UAE’s participation as guest of honour at Moroccan Festival will contribute to promotion of Emirati culture, heritage regionally, globally.

Under the theme ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage and Its Role in the Development and Rapprochement of Peoples,’ the United Arab Emirates (UAE) participates as a guest of honour in the activities of the state-sponsored 10th edition of the Tan-Tan (Moussem) Festival in the Kingdom of Morocco (4-9 / 6 / 2014). This participation comes in recognition of the successful experience of the UAE in the field of cultural activities at all levels, whether local, regional, or international. Through this participation, the UAE seeks to promote dialogue and cultural exchange while celebrating the values of friendship and tolerance.

The participation of the UAE aims at strengthening the feeling of pride in the local heritage. It also seeks to elevate this heritage and promote the efforts that have been made to inscribe the elements of intangible heritage on the UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The UAE has recently succeeded in registering falconry, sadu and taghruda (a poetry form) as part of the world heritage at the UNESCO.

On this occasion Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Adviser for Culture and Heritage in the Court of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Chairman of the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi said: “Certainly, we would like to remind, here, of the authentic and deep-rooted bilateral ties that have existed between the two countries and peoples, and this for decades.”

“The participation of the UAE as a guest of honour at the Festival will definitely strengthen this friendship, and contribute to the promotion of the Emirati culture and heritage regionally and globally. The Emirati participation will also supplement the state’s cultural assets and agendas,” he added.

“The Emirati-Moroccan cultural relations have always been excellent, especially in recent years,” Mazrouei noted.

Morocco has vigorously participated along with 10 Arab and foreign countries in the campaign, led by the UAE, to register falconry as part of world heritage. These efforts culminated in the official inscription of falconry on the UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In June 2010, the UAE had actively participated in the activities of the Asilah Cultural Festival, which crowned the successful and fruitful cooperation between the two countries.

On several occasions, the UAE has hosted a numbers of artists, writers and talents from Morocco, both individuals and groups. Over the years, and from 2007 to 2014, the remarkable participation of Morocco in the various categories of the prestigious Sheikh Zayed Book Award has stood as the best example of the strong cultural exchange between the two countries.

“The UAE will participate effectively and vigorously in the activities of the upcoming edition of the Tan-Tan (Moussem) Festival. Our participation will match the expectations of the organisers who chose the UAE as a guest of honour in recognition of the cultural, literary, and artistic exuberance that the country has been witnessing,” Mazrouei said.

“This occasion, in fact, constitutes a great and unique opportunity to highlight the various aspects of the Emirati creativity. Our participation is expected to be wide-ranging and comprehensive and will cover the various activities, including culture, art, poetry, literature and folklore,” he added.

The participation of the UAE as a guest of honour in the 2014 edition of Tan-Tan will add a qualitative dimension to this significant cultural and heritage event. It is also expected to constitute a unique opportunity to highlight the prestigious artistic and cultural achievements that the UAE has accomplished on the regional and international levels as part of its endeavour to maintain a humane dialogue with the culture of the other.

“What the UAE has been providing to the regional and international cultural scene and its well-known efforts in the field of the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage do amazingly complement its current role in the international community and add to the making of the human civilisation,” said Al Mazrouei.

“Without a doubt, the exceptional harmony between the traditional and modern values that can be observed in the everyday life has transformed the UAE into a role model for the whole world,” he added.