Businessmen and wealthy tourists who wish to stay in a luxury hotel in Algiers this October and early November will have to review their plans. For the past few days, all the capital’s luxury hotel establishments have been requisitioned by the authorities in anticipation of the 31st Arab League summit, which will take place in Algiers on November 1 and 2. Sheraton, El Aurassi, El Djazaïr (Ex-Saint George), Sofitel or Marriott, built near the new international airport… All the major hotels are mobilized to welcome heads of state and monarchs, as well as their plethoric delegations. The state residence of Zéralda, on the west coast of Algiers, and its four villas, as well as other residences will also be made available to guests from Algeria.
Exclusive – Morocco: Mohammed VI will attend the Arab summit in Algiers
If the last summit of the Arab League hosted by the country, in March 2005, was held at the Palais des Nations, at the Club des Pins, that of November will take place at the International Conference Center (CIC) Abdelatif Rahal, still in the seaside resort 25 km from Algiers. This imposing complex, baptized named after a diplomatic adviser to President Bouteflika, was built by a Chinese company for a total amount of 688 million dollars.
Shock Task Force
It is in this jewel, which has a 705-seat conference room, that a Task Force composed in particular of executives from the Presidency of the Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the security and intelligence services has taken up residence. for the preparations related to the organization of the summit. “All the teams working on the holding and the success of this summit have done an excellent job, confides one of the members of this unit. The Secretary General of the Arab League did not fail to praise the organizational conditions and the means put in place for this 31st summit. »
The challenge is all the greater as these teams lack expertise and experience in the organization of major international events. Former diplomats, senior executives in the presidency and in other ministries, as well as members of the protocol and security services who had officiated at major international events organized in Algeria over the past two decades have retired, have been dismissed or thanked after the fall of the Bouteflika regime in April 2019. The day after his arrival in El Mouradia, on the heights of Algiers, in December 2019, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune confided that this Palace was an empty shell.
Arab League: Morocco or Algeria, Member States must choose sides
Less than ten days before the start of the summit, several heads of state and monarchs have already confirmed their participation. A great mystery surrounds the arrival of the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, to whom an official invitation was given in Rabat on Tuesday, September 27, by the Algerian Minister of Justice. For the anecdote, the plane of the latter, which had taken off from the military airport of Boufarik, immediately left Rabat after a brief interview with Nasser Bourita, head of Moroccan diplomacy. “The Algerian ministry did not go to the hotel, where a suite had been reserved for it, slips a Moroccan source. He didn’t even stay for a glass of water or a coffee. »
The last arrival of M6 dates back to 2005
Announced September 12 by Young Africathe presence of roi Morocco at the top remains, according to our latest information, collected this Tuesday, October 18, still relevant. Sources in the Gulf today confirmed to the Algerian authorities the arrival of the sovereign, who should be accompanied by his son Moulay Hassan. The last visit of Mohammed VI to Algeria dates back to March 2005, already within the framework of an Arab League summit. In the current context of tensions between the two countries, which no longer have diplomatic relations since August 2021, the presence of the king would obviously be an event.
Algeria – Arab League Summit: when Ramtane Lamamra plays sales reps
“All preparations are complete, and the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, wanted to send personalized letters to each leader, because he wants this meeting to be unifying, indicated for his part, Monday, October 17, the head of the Algerian diplomacy Ramtane Lamamra. The presence of all is essential in order to take the decisions necessary to relaunch cooperation between the Arab countries. »
At the beginning of October, teams of scouts from each participating country stayed in Algiers to carry out visits and scouting at the CIC, in the hotels and places of accommodation provided for the delegations. Other groups are expected soon to study the choice of places of residence and to address various logistical questions.
Morocco-Algeria: cross messages from Mohammed VI and Abdelmadjid Tebboune
The Algerian state provides Heads of State and monarchs with armored vehicles to ensure their travel, as well as close protection services. “Often, Arab leaders come with their own staff: bodyguards, doctors, physiotherapists, or even cooks,” says a former diplomat. All expenses related to the stay of the leaders and part of their delegation are borne by Algeria. The rest of the accompanying staff costs are covered by the participating country. »
In terms of media presence, the Algerian authorities expect a plethora of participation. According to sources in Algiers, some 500 foreign journalists are expected to cover the summit, which will be the most important international political event since President Tebboune took office. On the other hand, the two days of the summit should be a real nightmare for motorists in the capital, already congested by monster traffic jams in the morning. et evening.