Tangier City will host the second offering of the International Festival of Ibn Battuta from 9 until 12 of November 2017 with the theme: Travelers, Ambassadors of Peace.
AMARIB or the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta serves as the organizer of the festival to pay tribute to the accomplishments and contribution of the great traveler Ibn Battuta. The association is currently looking for participants, sponsors, volunteers, and partners to make this momentous event successful.
The International Festival of Ibn Battuta: 2nd edition, as what the theme promotes, is an event that stimulates amity by means of traveling. The programs of the festival will be filled with facts about many travel literature, renowned explorers, underlining the amazing days of Ibn Battuta. The festival will serve as the stage for communication and exchange for the different players in the sector of culture and tourism from various parts of the world.
According to Ibn Battuta, traveling will make us speechless because all the discoveries that we are going to experience, and it will turn us into storytellers and educators about the information we have gained from traveling, and this is also what AMARIB wants to achieve with the celebration of the festival. They want to provide the people with an experience that cannot be forgotten and they want to support those who aspire to follow the footsteps of Ibn Battuta.
Furthermore, AMARIB is going to utilize its resources and requests all actors in the field of cultural development and promotion to participate in drawing more dignitaries, guests of honors, and businesses in the industry of tourism and traveling from different parts of the world.
The Honorary President of AMARIB, Mohamed Dekkak, said that the festival is expected to highlight the varied, colorful, and vibrant Moroccan culture. The festival is dynamic and will offer exciting side events promoting peace, cooperation, visual arts and music appreciation, and education while giving importance to the life of great Moroccan traveler. Moreover, the festival will serve as a useful tool to promote and increase the public appeal of the city to bring new opportunities and investments especially in the sector of tourism.
Ibn Battuta or Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta is considerd one of the great travelers in the world history. He was an explorer born in Tangier, and it is the duty of AMARIB to underline and uphold the Moroccan traditional custom as the commemorative act for Ibn Battuta.
He lived his life discovering and educating himself with the different nations and their distinct cultures through exploration. After he completed his pilgrimage to the city of Mecca which is the most sacred city in Islam located in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he ultimately utilized the remaining part of the life for traveling and exploration.
After he had reached the conurbation of Mecca, he traveled to Greater Syria and Palestine. Afterward, he swung over to Afghanistan and crossed the mountain range of Himalaya to reach India. He stumbled upon Sri Lanka and Maldives and then traveling at last to China’s eastern coasts before he returned to his motherland.
Ibn Battuta is deemed as a suitable example for goodwill due to his exceptional contribution and influence to the other current, and up-and-coming explorers who are will make their name in the history.
The festival will bring the works and contributions of Ibn Battuta to the next level with the participation of well-known artists, musicians, and celebrities while promoting Tangier as a viable spot for investments for foreign investors.