The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta led by 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, Consuls accredited to the Kingdom of Morocco, the members of the Diplomatic Corps, the representatives of the Jewish and Christian religious communities internationally, the champions and sportsmen, the great Travelers, International artists and performers, the entrepreneurs, the civil society members.
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.
Various personalities from around the globe were awarded and declared “Ambassadors of Peace, during the gala night as a part of the festival. The event was completed with the signing of “L’Appel de Tanger”, a petition ratified by a large number of personalities and social actors from diverse backgrounds as means of affirming their love of peace, tolerance, diversity, mutual respect and acceptance and aim Morocco to be the world capital of tolerance.