Relations between Morocco and the UAE appear to be warming, with some signs that a new relationship might be on the cards following a delegation of UAE officials who recently attended a cultural event in the south of Morocco.
The UAE took part in the 2023 edition of Tan Tan Moussem in southwest Morocco, an annual festival of nomadic peoples of the Sahara that gathers a number of tribes from around the country, Emirates News Agency reported.
The festival includes a range of cultural mediums such as musical performances, popular chanting, games and poetry contests.
A pavilion organized by the Abu Dhabi Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festivals Committee will represent the UAE during the six-day festival.
UAE Ambassador to Morocco Al-Asri Saeed Ahmed Al-Dhaheri told WAM that the pavilion promotes cultural bonds between the two countries.
The ambassador said that UAE-Morocco ties are longstanding, growing, and backed by the countries’ leaderships and their desire to continue boosting cooperation in all fields.
He also noted that the UAE’s ongoing interest in participating in the annual festival stems from its pride in its national identity and the richness of the desert culture which expresses folklore in numerous forms.
In 2020, relations between Moroccan and UAE hit an all time low. On March 16, 2020, Morocco recalled its ambassador from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 11 months after Abu Dhabi withdrew its ambassador from Rabat due, largely, to Rabat refusing to join the Qatar blockade mainly enforced by UAE and Saudi Arabia.