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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

A New Online Hub for The Global CVE Community

posted on 05 Mar 2019 news

The European Union’s Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE) Global program at Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a global ‘think and do tank’ dedicated to powering solutions to extremism and polarization, launch the “Counter Extremism Hub.”

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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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Launch of Abu Dhabi Guidelines on Teaching Interfaith Tolerance Education

24 May 2019 news

In February 2019, The United States and the United Arab Emirates convened The First Regional Conference of the 2018 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Interfaith Tolerance Education to Combat Extremism.

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