Moroccan focus at Dubai’s Global Village



Arab News

Published — Wednesday 20 February 2013

Last update 19 February 2013 11:00 pm

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The Moroccan Pavilion at Global Village in Dubai is one that retains its own characteristics and products quintessential to the country’s geographic location and art. Known for its Islamic architecture and mosaic art, Morocco’s rich history has thrived on reinforcing its own architectural identity expressed in building designs across Fas, Marrakesh, Tanja and many other Moroccan towns and cities. Moroccan art signature has traveled the world and was inseparable from Europe’s renaissance.

Mosaic
Home décor and accessories exhibited at the center of the Moroccan Pavilion sample the country’s artisan and antique heritage of in-house architectural continuation. Colored glass lanterns, wall accessories, tables with small leather cushions made from carved wood designs, mosaic pieces and vases are showcased to remind of Morocco’s fine arts and handicrafts. Some hand-carved wood vases with coral, antique silver and calligraphy works measure as high as two meters to further define the art of the interior as well as the exterior space.

Costumes
All displayed to reinstate harmony, the pavilion showcases the famous Moroccan costumes. The gallba and the caftan come in their variants of color and jacquard-like fabrics. Threads of cotton weaved with silk, the high-end designs fashionably compose what is known as the “royal costume”. It is available in a women’s cut as well as men’s. The traditional look is incomplete without the comfy, genuine leather handmade Moroccan poufs.

Eternal youth
Argan oil is an extract produced from the kernels of the argan tree – known as Argania Spinosa, which only grows in parts of Morocco. Rare and typical to the country, the oil is valued for its nutritive, cosmetic and medicinal properties. Historically, Berbers and Amazigh women have used the oil that contains anti-wrinkles properties for a long lasting youth.
The oil has also been used to prevent hair loss and dandruff. Additionally, the oil is good for the skin and treats dry complexions. The nutritive health values are found in the edible version of argan oil thanks to its almond-like taste. It is regarded as the right match for salads in Morocco. Many vendors at the Moroccan Pavilion sell argan oil.

Deer blood
The red colored powder aker fasi is referred to locally as “deer blood”. Mixed with Vaseline or henna, the powder extract from Moroccan poppy gives natural color and tone to hair, lips and cheekbones. Used with henna, Aker Fasi gives a deeper red tone to the hair and enhances the natural color. It is also a part of the secret ingredients used in Moroccan baths and spas.

Moroccan baths
The success of traditional Moroccan baths and spas heavily depends on the type of soaps and oils used. The international brand Azarou displays a range of handmade soaps using common Moroccan ingredients: argan oil and a special type of clay, which is only found in Morocco. The soap leaves the skin feeling healthier, younger and softer. The soap is available in a range of scents: cinnamon, chamomile, pomegranate, lemon, rose and lavender.

Tea
For green tea lovers, flavored or purely traditional, the pavilion showcases a wide range of green tea. The added flavors can complement the green tea leaves and come ready in packs. Moroccan tea flavors include mint, thyme, Moroccan herbs, saffron, jasmine, chamomile and liquorish. Before buying Moroccan tea, visitors can try some at the coffee shop situated inside the pavilion.

Multicultural
Global Village is an annual tourism destination. It offers a vast selection of multicultural entertainment and retail options. It was launched in 1997, hosting 18 pavillions. In 2005 it found a permanent home at Emirates Road exit 37 in Dubai, where it has expanded to 37 pavilions, providing entertainment to millions of visitors.
This season’s edition of Global Village will continue until March 30.

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