On November 9, 2017, the second edition of the highly observed 2nd International Festival Ibn Battuta will open in the city of Tangier to welcome different personalities, delegations, and business entities in the field of travel and tourism from all over the world.
It is a four-day event celebrating the diverse culture in the Kingdom of Morocco. As the organizing body of the festival, the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta (AMARIB) is offering a one of a kind touristic and cultural affair with a banner “Travelers, the Ambassadors of Peace.”
The man behind the celebration, Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta, was a traveler born in the northern Tangier port in Morocco and AMARIB intends to reinforce and promote the Moroccan cultural tradition as the commemoration to this renowned explorer.
The first festival which was held in Tangier from February 24-26, 2017 successfully offered a mix of business agendas, artistic and live performances. AMARIB aspires to upkeep the progress of the impressive “Tangier Metropole” project. Scientific councils and discussions, music parade and musical show, awarding ceremony & tributes, and a closing dinner was part of the previous festival which served as the platform of different bodies which aim to develop the tourism industry and enrich their cultural awareness.
Who is Ibn Battuta?
Ibn Battuta is considered as one of the famous travelers in the world. He completed the Islam’s customary hajj to Mecca in Saudi Arabia and eventually used up the rest of his existence exploring.
In his life, he has traveled from North Africa reaching the Mecca, transiting through Palestine and Greater Syria. He swerved through to Afghanistan; intersected the Himalayas to India, then went to the ands of Maldives and Sri Lanka; and fumbled to the eastern shores of China before finally going back to the Kingdom of Morocco.
He is a fitting model for benevolence through his extraordinary influence, for the most part as one of the forerunners of travel writings. It must be noted that the devotion of the AMARIB to introduce the infamous reputation of Ibn Battuta has imperceptible limits. According to Mohamed Dekkak, Honorary President of the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta, the festival is not only just to celebrate the birth of the great Moroccan traveler but also to bring the present city of Tangier to a great position where there is dynamism in the tourism sector. The festival will boost the attractive characteristics of the city to the foreign companies who are looking for a suitable spot for investments.
While improving the exposure of Tangier to different investors, the festival also introduces the works of Ibn Battuta. The second International Festival of Ibn Battuta, just what the title suggests, is an event that promotes harmony using traveling. The programs include information about various travel writings, famous explorers, emphasizing the astonishing life of Ibn Battuta. The festival also plays the role as the event for exhibiting literary and visual arts, not to mention the number of stimulating community activities which will inspire the travelers from all over the world to bring change and create their name in the field of exploration.