Morocco's Throne Day Reception 2016Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
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.