Guest Speakers at the Opening Ceremony of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta (Festival of Peace and Tolerance – Universal Values)
Celebrating the legacy of the Great Ibn Battuta, the Moroccan Foundation of Ibn Battuta led by Aziz Benami, Association President, and Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President has organized the second edition of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta entitled “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace.”
The 4-day event, which runs from November 9 -11, 2017, was proudly put together by young volunteers from around the world. Students and young professionals were encouraged to participate and take part in organizing the festival that speaks out in favor of peace and tolerance.
The Cultural Center of Ahmed Boukmakh in Tangier welcomed the festival’s opening day. Presented by Egypt’s famous TV celebrity Tamer Shaltout, the ceremony was attended by society leaders, ambassadors, and business experts coming from a variety of industries. The venue was filled with different cultural groups, horses, camels, motorbikes, welcoming visitors on the way to the entrance.
Andalusian and African music brought dynamics to the program which also featured a short fashion show. Reciting the Holy Quran is Sheikh Mechla Abdul Hamid. Some very important personalities who graced the event where Ana Fonseca General Director of International Organization for Migration, Mustapha Oudadess Secretary General of Tangier-Tetouan-El Hociema Region, Yosr Tazi, Chairman of Abdelhadi Tazi Foundation, Samuel Benolol, Member of Israelites Community in Tangier, Leon Parienti, Treasurer of Horyou Foundation, Ana Fonseca General Director of International Organization for Migration, Awad Mohammad Sheikh Mujrin Chairman of Dubai Travelers and Hassan Baraka, the first Moroccan swimmer to have reached 5 continents through sports competitions.
Delivering the opening remarks, Mohamed Dekkak stated the importance of volunteerism for community development and an effective means towards a bigger understanding of the impact of peace and tolerance in intercultural acceptance. Moreover, the objective of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta is to uphold cultural and historical heritage, because it believes that a real cultural exchange builds foreign countries’ understanding of one’s culture.