Abu Dhabi is celebrating Morocco’s age-old music, theater, fashion, cuisine, and other aspects of the “rich culture and heritage” of the Moroccan kingdom.
Rabat – Abu Dhabi has opened the “Morocco in Abu Dhabi 2019” festival, an event devoted to celebrating the cultural and artistic heritage of Morocco.
The UAE’s capital is hosting the festival for the fourth year in a row as part of its objective of “reinforcing ties between the UAE and the Kingdom of Morocco.”
Under the patronage of King Mohammed VI with the support of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the event opened officially Wednesday, April 17. It will be open to the public beginning Thursday, running until April 30, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
According to a press release, the festival is set to “enhance political, economic, scientific, touristic and cultural relationships, and introduce the country’s communities to the inherent Moroccan culture and heritage as one of the Kingdom’s cornerstones in history and civilisation.”
A journey that “unveils the country’s eclectic traits,” the festival serves as a gateway for visitors to explore “Morocco’s rich heritage in architecture, music, art, and cuisine.”
The festival particularly highlights the significant role of the Moroccan woman as an economic and social “co-leader” and a “unique character of generosity, dedication, intuition, vision and creativity.”
The festival will also focus on Moroccan architecture and craftsmanship, from copper and brass artifacts to carved wood and distinctive ceramic-glazed pottery and brasseward, saddle making, jewellery, embroidery, raffia shoes, cherbil (slippers), tazwaqt (wood engravings), pottery, amlou (a thick brown paste of nuts and argan oil), and henna tattoos.
In a two-day concert at A’l Bahar Abu Dhabi Corniche, the festival will also feature Moroccan pop and music with “traditional, spiritual and tribal Moroccan rhythms under one roof,” including the “Isawa Sufi” genre.
Besides Morocco’s culinary art and haute-couture, the event will offer its spectators the Moroccan theatrical performance of “Bnat Lalla Mennana” (Lalla Mennana’s Daughters) to celebrate feminine heroism.
According to Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni, the chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of the event, the festival “will offer the country’s citizens and residents a unique opportunity to learn about Morocco’s authentic history and culture and to educate future generations on the importance of preserving its heritage.”