FESTIVAL CANCELS ABU DHABI EVENT AFTER ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. An employee of the Hay Festival in Abu Dhabi said she was accosted by the tolerance minister of the U.A.E. earlier this year.
October 19, 2020
LONDON — The Hay Festival, an annual staple of Britain’s literary calendar, announced on Monday that an offshoot event to promote freedom of speech and women’s empowerment would no longer be held in Abu Dhabi after one of its employees accused the United Arab Emirates’ minister of tolerance of sexual assault.
In an article published by The Sunday Times of London over the weekend, the employee, Caitlin McNamara, 32, said that the minister, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak al-Nahyan, who is also a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling