The founder of Morocco's first contemporary dance group takes a taboo-breaking look at the world of Morocco's wedding dancers. Her work is part of a German festival that aims to cross national boundaries on stage.

A unique website dedicated to the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage's participation at the Assilah Festival showcases a spectrum of its wide programme of arts, culture, heritage and conservation initiatives and projects at the Assilah Art Festival, on the Atlantic coast of the North Eastern tip of Morocco, this July 10-27, 2010

The United Arab Emirates is playing an active role in the events of the next edition of Morocco's Asilah Arts Festival, which will be held July 10-28. The UAE has been chosen as the Festival's guest of honour by the organizers. This is because the Gulf state has been experiencing a massive increase in its distinguished cultural and literary activities, both in the region and the world.

The future of Morocco's counterterrorism strategy may lie in Casablanca, but its past is even more important. Over the past two decades, under the direction of its late king Hassan II and his son, Mohammed VI, the former French and Spanish colony has erected a formidable "soft power" strategy by which to eradicate the intolerant Islamic ideals that have taken root in much of the rest of the region.