Its new identity aims to highlight its position as an investment and industrial platform

Morocco celebrates its National Day at Expo Dubai

  • Photography: Najeeb Mohamed


The Kingdom of Morocco celebrated its “National Day” at “Expo 2020 Dubai”, yesterday, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom, Aziz Akhannouch, and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the Supreme President and CEO of Emirates Airlines and the group and Chairman of the Committee Supreme Court for "Expo 2020 Dubai".

The celebration, which was held in Al Wasl Square, the Moroccan Pavilion and other places at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, featured cultural performances that embodied the authentic Moroccan heritage.

The celebration also witnessed several performances by the prominent Moroccan pianist, Marwan bin Abdullah, in addition to an aerial show in the sky over the site presented by the Moroccan patrol, the Green March.

Aziz Akhannouch said: "I offer you my sincere thanks and gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to the Moroccan delegation, and I congratulate the sisterly UAE for its tight organization of this event.

Our presence in (Expo) allows us to introduce our ancient heritage and our tourism, cultural and scientific qualifications.”

He added, "Morocco's participation in (Expo 2020 Dubai) expresses the Kingdom's commitment to actively contribute to enriching serious dialogue at the regional and international levels, for a safer and more stable future for all."

Through this participation, Morocco affirms its desire to contribute to the efforts made to confront global challenges, through a vision of sustainable development.

He added, "The Kingdom of Morocco has made its pavilion a platform to announce its new identity for investment and export (Morocco Now), which aims to highlight Morocco's position as an investment and industrial platform in the first place, as a primary destination for foreign investments."

The UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, welcomed Aziz Akhannouch and the accompanying Moroccan delegation, saying: “We have a common history with the Kingdom of Morocco, strong brotherly relations, common frameworks, and an active presence in the Arab and Islamic worlds.

We see in all this a strong basis for building more partnerships and constructive cooperation for the benefit of our two brotherly peoples, and from this standpoint, the UAE continues to work to strengthen its relations with brotherly Morocco in various fields.

He added, "The UAE aims to strengthen its cooperation with Morocco in sectors of common interest, including renewable energy sources, agriculture, industry, mining, tourism, security and others."

After the celebration in Al Wasl Square, the delegation headed to the Morocco pavilion, before heading to the UAE pavilion, where the Moroccan delegation toured the pavilion accompanied by a high-ranking Emirati delegation, during which Aziz Akhannouch got acquainted with the pavilion and signed the VIP visitors' book.

Morocco's pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is the largest of its kind to be built at the level of Moroccan participation in various international exhibitions.

From the inside, the design of the pavilion mimics the alleys of the old city, and includes distinct scenes that allow visitors to see the diversity of the ecosystem in Morocco.

The pavilion looks like a living entity, as its design was inspired by the villages of the Kingdom.

National and Honorary Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are special occasions to celebrate all the more than 200 international participants, highlighting their culture and achievements, through their pavilions and programmes.

The celebration - these patriotic and honorary days - includes a flag-raising ceremony on the Platform of Nations in Al Wasl Square, followed by speeches and cultural performances.

Expo 2020 Dubai will continue until March 31, 2022, and the international event invites visitors from all over the world to participate in creating a new world, in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.

• Morocco's pavilion at the "Dubai Expo" is the largest of its kind at the level of its participation in international exhibitions.

• Morocco's participation in the "Expo" expresses its commitment to enriching dialogue, for a more stable future for all.

• The Kingdom of Morocco made its pavilion at the "Expo" a platform to announce its new identity.