Moroccan focus at Dubai’s Global Village



Arab News

Published — Wednesday 20 February 2013

Last update 19 February 2013 11:00 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

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.

[email protected]

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

SYDNEY: Amnesty International has demanded that Mustafa Al-Hosawi, a Saudi prisoner at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, be treated for the torture he underwent at the hands of the CIA.The US branch of the organization sent a message to health officials at the...
JEDDAH: The city’s airport staff saved a 20-year-old woman who tried to throw herself from the upper floor to the mezzanine floor in the southern hall. Sources said the suicide attempt was due to family disputes. Administrators said a supervisor in t...
RIYADH: Education Minister Ahmad Al-Issa has ordered to gradually close down private night schools beginning from the current year. The closure of these schools will be complete by 1439H.Al-Issa’s decision is based on reports of a body, which highlig...
RIYADH: A cross-section of Saudi society on Friday denounced the Jazan massacre that shook the nation on Thursday, when a gunman went on the rampage killing seven education officials and injuring several others in Al-Dair governorate.The culprit, ide...
JEDDAH: Maj. Gen. Awad Al-Balawi, head of the Saudi Border Guard, recently confirmed the expansion of the employment program for women within the border security sector. He said that the sector is entering a new phase as women will be employed in a n...
RIYADH: A medical team of the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital (KASCH) at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (National Guard) here have successfully conducted the first liver transplant on a baby boy. Fahad Mari Said Al-Sairdh, father of the...
JEDDAH: The Makkah Investigation and Prosecution Board reintroduced the crane crash incident to the Riyadh Investigation and Prosecution Board recently, adding 10 more employees and supervisors from different government agencies before the courts. Th...
JEDDAH: The teacher who gunned down seven education officials in Al-Dair governorate on Thursday had been showing behavioral problems in recent days, Al-Janob Misfer Al-Subhan, director of King Faisal Secondary School in Dharan, was quoted as saying...
JEDDAH: The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is investigating the Nakheel Mall case, in which a girl was beaten up by a group of Haia members, an official of the commission has said. “The HRC is supposed to guarantee the rights of those harmed, whoever...
AL-AHSA: King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa is currently studying the possibility of admitting female students to specialize in veterinary medicine, the director of the university, Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Saati, confirmed. He said the matter has been p...
JEDDAH: A fingerprinting campaign, titled “Imprint Homeland,” against extremism and terrorism, was launched at the Jeddah corniche on Thursday night. The drive will cover all the 17 regions of Makkah province.The campaign, initiated by the Makkah gov...
RIYADH: The number of unemployed Saudi nationals reached 647,000 by the end of last year, of whom 56 percent, or 363,800, hold bachelor’s degrees or licenses. Female bachelor’s degree and license holders accounted for three-fourths of unemployed Saud...
RIYADH: Four citizens have been arrested in two murder cases, one of which was a road rage. One of the suspects resisted arrest and even opened fire on the police, but no one was injured.According to the Riyadh police, a clinic informed them that it...
MAKKAH: Thirty percent of male middle school students and 23 percent of female students take some form of drugs, a recent scientific study from the National Center for Youth Research confirmed. The study shows drug consumption rates among students in...
RIYADH: Several government departments participating in a campaign to fight breast cancer in the Eastern Province will offer their recommendations to the Ministry of the Interior to include breast cancer checks for women aged 40 and above as part of...

Stay Connected

Facebook