• Colonel Mitch Kennedy and Group Captain Matt Hegarty.

    Colonel Mitch Kennedy and Group Captain Matt Hegarty.

  • Greg Ralph, DFAT, Ambassador of Morocco Mohamed Mael-Anin and Senator Zed Seselja

    Greg Ralph, DFAT, Ambassador of Morocco Mohamed Mael-Anin and Senator Zed Seselja

  • Ambassador of Morocco, Mohamed Mael-Anin and Protocal Office from DFAT Michael Googan

    Ambassador of Morocco, Mohamed Mael-Anin and Protocal Office from DFAT Michael Googan

  • Aya Sadky and her mum Roubna Sadky

    Aya Sadky and her mum Roubna Sadky

  • Nino  Nadjib Riphat, Nicole Tucker and Neeru Johar

    Nino Nadjib Riphat, Nicole Tucker and Neeru Johar

  • Ambassador of Morocco, Mohamed Mael-Anin and his wife Samira.

    Ambassador of Morocco, Mohamed Mael-Anin and his wife Samira.

  • Minister, Embassy of Morocco Azzeddine Nafrak and is daughter Sara Nafrak

    Minister, Embassy of Morocco Azzeddine Nafrak and is daughter Sara Nafrak

  • Hiba Nafrak, Fatima Nafrak and Canelle Henin

    Hiba Nafrak, Fatima Nafrak and Canelle Henin

  • Ambassador for the Czech Republic Martin Pohl, High Commissioner for Papua New Guinea Charles Lepani, High Commissioner for Bangladesh Kazi Imtiaz Hossain and Ambassador for Poland Pawel Milenski

    Ambassador for the Czech Republic Martin Pohl, High Commissioner for Papua New Guinea Charles Lepani, High Commissioner for Bangladesh Kazi Imtiaz Hossain and Ambassador for Poland Pawel Milenski

  • Ivan Slavich and Commissioner for International Engagement Brendan Smyth

    Ivan Slavich and Commissioner for International Engagement Brendan Smyth

  • Mahmoud Alami, Hind Sobhy, baby Zyad El Alami and Zahra Ennebt

    Mahmoud Alami, Hind Sobhy, baby Zyad El Alami and Zahra Ennebt

  • Lucia Lancer, Ivonne Thomson and Soma Kone

    Lucia Lancer, Ivonne Thomson and Soma Kone

  • Wissam Saad, Sheik Bilal Homaysi, Sheik Dr Salim Alwan, Sheik Amr Alshelh, Sheik Abdullajif Nachar

    Wissam Saad, Sheik Bilal Homaysi, Sheik Dr Salim Alwan, Sheik Amr Alshelh, Sheik Abdullajif Nachar

Morocco's Throne Day Reception 2016

1 August 2016

With the large number of diplomatic representatives in Canberra you could spend lots of time doing the rounds, enjoying the hospitality, sampling some exotic cuisines and meeting up with all the other diplomats. They’re a friendly bunch around the local missions and the problems of the world disappear as quickly as you can sip mint tea from Morocco and catch up with the ever charming Ambassador of Morocco Mohamed Mael-Anin while waiting expectantly for the best spread of Moroccan food this side of Tangier. Being rather fond of mint tea, and clutching bunches of mint to my nose at the tannery in Fez expecting the pong to dissipate is a memory of deliciousness and stomach churning obnoxious effluviums, so my mint tea is better served as a mint julep, an entirely different memory altogether.

Ambassador Mohamed Mael-Anin wears his traditional ‘djellaba’ and slips into the best pair of yellow leather ‘baboosh’ while his wife Samira loves to makes us all feel underdressed in her silks and satins with plenty of bling welcoming guests on their magic carpet brought in for the occasion. And on this occasion it was their last Canberra celebration of Throne Day after seven years representing Morocco and we are all a little sadder for that.

They follow traditional formalities for the reception with the stage decorated with the Moroccan King’s imposing picture,  the room at the Hellenic Club draped in the colours of their flag and ladies of the Kingdom sparkling in their best outfits. This year a state of the nation DVD was an insight into the Morocco surging ahead for this century and preparing to host the next Climate Conference in Marrakesch from 7-18 November. Technology has lead to building the world’s biggest solar farm, the biggest wind farm in Africa a new fast express train system and making manufacturing a priority with Citroen in Rabat and working with Chinese and Russian partners.

Then it was time to eat. Indulge in the sweet treats and sip that tea and imagine a night out in a Casablanca Bar with someone tickling the ivories.