Mohamed Dekkak During the Speech on Ibn Battuta Festival
Mohamed Dekkak During the Speech on Ibn Battuta Festival

Ibn Battuta Association (Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta) has been put up to mainly celebrate and continue the legacy of the great Ibn Battuta by means of cultural events.

Moroccan Muslim scholar and traveler, Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta, has been known for exploring places called Rihla. His voyage went on for 30 years, going through Islamic countries traversing to Northern & Western Africa, South, and East of Europe traveling to the Middle East, the subcontinent of India to Central and Southeast Asia, and China. With vast distance and wealth of experiences, he went back to his country Morocco where he shared his story with Ibn Juzay.

The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta commemorates the birth of the legendary Moroccan explorer every 24th of February by setting up a cultural festival that aims to promote travel, literature, history, and building intercultural relationships.

Who is Ibn Battuta and Ibn Battuta Association

Born in Tangier, Morocco on February 24, 1304, Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Battuta has been known as Shams ad-Din. After pursuing education in Islam law, he decided to travel and left his home when he was 21 y/o. Most of his journeys were land trips and went in a caravan to avoid any attack. He endured wars and shipwrecks, returning only after 24 years.

His exploration started in the Middle East sailing the Red Sea to Mecca and then traveling across the vast Arab Desert to reach Iraq and Iran. In 1330, he traveled again to the Red Sea then to Aden until Tanzania. Two years after, he decided to explore India and was warmly greeted by the Sultan of Delhi and became a judge. He lived in India for eight years before heading to China. In 1352, he traversed the desert Sahara and went to Mali.

Lastly, in 1355, he went home to Tangier after the completion of Rihla. He died in 1368, and his story provided a good picture of the world during the 14th century. Mohamed Dekkak, a Moroccan businessman and Adgeco Group’s Chairman and Founder is Moroccan Association Ibn Battuta’s Honorary President. The objective of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta also known as AMARIB is to fulfill activities devoted to the celebrated personality, giving tribute that he deserves. The organization also seeks to carry out big cultural activities to make Tangier a cultural tourism destination, therefore promoting Ibn Battuta’s story and character. This initiative brings together artists, travelers from countries visited by Ibn Battuta as they honor his journey. The aim eventually supports Morocco’s socio-economic and cultural tourism development.

Mohamed Dekkak with Mustapha qudadess opening ceremony of Ibn battuta Association

Mohamed Dekkak, a Moroccan businessman, Founder, and Chairman of Adgeco Group is also the Honorary President of Ibn Battuta Association (Moroccan Association Ibn Battuta). The objective of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta also known as AMARIB is to fulfill activities devoted to the celebrated personality, giving tribute that he deserves. The organization also seeks to carry out big cultural activities to make Tangier a cultural tourism destination, therefore promoting Ibn Battuta’s story and character. This initiative brings together artists, travelers from countries visited by Ibn Battuta as they honor his journey. The aim eventually supports Morocco’s socio-economic and cultural tourism development.

Ibn Battuta Festival

This 2017, in celebration of Morocco’s cultural heritage, the Ibn Battuta Association (Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta) organizes the International Ibn Battuta Festival taking place in many areas of Tangier on November 9-12, promoting culture and travel. This event, entitled “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace” paved the way seeks to inspire future travelers to go see the world themselves.

Aside from Ibn Battuta, the event will also introduce some of the world-famous travelers in history, such as:

  • Marco Polo – The famous Venetian traveler who traveled for 24 years and introduced Europe to Southern Asia;
  • John Cabot – famous for becoming the first explorer from Europe who made contact with Northern American inhabitants;
  • Christopher Columbus – well known as the Italian explorer who discovered America;
  • Xuanzang – Chinese monk who connected the great Indian and Chinese cultures
  • Ferdinand Magellan – Portugal explorer who led the East Indies expeditions inspired the world’s first total circumnavigation of the globe.
  • Bartolomeu Dias – the first to reach the Southernmost tip, and discovered the Cape of Good Hope;
  • Jacques Cartier – first European who discovered Canada;
  • Herodotus – recognized as the “Father of History” is a Greek historian who traveled to Asia, Greece, Egypt, and Rome.
  • Vasco De Gama – first to arrive at India paved the way for the ‘Spice Route’ when he reached Calicut and made contact with the golden Indian shorelands.

The festival will showcase more literary tributes, art exhibits, conferences, and social-cultural activities with a musical parade to bring great entertainment to locals and visitors of Tangier.

Get to know more about Ibn Battuta at https://ibnbattuta.ma/

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