, told the Emirates News Agency, WAM.

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News & Activities

Debating Security Plus Roundtable 2018

05 Aug 2018 Activity

On 26 November 2018, Hedayah, Friends of Europe and TRENDS Research & Advisory convened one-day roundtable in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. The roundtable marked the local launch of the 2018 Debating Security Plus Report (6th Edition).

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Visit of Pope Francis, Grand Imam of Al Azhar reflects UAE’s efforts to establish tolerance worldwide: Nahyan bin Mubarak

29 Jan 2019 news

ABU DHABI | WAM | Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, stated that the historic joint visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and Dr. Ahmed Al Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al Azhar, to the UAE reflects the country’s efforts to establish the values of tolerance around the world, which have made the UAE a model of civilized coexistence.

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