Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region at the Art Exhibition as a part of International Frstival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Recognizing the contribution of arts in peacebuilding is something the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta hopes to promote. Thus, the organization has decided to incorporate arts into its annual travel and culture event that seeks to foster international peace.
As part of the 4-day event of the second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta held on November 9-11, 2017, an Art Exhibition was prepared to showcase Morocco’s vibrant cultural arts.
The art exhibition which was housed inside Tangier’s Cultural Center of Ahmed Boukmakh displayed various historical artifacts and contemporary artworks. It was a great venue to appreciate the blend of Morocco’s past heritage and modern art presented by the new generation of local artists. The main hall was filled with paintings, literary works, sculptures, etc., it was a great day to celebrate art and history.
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier – Tetouan – El Hociema region graced the ribbon cutting of the said exhibition. An eye-catching live painting performance by Benjamin Carbonne and Antonio Rodriguez Yuste stirred the crowd in amazement as cocktails and drinks were served after.
Some of the painters/associations who participated in the art exhibition includes: artist-calligrapher Mohamed Qarmad, Afif Bennani, Amina Badraoui Idrissi, Nadia El Mouaque, Afafe Slaoui, Sophia Abi, Hicham Zouine, Hassan Mrani, Chaimae Aboudi, Aicha Arji Lebbar, Mhamdi Alaoui, Nadia Skali, Jacques Samir Stenka, Houdamouaddah, Noufissa Benjelloun, Aouatef Khelloqi, Association Forsaty Assadaka, Association Marocaine Pour La Solidarité Musulmane, Younes Cheikh Ali, Abdelwahab Sibaouaih and Foundation Abdelhadi Tazi.
Creating art is a great way to envision the future, to build bridges that connect the world, develop empathy and nurture intercultural respect and understanding. The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta sees the young generation to be future leaders, thinkers, and doers. Helping them hone their creative minds into understanding world cultures will help them deal better with differences and in resolving conflicts peacefully.
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta and Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region at the Art Exhibition as a part of International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak and Mustapha Oudadess with Benjamin Carbonne (Contemporary Art Painter) and Antonio Rodriguez Yuste (Text-Painting Artist) at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak, Mustapha Oudadess with Mohamed Qarmad, artist, calligrapher at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak with Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marked Grand Opening of International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta with Mustapha Oudadess, Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony marked Grand Opening of International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta honored by the presence of Mustapha Oudadess Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hociema Region at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (festival of Peace and Tolerance) in Tangier, Morocco.
Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta, Welcomed the Guests of Honors and Delegations at the International Festival of Ibn Battuta in Tangier, Morocco (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Welcome Remarks by Mohamed Dekkak during the Opening Ceremony of the Second Edition of International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
Mohamed Dekkak with Tamer Shaltout, Actor/TV Presenter at the Opening Ceremony of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance)
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Tangier, Morocco – A Muslim Traveler from the Middle Ages, Ibn Battuta was honored in his very own native city by local and international travel and culture communities.
Founded in 2015, The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta has successfully organized an international event that aims to promote the inspiring story of the young traveler who journeyed the world for 30 years. The International Festival of Ibn Battuta which took place from November 9 to 12, 2017 has effectively stimulated the cultural and literary value presented by Ibn Battuta himself throughout his travels.
Organized by groups of young local and international volunteers, the 4-day event also highlighted one of the association’s primary objective of promoting the universal values of peace and tolerance realized through the spirit of volunteering. Students, professionals, artists, speakers who believed in the mission set by the founder of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta Aziz Benami and Honorary President Mohamed Dekkak had united and worked together to achieve an engaging event.
The festival’s opening day took place at the Cultural Center of Ahmed Boukmakh. Hosted by Egypt’s famous TV personality Tamer Shaltout, the ceremony was attended by ambassadors, government leaders and business professionals from different industries. Horses, camels, motorbikes, cultural dances, and band music greets visitors on the way to the entrance. Andalusian and African music brought dynamics to the program which also featured a short fashion show.
An art exhibition filled with historical artifacts, paintings and sculptures welcome guests as they enter the main hall. Some of the painters/associations who participated in the art exhibition includes: Afif Bennani, Amina Badraoui Idrissi, Nadia El Mouaque, Afafe Slaoui, Sophia Abi, Hicham Zouine, Hassan Mrani, Chaimae Aboudi, Aicha Arji Lebbar, Mhamdi Alaoui, Nadia Skali, Jacques Samir Stenka, Houdamouaddah, Noufissa Benjelloun, Aouatef Khelloqi, Association Forsaty Assadaka, Association Marocaine Pour La Solidarité Musulmane, Younes Cheikh Ali, Abdelwahab Sibaouaih and Foundation Abdelhadi Tazi.
Open for public, the evening showcased performances from Les fils et filles du Ziryab, Perle bleue, Groupe Youssef Saber and Orchestre Tarab.
The second day is a celebration of African Day for the promotion of Peace. The day’s highlight includes theater play, conferences, street art, and concert.
Mohamed VI Museum held a conference entitled “L’eau et l’homme : paix et coexistence” with invited speakers Jaafar Kanssousi, Khalid Rami, Khalid Rfifi, Tugba Evrim Maden and Jalila El Ofir tackling peace and coexistence between man and water.
Another conference held by the Anouar group discusses “The legacy of Ibn Battouta.” Keynote speakers include Mohamed Ait Laamim, Abdullah Alaoui, Mustapha Lamhaddar, Jaafar Kanssousi, Muhammad Al-Boughali, Mohammed Abdullah Boodai and Michlah Abderrahmane.
Another interesting conference held at the University of New England entitled “Self-discovery through travel” introduced speakers like Ahmed EL Shehawy, Zouheir Houmane, Anthony David, Noufissa Benjeloun, Aouatif Khelloqi and Bouchra Baibanou
The second evening’s concert was graced with performances from MloukGnawa, Sarro,Cisby , Malika la slameuse, Safiath, Groupe INING and Naj.
The third day was filled with conferences featuring topics on: Juan Goytisolo, a Spanish poet who was considered as Spain’s greatest living writer; the values of International Volunteering and its message of peace; role of having cultural dialogue to the world; and the journey between the Arab world and Latin America organized by the “Council for relations between the Arab World, Latin America and the Caribbean (CARLAC)” and an intervention on “Immigration and integration Arabs in Mexico “organized by the Mexican Embassy in Morocco at the University of New England.
The night capped off with two major events: the gala dinner and live concert. King Barra, Samia Tawil, and Abir El Abed thrilled their audience with their music on the stage of Cultural Center of Ahmed Boukmakh. The association also organized a formal gala dinner set at the Hotel Royal Tulip to honor the awardees acknowledged by the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta as “Ambassadors of Peace.”
To close the four-day event of the festival, a carnival parade participated by students, bands and associations marched along the streets of Tangier. Theater play and film shows were also presented for young kids to watch.
The International Festival of Ibn Battuta which started from a simple concept of promoting Tangier and the legacy of Ibn Battuta has produced a positive impact to the host city and captivated the hearts of many to further develop their love and passion to their country and the culture of travel. Local and international volunteers made this engaging festival come to life, certainly, a dream realized.
Spending some quality time with your family during your travels always create fond memories. If work has put your life on hold and has not traveled with your family for a very long time, here are some reasons we would like to share to inspire you and your family to take that long overdue Family Vacation.
- Relax together with your family. We all face a lot of challenges on a daily basis. Your kids have homework and you do house chores and spend long working hours to be able to provide for your family that a much needed time out is a must. Travel sets aside your boring old daily routine even just for a while and allows you to relax and unwind. Do things you do not usually do together with your family. Remember that these vacations should be fun and stress-free.
- Spend quality time together. Travel offers that chance to not just be physically together with your loved ones, but more importantly to have good communication. It’s the best time to talk about life. Engage in some real heart to heart conversation and catch up on things you missed talking about or doing. Vacations can pull your family together and spend quality time.
- Start creating beautiful memories. Moments that will fill you, your partner and your children’s hearts to leave a lasting impression that will always leave a smile once remembered. When you look back to the past while opening an old photo album or a travel video, you can relive those wonderful moments you shared together with your family.
- Experience new things together. When you’re outside traveling to other countries, you will see different things. You get to experience these new things together with your family. Together, you will learn a lot while on the road. Meet new people, culture, adopt good travel habit such as tolerance. These shared experiences will give you an amazing opportunity to create many of your family’s firsts. Take advantage of that chance,
Learn more about the amazing benefits of travel to you and your family and what it can do for the world. Join in the celebration of the second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta happening on November 9 to 12, 2017 in the beautiful city of Tangier in the Kingdom of Morocco.
To know more about the event, visit the official website of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta at http://ibnbattuta.ma/
The Life of travel opens your world in ways you can never learn just by reading books. It lets you see first-hand man’s ways of living in many different ways, from cultures, to dress, to food to language, the scenic landscapes – the beautiful diversity of each travel destination.
We end up caring more for the rest of the world. We’d be probably less likely to support senseless government foreign policies because we have a deeper understanding of the world.
Travel as far as you could and be an ambassador of peace and tolerance. And while in foreign soil, don’t be just a tourist, extend a real effort to learn about other cultures.
We all see different realities. So the journey we take also gives us a chance to reflect on our own life journey. When we have experienced other nation’s culture and people, we start to understand ourselves more. We appreciate our homes even more and get hopeful ideas on what changes we desire for our country.
Consequently, development calls for compromise and this becomes easier if you can empathize. Travel breeds kindness. Learning to connect creates understanding, compassion, and tolerance.
The culture of traveling is definitely not the lone solution for world peace, but if travel can help even just a small part of the world to have an intercultural understanding, it can create a massive, sustaining and positive impact on our planet.
A Travel and Cultural Festival
Know more about the importance of travel to attaining a peaceful world at the upcoming celebration in Tangier, Morocco on November 9 until 12, 2017. The Second Edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta is celebrating this year’s theme, “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace.”
In memory of the legacy of The Great Ibn Battuta, the event will simultaneously carry out many social activities attended by invited guests, sponsors, and international volunteers. To know more about the International Festival of Ibn Battuta, visit the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta’s official website at http://ibnbattuta.ma/
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If you are in your twenties, healthy, fit and would like to learn and become a better person, go on a journey, see the world and travel. Discover how other people go on their day to day life, and learn from people.
Sadly, for many, traveling is not a possibility due to money and time. For the younger ones, travel can be expensive. For those who have financial capacities, travel conflicts with their work and families.
Travel Now or You May Lose the Chance
But if the travel bug bits you, don’t ignore it. This is the moment where mostly the younger generation has this constant desire for adventure. Go on and let the world teach you while you are still young and able. Grab the chance to explore the beauty of our planet and leave your comfort zone.
The benefits and importance of travel are becoming more significant as the world becomes more connected. Therefore, it is vital that we nurture the unity and tolerance amongst the international community.
Your relationship towards mankind and the earth change as years pass by. A 4-year-old kid will most likely not understand completely the story and value of Peru’s Machu Pichu but a young traveler will be amazed at the ancient pyramids of Egypt like a child.
Do not let the borders dictate your cultural views. Accept and understand that there are other communities out there who live a life far different from yours. But just because their culture is different from the norm it doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Be reminded that perceptions of what’s correct can be subjective, with large influences due to history and geography.
If you want to gain more insights regarding the world of travel, celebrate along with the international culture and travel community on November 9 to 12, 2017 at the city of Tangier for the Second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta carrying the theme “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace and Tolerance”.
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When you have tried an array of international cuisines, interact with diverse cultures, have explored the many metro and wilderness, have observed the many differences and similarities, you tend to develop your personality as well. You transform into a better person because travel changes you.
Along with your journey, you grow as a person and adopt some traits very much familiar to many people who have a passion for traveling. Check out some of these common traits:
- You are curious. Moving from one place to other lets you learn many new things and meet new faces. With a lot of information coming in, you can’t help that eventually, you become curious and eager to learn new things.
- You learn to take a risk. Getting out of your comfort zone may have been difficult but in the long run, you manage to take risk. You seek adventure and the unknown.
- You are compassionate. Having experienced the world’s diversity in culture and economic standards, shared stories with strangers, experienced difficulties, and meaningful encounters, we learn to accept our individual differences. We see the world in a bigger perspective.
- You welcome life changes. The only thing that’s constant in this world is change. The sooner we accept and welcome that fact, the easier for us to adapt to the changes life brings.
- You have confidence in yourself. Years of experience on the road help you build higher self-esteem It’s easier to get into a conversation with random strangers, make travel arrangements all by yourself and to overcome unexpected challenges.
- Self Awareness. In line with the above, you also become more aware of your own character because you understand yourself more. Drawing a variety of experience, you start to develop your EQ and use it to your advantage. You acknowledge both your strengths and weaknesses.
- You are observant. A traveler is a keen observer. Our brains take in too much information and have active senses.
- You are grateful. Since traveling has exposed you to some of the world’s rich and less fortunate communities, you become more grateful for what you have been blessed with – enough food and the thought of being able to travel.
- You are independent. You become mature and more responsible that you make things work for you.
Traveling the world makes one realize that it is a big world out there. Know more about the life of past and modern-day travelers on the upcoming second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta happening on November 9-12, 2017 in the city of Tangier in Morocco.
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