The Federal National Council Delegation Visits the 'Morocco in Abu Dhabi' Event

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Published March 14th, 2018 - 11:14 GMT
The visit began as the guests entered through the impressive wooden gates of the venue.
The visit began as the guests entered through the impressive wooden gates of the venue.

A delegation from the Federal National Council, headed by H.E. Marwan bin Ghalita, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, has visited “Morocco in Abu Dhabi 2018”, which is welcomed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and under the patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco, supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held with the recognition of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, to strengthen the historical ties between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Morocco.

H.E. Marwan bin Ghalita, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council, said: “The distinguished relations between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Morocco are exemplified by this event, which conveys fascinating aspects of Moroccan civilization and the remarkable preservation of traditional crafts passed across generations. We are proud that such crafts enrich the Arab-Islamic legacies and the field of global human heritage.”

H.E. also praised the excellent organization and craftsmanship in designing a unique showcase representing Moroccan culture at its best.

The visit began as the guests entered through the impressive wooden gates of the venue, walking across the exquisitely decorated hall, which has been adorned with a two-million-square-foot mosaic glazed floor (zellige), brightly colored walls, elegant marble columns and ceiling glittering with copper chandeliers, while musicians performed a combination of traditional and spiritual rhymes with modern harmonies. 

They then headed to the traditional craftsmanship section that highlighted the genius and talents of Moroccan craftsmanship that shed light on many traditional handicrafts that reflect ancient Arab Islamic heritage.

The guests then moved on to the fashion section where splendid Moroccan costumes of both traditional and modern styles are highlighted at daily fashion shows, demonstrating the style and elegance of Moroccan women. They later enjoyed a variety of live cooking shows with renowned Moroccan chefs preparing exquisite dishes.

The tour concluded at the Moroccan Heritage Museum, which this year is showcasing a wide collection of manuscripts, Islamic coins, oil lamps, Islamic ceramic pots, and a rare statue of King Juba II, along with historical photographs and information on the Mzoura archaeological site.

“Morocco in Abu Dhabi” is open to public until the 19th of March 2018, enriching visitors’ memories and imagination with Morocco’s diverse cultural, artistic and traditional activities and historic collections.

Background Information

Federal National Council

The Federal National Council (FNC) is the legislature of the United Arab Emirates.

The Council has 40 members with advisory tasks rather than legislative power. Twenty members are elected by the 6,689 members of the Electoral College; the other 20 are nominated by their respective emirates.

The Federal National Council was formed under the Provisional Constitution of the United Arab Emirates in 1971 as a permanent component of the country's governing structure, which also includes the Supreme Council, President, Cabinet and Judiciary.

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