All you need to know about the CARLAC participation in Ibn Battuta festival

The participation of CARLAC in Ibn Battuta festival has created a whole new sense of joy and has made it even more interesting. As the event is known for its rich cultural and traditional shows along with mesmerizing versatility for both local and international people, it is of no surprise that many major organizations will be a part of it. Such news always adds up to the popularity of the event. So, to address all the buzz surrounding CARLAC participation in Ibn Battuta festival here is all you need to know about it.

What is CARLAC?

Arab World is known for its colorful culture and rich heritage. A lot of similarities can be seen in this one and the Latin America culture. There are different people who were from the Arab dynasty but are now blended with the Latin Americans and possess mutual interests. To address the economic and cultural relationships between these two, the Council for Arab Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean was designed.

What does CARLAC do?

The council aims to strengthen the relationship between Arabs and Latin Americans. The association is a non-profit one, and its task is to analyze the current situation and affairs, identify the most efficient and prolific means of establishing an appropriate network for addressing the issues and support mutual interest. The support and addressing apply to trade, social development, current affairs, business and investment, education, etc.

The council was introduced to people in 2014. It has different departments that are dealing with various affairs. These include Food, Security, and energy. The fact that they also work on investment promotion, innovation and technology, education and culture, and travel and tourism, makes them a perfect fit to join the Ibn Battuta festival. The travel and tourism manage events and international traveling. It serves to businesses and industries. The Chief Financial Officer is Mohamed Dekkak who is also the founding member of CARLAC.

Why are they participating in the festival?

There are a lot of people asking a question that what is the purpose of CARLAC participation in Ibn Battuta festival. The sources suggest that Mohamed Dekkak is interested in paying tribute to Ibn Battuta Medieval Moroccan traveler. It is the second edition of this international event and one of the best possible ways by which you can revive the traditions of the time. Also, the council plans to secure the tourism sector and preserve the culture and tradition of traveling by paying tribute to such icons in the world of travelers.

The Ibn Battuta Festival

The Moroccan Association is responsible for organizing the Ibn Battuta Festival in order to remember the celebrity and promote the culture and heritage of the country. November is the month to which this event is dedicated in 2017. The mission of the organizers is to inspire the travelers and ask them to explore the globe on their own. The festival reminds the world of how, one of the greatest travelers of all time, spent his life and how modern day travelers can get inspiration from it. Also, it revives the historical and traditional practices of the country.

The key events in festival

As any festival celebration comes with different events and shows within it, there are a number of things that you will see going on in this one too. These include the following.

Art Exhibition

For the travelers, it is said that they are on the hunt of finding something new and unique, something that is different. It is among the primary reason why the art exhibition is held as it brings in the colorful and versatile street art which reflects the journey of a traveler. If you are a travel geek, do not miss a chance to attend this part of the festival. It will show you the exact picture of the history of Ibn Battuta beautifully crafted by skillful artists which are sure to take you back to medieval times.

Carnival of Ibn Battuta

There are several events throughout the world that aims at unifying people from different regions and encourages them to participate in it and share the moments of joy together. This one is no exception, and the carnival of Ibn Battuta allows you to cherish the time along with each other while this part expresses the tradition together with dance, music, stunning costumes and some power packed performances.

Travel movies

There is a part of the festival where you can go and watch different travel movies. Most of them are directed towards the history of Ibn Battuta. The written stuff, at times, may not appear to be as appealing as the shown picture. Thus, for some people, it is exciting and amusing. Once you go through these movies, you will have much more knowledge about the prolific traveler and his journey.

Music shows

Who does not enjoy a good music? Everyone surely loves to listen to it, and if the performance is a reflection of past packed with the modern performers, it will undoubtedly gather more interest. The music is a vital part of this festival as singers from all over the globe are called to entertain individuals that are participating in the event.

Theatrical Plays and Travel Exhibitions

Other vital elements in the Ibn Battuta festival include the dramatic plays and travel exhibitions. These bring more joy to the event. The students from various institutes spend months preparing the plays before finally presenting it in front of an enormous audience. Usually, these too reflect the history and journey of the great traveler.

A glimpse of the event

If you are unaware of the inside of the event, you may wish to know how it will proceed. If you are a traveler and want to join the event, here is how it will be held.

The festival will start on Thursday, 9th of November. It begins with the opening ceremony that contains speech from the Honorary President and the Chief Financial Officer and founder of CARLAC, Mohamed Dekkak. Then, the President Aziz Benami will share a few words with the audience about the festival, Ibn Battuta, and may come up with a few more things. Later, the presentation will be shown to the people attending the ceremony which guides them about the Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta. Once you go through the presentation, you are in to watch a few more slides that provide you the insight about the event and how and when different programs will take place. Afterwards, you get to hear the words of the countries that are present in the ceremony. Before closing, you get to see the awards distribution and the Official opening of the IFIB.

As you are through with the first day, the second day will come up with some serious entertainment. On day 2 of the festival, Friday, November 10, you will have different conferences. Most of them are dedicated to travelers, their journeys, spreading harmony and peace, and such other topics. Then, there are theaters where you will be able to watch plays and movies associated with the event. Also, you will be shown videos that are about the traveler Ibn Battuta.

Lastly, the 3rd day, Saturday, November 11th, is dedicated to the carnival. There, the students from international and local universities and colleges come to participate. They will share some words with the people and may also present the plays that they have prepared. The exciting part is that it is not only the local universities that come up equipped with something for the event. Many international institutes encourage their students to be a part of the festival and come up with something great that is both entertaining and informative for the audience.

Who was Ibn Battuta?

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Abdullah Al Lawati Al Tanji Ibn Battuta, commonly known as Ibn Battuta, is famous for his work as a traveler. He was born in 1304 in Tangier, Morocco. At the early age, he showed great signs of wisdom. According to the communities and travel gurus, Ibn Battuta is arguably the most significant traveler to step on this planet. He lived in an era where it was hard to travel, but he went on to go for the Pilgrimage to Mecca to complete his Islamic duties and spent the rest of his life wandering around.

In his travel time, which expands up to 30 years, he set off to North Africa, Egypt, and Swahili coast. Also, he went towards the Arabian Peninsula through the famous traveling route crossing the Palestine and Greater Syria. Moving a step ahead, he reached the Anatolia. From there, he continued his journey and went to Afghanistan through Persia. He didn’t stop his trip as he reached India, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. From there, before zigzagging back to his homeland of Morocco, he went to visit China. Once he was back, he again set for a voyage to crisscross the Sahara desert.

At this point, you may think of a few other legends in travel world and say, ‘they all traveled far more than Ibn Battuta. So, why is he regarded as the greatest of all time?’ Well, the argument is right, but the fact that he established science and technique behind the art of travel writing made him stand out. As he proceeded his journey, he wrote the observations, took the notes, and prepared the insights and lessons regarding his travel. All the notes and observations were compiled into a book named as Al-Rihla or ‘The Travelers’ on the request of Sultan of Morocco. He handed the responsibility to a young scribe who spent months with Ibn Battuta before coming up with the final copy of the compilation.

Was Ibn Battuta only a traveler?

We all know that the adventures and travel of Ibn Battuta were enough to record him as the legend in the world of travel. But only a few people know that what he did once he reached back Morocco.

On the request of Sultan, Ibn Battuta completed the travelogue and spent around a year in dictating the story to writer appointed by Sultan, Ibn Juzayy. The travelogue, Al-Rihla, also known as A Gift to Those Who Contemplate the Wonders of Cities and the Marvels of Travelling, was the result. It was not too popular at the time it was written, but in the modern era, the book is a standout.

After the completion of the book, we do not see Ibn Battuta in historical books and records. But due to his wisdom and knowledge, he is said to have served as a judge in Morocco. Historians believe that he died around 1368. Apart from that, there is nothing much to write about him. We can say that after spending a considerable time of his life on the road, he was set to stay quiet and remain silent for the rest of his life.

Final Note

In short, we can conclude that CARLAC is an association that encourages peace and harmony among the people of different descent and promotes bonding of people from different cultures. It also helps in preserving the rich traditions and customs and protect them from getting extinct. Ibn Battuta is also a festival that targets the life of the great traveler after which the event is named. Thus, there is no uncertainty about the fact that the festival will come with historical chunks and traditional shows. Also, CARLAC participation in Ibn Battuta festival has a lot to do with the team paying tribute to the legend.

In contrast to CARLAC participation in Ibn Battuta festival, the Chief Financial Officer, Mohamed Dekkak, has been granted the seat as Honorary President of the festival. According to the authorities, he is set to deliver the first speech at the opening ceremony of Ibn Battuta festival second edition which will take place on Thursday, 9th November, 2017. If you want to take part in it, the tickets are available to you online. With the aim of spreading peace, harmony, and wisdom, the festival is set to bring you both entertainment and knowledge.



The Journey of Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta was a Moroccan scholar and traveler. His full name is Abu abd al-Lah Muhammad ibn Abd al-lah I-lawati t-Tangi ibn Batutah. He is famous as one of the greatest traveler. He was born in Tangier, Morocco on 25th February 1304. This city is located 45 miles west side of Mediterranean Sea. The family of Ibn Battuta was well educated. All men were legal scholars. He was raised with the same accent. His family focused greatly on his education. In tangier, there was no school for higher education or learning as well as there was no madrassa there. That’s why Ibn Battuta traveled across different countries and searched best teachers and best libraries. A brief detail of his traveling is given below.

The Travels of Ibn Battuta

Starting of Journey:

            Ibn Battuta traveled to gain learning which was not possible for him in Tangier. So he started his journey in search of best teachers and good libraries. At that time good scholars were present in Cairo, Alexandria and Damascus. Making a pilgrimage to mecca known as Hajj was its utmost desire. Ibn Battuta started his journey alone. He stayed at different Madrasas and Sufi places as he started traveling towards Tunis. The Governor of one city gave him some woolen clothes and gold as charity. He was elected as paid judge known as qadi in those times. Then he moved to Alexandria.

Ibn Battuta Trip of Alexandria:

            He arrived Alexandria and spent three days there. He stayed as a guest of a Sufi named as Burhan al-din. The Sufi recognized ibn Battuta as a great traveler and recommended him to visit three of his fellow Sufis. One was living in China while other two were in India. Ibn Battuta was really happy to get the suggestion from Burhan al-din and he was glad to travel and to meet those three Sufis. Ibn Battuta also stayed in a town near Alexandria. He visited another saint and while sleeping on that men’s roof he saw a dream that a large bird came to him and carried him in the east direction and left him there. So he discussed this dream with the saint. The saint advised him to travel to India as Burhan al-din already suggested him.

The journey to Damascus: 

            In Damascus, he stayed for 24 days in one of three madrassas. World’s famous jurists and theologians belong to Damascus. On a classical book, they taught their students and then after taking the test they issue certificates to those who passed this test. He also took some formal studies here.

Entrance in Mecca:

            In the mid of October in 1326 Ibn Battuta entered Mecca. After one year and four months, he reached Mecca, staying at various places. He stayed in for almost a month. He had good experiences of his life there. He met different people in various Islamic lands. He further started his journey to Baghdad in a camel caravan which was returning from pilgrims. He reached Baghdad and practiced his career there.

In short, in his entire lifespan, he kept traveling. This a short summary of Ibn Battuta travels. He had amazing adventures in his journey and at least 10 times he got married.