Expo 2020 Dubai: Official celebrations of Morocco’s National Day kick off Sunday

The official celebrations of Morocco’s National Day at the World Expo 2020 Dubai were launched Sunday morning in the presence of a high-level Moroccan delegation led by Aziz Akhannouch, Head of Government.

Located in the heart of the Opportunity District, near the United Arab Emirates’ pavilion and not far from Al Wasl Plaza, central monument of the Expo 2020 Dubai site, the Morocco Pavilion is a platform reflecting the Kingdom’s strategic vision for a more sustainable future and a space offering to visitors a glimpse of the civilizational heritage of a thousand-year-old nation.

The program of this event includes official meetings as well as several activities planned at the Moroccan pavilion, but also in other sites such as “Al Wasl Square”, the beating heart of the expo.

This celebration is an opportunity to highlight Morocco’s assets and attractiveness, its culture rooted in history, as well as its many achievements in the economic, social and scientific fields.

Set up under the theme “Legacies for the Future, from inspiring origins to sustainable progress”, the Moroccan Pavilion offers visitors the chance to discover the Kingdom’s distinctive wealth and traditions, and take a retrospective journey through Morocco’s centuries-old history.

In an address on the occasion, Aziz Akhannouch said Morocco’s participation in Expo Dubai 2020 reflects the Kingdom’s commitment, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, to actively contribute to the enrichment of a serious dialogue at the regional and international levels, in favor of a safer and more prosperous future for all.

“We are living today, exceptional moments marked by a special honor granted to our country…This will allow us to make all the countries of the world discover our centuries-old heritage, our rich history, as well as our tourist, economic, scientific and cultural potential,” he stressed.

Akhannouch, who was received Saturday in Abu Dhabi by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as emissary of King Mohammed VI, reiterated the Kingdom’s gratitude to the United Arab Emirates and to all the Gulf States for their support to the Moroccanness of the Sahara, and noted that this participation also reflects Morocco’s willingness to contribute to efforts meant to address global challenges through its vision on sustainable development.

“Morocco has made its pavilion at the Expo Dubai 2020 a platform to highlight its new investment and export identity, “Morocco Now”, which aims to outline the position of the Kingdom as a leading industrial exporter and an attractive destination for foreign investment”, he added.

“The Moroccan participation in this international event is an opportunity to showcase its strengths, instill a dynamic partnership and consolidate relations between Arab countries as well as South-South cooperation, to achieve the expected prosperity”, he pointed out.

Through the celebration of its National Day, Morocco seeks to highlight the shared and distinguished historical background enjoyed by the two countries, which are bound by strong relations marked by unique dynamics at the political, economic, cultural, and scientific levels, Akhannouch said.

This exhibition’s theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ reflects clearly that the return to the origins and history of nations remains an important source for building the future, said Akhannouch, explaining that, from this point of view, the theme adopted by Morocco highlights its commitment to sustainable progress through its identity, its history, its talents and its potential, as well as its tangible achievements in the economic and scientific fields.

Akhannouch also congratulated the United Arab Emirates for their impressive organization of the “Expo Dubai 2020”, noting that “this success of our brothers is a source of great pride for all of us as Arabs, especially since this event is organized for the first time in a brotherly Arab country, and in particular circumstances that the world is experiencing due to the global health crisis”.

For his part, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies, stressed that Moroccan-Emirati relations are being constantly strengthened and consolidated and are moving with optimism towards a future marked by fruitful cooperation in several areas.

“Morocco and the United Arab Emirates have multiple opportunities to build more partnerships that benefit both countries and the entire Arab region”, he underlined.

He also expressed his country’s thanks and gratitude for the distinguished Moroccan participation in the World Expo “Dubai 2020”, expressing, in this regard, admiration for the design of the Morocco’s pavilion, which combines modernity and originality.

With its unique design, embodying the Kingdom’s ancient traditions, and combining modern technology and cultural heritage, Morocco’s Pavilion has attracted thousands of visitors.

Held under the theme “Connecting Minds, Building the Future”, Expo 2020 Dubai, which was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, stretches over an area of 4.38 km. This universal exhibition intends to be an incubator of the most influential ideas, stimulating the exchange of new visions and giving incentives to find realistic solutions to the real global challenges.

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