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Her Highness Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui; Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the U.S.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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11:30 AM Registration
Noon Program
Hotel Crescent Court


Her Highness Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui of Morocco has never followed the path of a “traditional” princess confined by a life of protocol. She has focused her education and career on interfaith dialogue seeking to foster a better understanding of Islam throughout the West.  Whether officially or personally, she’s been a strong advocate for underprivileged, orphaned and abandoned children, artists and intellectuals.

In October 2016, His Majesty Mohammed VI appointed her as Morocco’s ambassador to the United States; she had previously served as ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2016. Upon presenting her credentials to President Trump earlier this year, the ambassador stated, “Morocco will spare no effort to support the actions of the United States for peace, stability and prosperity in these parts of the world.” As an example, the U.S. and Morocco recently launched a new initiative to fight “the growing threat posed by ISIL/Da’esh-inspired homegrown violent extremists.” 

Her visit to Dallas has special significance as it will the Princess’ first official trip outside of Washington or New York.  She is coming at the invitation of Council president Jim Falk who serves as the Kingdom’s honorary Consul to Texas. 

Accompanying the Princess will be two of the Kingdom’s key leaders in industry and higher education: Ms. Amina Benkhadra, general director of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines, and Dr. Driss Ouaouicha, president of Al Akhawayn University. Both will join the Princess at the WACDFW Luncheon which will feature a wide-ranging discussion that will address: Morocco’s strategic partnership with the United States, regional and domestic challenges, education reforms taken recently by Morocco to reduce radicalism that are serving as a model for other countries, and the country’s commitment to solar power.  Morocco is building with assistance from the World Bank what will be the largest single solar plant in the world.  This visit coincides with the of the Dallas Museum of Art’s three-day special event—Islamic Art Festival: The Language of Exchange where she will speak on Islam’s contribution on art and culture. The festival celebrates the DMA’s presentation of the Keir Collection of Islamic Art.  


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Location: Hotel Crescent Court
400 Crescent Ct.
Dallas, TX 75201
Fees: $45 Members; $60 Non-Members
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