The skincare industry is gently shifting to a more natural approach to beauty. An abundance of age-old organic ingredients has been brought to life in forms of new-age packaging, and at its forefront has been the very much sought Argan Oil.
The native Amazigh people of Morocco used this because of its beneficial healing power towards scars and for the relief of rheumatic conditions. At present, many people from around the world consider the enhancing effects of Argan oil and are fast becoming a market trend. (more…)
Mohamed Dekkak travels to Puerto Banús, Marbella
His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, joined by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco and His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, presided on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at the Meshuar square in Tetouan Royal Palace, the allegiance ceremony in commemoration of the 19th anniversary of the king’s enthronement.
The ceremony started with Abdelouafi Laftit, the country’s Interior Minister along with the Walis and Governors of the Kingdom of Morocco’s wilayas, regions and provinces together with the Interior Ministry’s Central Administration’s Walis and Governors pledge allegiance to His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
This was then followed by the delegations which represent the different regions, prefectures, and provinces of the country renewing allegiance to the Sovereign.
The Islamic terminology “Baiaa” means the oath of allegiance to the successors of Prophet Mohammed. It is a hundred-year-old pact that binds the people and the Throne declaring joint commitment where the people vow allegiance to the King, and in return, the King pledges to protect the sovereignty, independence, and the country’s integrity, to defend the rights of the citizens and to see to the progress and development of the kingdom.
The ceremony was carried out in the presence of Saad Eddine El Othmani, Head of government, Speakers of the two houses of parliament, His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s advisors, high commissioners, cabinet members, chairmen of constitutional bodies as well as high-level officers coming from the general staff of the royal armed forces, Director General of the national police, Director General of Intelligence Agency, Director General of the domestic territory surveillance, and other public personalities and military forces.
The audience wore white, throughout the ceremony, and stood in a square waiting for the king to come out. Once the Sovereign goes out to greet them, the people bow towards him five times, chanting slogans such as “God bless the age of my lord.”
On July 30, 2018, the Kingdom of Morocco celebrated the 19th anniversary of His Majesty King Mohammed the VI’s accession to the Throne. The commemoration is a renewed chance to demonstrate the strong connection amongst the people of Morocco and the throne.
Together with HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan as well as HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, HM King Mohammed VI, chaired at the Marchane Palace in Tangier, on Monday, a reception on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the King’s accession to the throne of his glorious ancestors.
During the opening ceremony, His Majesty the King greeted the national colors, during which the national anthem was playing when the 21-gun salute was fired.
Afterward, HM King Mohammed VI was greeted by some Moroccan and foreign personalities, who came to congratulate the King on this festive event. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman, and Founder of the Adgeco Group was offered a chance to personally greet the Morocco King.
The Sovereign was welcomed by government leaders headed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Ombudsman, the Wali of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and the President of the Council of the Region of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, heads of the military, diplomatic corps, ambassadors and foreign dignitaries.
Religious leaders from different religious groups such as the Archbishop of Tangier, the President of the Russian Orthodox Church, President of the Evangelical Church and the Chief Rabbi of Casablanca also extended their well-wishes for the King.
Also spotted attending the event are private and public leaders like the former head of the Spanish Government, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Amin.
The National Day reception symbolizes a time of immense significance in the country’s life to feature the essential gains accomplished in the last years. Plans are presented to achieve more in building a progressive and booming nation, under the ruling of HM King Mohammed VI.
In a speech addressed on Sunday to the nation, King Mohammed VI has called on political parties to encourage young people to take part in the country’s political field. The King encouraged political parties to appeal to new elites and call for young people to engage in political issues.
Furthermore, HM King Mohammed VI’s expressed his joy in what Morocco and his people have accomplished over the last 2 decades. Since his enthronement on 30th of July 1999, following the death of his father, King Hassan II, the country faced huge changes. Due to the sovereign’s substantial initiatives, Morocco has carried out various social and economic projects that benefited millions of people.
Recognized for his social reform movements as well as strategies that enhanced Morocco’s economy, the sovereign carried our various political reforms made particularly on formation of the Instance of equity and resolution in the field of transitional justice, strengthening human rights and the adoption of the new Constitution in 2011 that created a significant advancement in the civic and social life. These changes have allowed the consecration of the importance of citizenship, human rights, and democracy.
Huge developments were achieved towards city planning, from road infrastructures, railways, highways, and airports paving the way for better economic exchanges. Due to attractive investment regulations, various free trade agreements were made with the United States, European Union, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, and Turkey.
With HM King Mohammed VI’s leadership, Morocco became one the world’s most eco-friendly countries with its dedication to producing 52 percent of its electric power from renewable energies like wind, solar, and hydro by the year 2030.
The government’s strategy for the tourism sector called Vision 2020 aims to make the country be on top 20 tourist destination employing increasing the capacity on accommodation to reach 20 million tourists. The strategy is grounded in the fundamental values of quality, authenticity, and diversity. Morocco will offer 6 new attractions, showing the country ’s richness in culture, beach, and nature.
many years of reforms, relevant projects, and accomplishments through the sovereign’s civic and political initiatives, signifying HM King Mohammed’s vow to protect the well-being, happiness, and unity of his people, guiding the country towards progress and prosperity.
Morocco’s most significant national event of the year is an opportunity for the citizens of the Kingdom Morocco to reaffirm loyalty to His Majesty the King, symbol of its unity and guarantor of the best interests of the nation. It presents the strength and the continued allegiance that unites the people of Morocco to the glorious Throne.
Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, Ludovic Pouille, has invited prominent personalities in the U.A.E. to celebrate the National Day of France. The event was held at the luxurious ballroom of Ritz Hotel – Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal on Saturday night, 14th of July 2018.
This important holiday celebration, most especially to the French people was attended by government leaders, heads of various international business councils, businessmen and important personalities from the civil society. Adgeco Group’s Chairman and Founder, Mohamed Dekkak attended the occasion together with Noeleen Saeed, President of the Irish Business Council Abu Dhabi as well as Mr. Bachir Belbachir Haskouri AB Consultant.
The significance of National Day of France
Similar to United States’ Independence Day, the National Day of France, recognized as Bastille Day is France’s national holiday that denotes the attack of the Bastille in the 1700s and is called La Fête Nationale Française.
During the eighteenth century, the country was in serious economic and political crisis, and the French people were disappointed with the administration under King Louis XVI’s rule, which ended up with high taxes and food shortages.
A symbol of cruelty and injustice in Paris, the Bastille which was an old prison and fortress held captured many political rebels. Then on July 14, 1789, a fuming crowd stormed the Bastille and freed the seven prisoners before taking the weapons stowed inside.
The attack was momentous for it proved to revolutionaries that the King had weak control over his armies and destabilized his power. The event spark of what later has been known as the French Revolution and the kingdom was ultimately dethroned.
King Louis and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette were detained and were executed together with other people who supported the royal family.
The Bastille and Eiffel Tower
The people of France celebrated the very first Bastille Day during the first anniversary of the storming, on the same site where the famous Eiffel Tower now stands. The iconic structure opened officially in 1889, precisely a hundred years after the storming of Bastille and was constructed to commemorate the 100th anniversary.
Celebrating Bastille Day
Bastille Day is being observed across France every 14th of July. Citizens are dancing in the streets and waving the country’s flag – a tradition practiced up to this day. A lot of people go to significant public events like parades, performances, and firework displays.
In 1880, a political leader named Benjamin Raspail proposed that July 14 should become a national holiday in France. Since then, the holiday has been held annually to remind today’s generation of the people who fought for freedom and justice in society.
France and U.A.E. Relations
On the occasion of National Day of France, a message of peace and congratulations was extended by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the President of France, Emmanuel Marcon.
The French President was quoted saying about the status of culture in the cooperation relations between France and the UAE. President Marcon told the press during the Paris International Book Fair, that the culture occupies a significant place in the UAE-France relations. This statement was reiterated during his speech at the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi. The French President believes in this high status of culture to build a good future together.
French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue
France and the U.A.E. have created a healthy relationship from the time the Federation in 1971 was established. Inspired by the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed, the country’s Founding father, the U.A.E. has continuously sought to foster the relationship grounded in trust and friendship. This national bond is developed by a privileged strategic partnership, solid economic connections, a close political and defense cooperation, and top initiatives in the fields of education and culture.
On the 8th of November 2017, the strong friendship among the government of France and the United Arab Emirates was reaffirmed on the occasion of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s inauguration. The presence of both government leaders graced this huge event, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Vice-President, Prime minister, Minister of Defense of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai, as well as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
A new cooperation agreement implementing the “French-Emirati Cultural Dialogue” was signed on November 9th, 2017, to be able to develop the range of exchanges and encounters, in France, and in the UAE throughout the whole country.
The excellent relationship between these two countries can very well be manifested and experience among the many cultural and tourist hotspots in the city. Led by the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the most significant artistic project promoted by France abroad and Arab world’s very first universal museum. There is the Emirati university Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi that offers French degrees to students from different nationalities, INSEAD and ESMOD, leading French establishments in the UAE, along with other French schools and universities which have collaborated with esteemed Emirati institutions, particularly in the fields of justice, medicine, and arts.
J Group, a market leader in real estate marketing and advertising, has launched its first and unique stage, “Jaizer” social networking and real estate advertising platform during the Ramadan Souhour function that was held in Palace Hotel Dubai. The event was highlighted by the presence of the respected media personality Mr. George Kordahi.
As. Mr. Kordahi welcomed the guest, Dr. Habib Hammoud, the director of J Group, spoke about the circumstances that led to the establishment of the Group and launching of Jaizer. Mr. Ayham Gebara, the CEO, of J Group, spoke about the importance of the Group, and it’s participation in so many similar activities and seminars during this year through the strategic partner “Business Gate” managed by Ms. Laila Rahhak Elafani. Mr. Gebara then explained the details of Jaizer.
The evening was a mixture of good conversation with the VIP’s and dignitaries including Mr. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mr. George Kordahi, International Host, Journalist and TV Presenter, Dr. Habib Hammoud, the director of J Group, Mr. Ayham Gebara, CEO, of J Group, Mr. Ashraf Gaber, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Review, Ms Laila Rahhak Elafani, Investor and Manager of Business Gate. Mr. Abdulaziz Al Sabhan, CEO of Abdulaziz Al Sabhan Group, Ms. Hala Mourad, Film Director and Editor of Purple Art Production and Media Service, and interested parties from the real estate, marketing, and advertising world.
Muslims enjoy a traditional meal and experience the best of Arabian hospitality during the Holy Month of Ramadan
Ramadan Majlis located in Dubai World Trade Centre is hosting a luscious Suhour presenting a wide variety of a la carte set meals and several choices of shisha, delicately prepared to produce an impressive after-hours dining experience with family and friends.
Billions of Muslims observe, fast and celebrate the Holy of Month of Ramadan, a spiritual discipline in contemplation on his relationship with God, devoting a particular focus to prayer, purification, and charitable acts. It is when Muslims around the world go through a period of daily fasting, the most significant act of religious observance of its kind.
Using fasting, a person demonstrates the highest degree of obedience from sunrise to sunset in one month per year by consciously submitting to abstaining from drinking, eating and having intimate relations. This self-control is an outstanding process for spiritual and moral development.
For the duration of Ramadan, two main meals are prepared. Taken just before sunrise, before the day of fasting starts is suhoor and iftar is a meal served after sundown. A healthy and hearty suhoor meal is recommended to remain in proper nourishment for the rest of the day during the fast. At the day’s end, after sunset, the Maghrib prayer begins, and the day’s fast is broken with iftar. A lot of Muslims consume dates to break their fast before starting the iftar meal. They may continue consuming drinks and food all through the evening until the following day’s suhoor.
One of the best Suhour can be experienced at The Majlis, Dubai World Trade Centre as it’s enjoyed with the premium traditional Arabian dish and hospitality in a luxurious Arabic setting. Corporate guests will be impressed with a magnificent spread of traditional Arabic cuisine before catching up with colleagues as they prepare for the day ahead.
Karim Benkirane, Managing Director of Virgin Mobile in the UAE invited Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group for Suhoor at The Majlis. Mr. Benkirane oversees the launch of the Middle East’s first fully digitized mobile service and is responsible for providing consumers with new telecommunications experience. Virgin Mobile in the UAE is a business unit that’s fully owned by Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (EITC).
The Majlis also offer Iftar buffet daily during Ramadan with dishes concocted by recognized chefs. Guests can discover several of the best local delicacies, delicious treats, and the cup of premium qahwa, all the things one needs for a splendid family feast, which can be enjoyed in a lavish Arabic setting.
Private majlis or gazebo that sits 24 people are also available for a cozier ambiance. They are ready to open for Iftar from 6 in the evening to 8:30 pm and for Suhoor at 9 pm to 3 am. Take rest in the cozy setting and experience the spirit of Ramadan while devoting quality time to your family and friends.
At the end of the Ramadan month, Muslims celebrate the Festival of Fast-Breaking, called Eid al-Fitr.
Mohamed Dekkak at the official opening ceremony of the new Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Abu Dhabi
The inauguration of the new Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Abu Dhabi, Diplomatic Zone was held on Tuesday, 22 May 2018.
The formal opening was graced by the presence of His Excellency Mr. Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco and His Excellency Dr. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Minister of State as an official guest of honors.
His Excellency Mohamed Ait Ouali, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco welcomed official guests and Ambassadors from different embassies, foreign dignitaries, and personalities from the business communities attended this ceremony. Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group and H.E Maya Tissafi Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland Embassy to the UAE and Bahrain, Mr. Chakib Bouyad, CEO of Emirates Consortium, Amine El Hamzaoui Sr. Manager Strategic Project Officer of CEO Masdar, Zouhair Kabbaj Managing Director at Kazo Group, Mohammed Najib S’haki Regional Manager Middle East, Director Regional BMCE Bank, Anouar Zaoudi Marquez De Prado Managing Director/Head of Middle East BBVA, Bachir Belbachir Haskouri AB Consultant and Advisor, Abdelali Namli Journalist at Sky News Arabia, Ibrahim Noukra Officer at Moroccan Embassy, Walid Belbachir Officer at Moroccan Embassy, H.E Mounir Ktitou Minister Plenipotentiary Deputy Head of Mission, Emabassy of the Kingdome of Morocco, Ahmed Ayouche CEO Itawasol, H.E Altonio Alwarez Barthe, Ambassador of Spain, Lamiae Fadili, Airline Account Director Amadeus, Professor Ahmed Ankit, Dean Research and Doctoral Studies Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University and other members of the Moroccan Community & dignitaries were also invited together with other members of Moroccans Abroad Living in UAE.
The new building was designed with rich and beautiful Moroccan flair. The architectural structure and interior were adorned with Morocco’s unique design elements – interesting geometric patterns and bright colored hues. The design is complex Hispano-Moorish elements of Moroccan blended architecture with influence of Islamic and Spanish Cultures.
The Kingdom of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, two Arab countries that share profound and good friendship are spreading out to all sectors of common interests.
Both nations stand side-by-side in their mutual efforts for continued development and in their firm decision to carry out world peace and security in this global village.
The Moroccan community is fast growing in UAE, whereas Emirati investors are growing their presence in the North African nation in various sectors. The political relations amongst the two nations are more than outstanding and are nurtured by common understanding and flourishing trade exchanges.
On 15 May 2018 (Tuesday), Nass Contracting Co WLL – Dubai had marked the significant phase of the project 132/11 kV Rabwah and Greenhills Substations and Associated Works, as the First Concrete Pouring Ceremony onsite, located in Dubai Hill State by J.V. – Emaar Properties PJSC & Meraas Holding
The milestones were celebrated with the number of dignitaries, including Mohamed Dekkak, Chairman and Founder of Adgeco Group, Mohamed Al –Jasim from Nass Corporation, Stuart Smith – Country Manager, Adnane Khezzar – Head of Constructing, ABB, Osama Elmeligy-Project Manager, Gerard Moore – Project Manager, Issa Raddad – General Manager of Adgeco Group, Nass Contracting and ABB’s Representatives. The ceremony was a true success.
During the ceremony, both parties had reaffirmed their total commitment through mutual cooperation & support and to work as one team to ensure the success of the project.
The project is to be completed as scheduled.