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His Majesty King Mohammed VI

His Majesty King Mohammed VI
Life story OF His Majesty King MOHAMMED VI

A descendant of the Alaouite dynasty, from Yanboo Al Nakhil of the Arabian coast, His Majesty, King Mohammed VI, is the present King of  Morocco. Descending from the prophet of Islam, Sidna Mohammed, by means of his little girl Lalla Fatima Zohra, the Royal family went to live, in the Sothern Moroccan in Sijilmasa, amidst the thirteenth century. His Majesty King Mohammed VI is the 23rd ruler of the Alaouite Dynasty, the rule of which began amidst the seventeenth century.

His Majesty King Mohammed VI, child of the late King H.M. Hassan II, is conceived on August 21st, 1963, in Rabat, made heir apparent and titled Crown Prince. The enthronement of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed Ibn Al-Hassan Ben Mohammed, King of Morocco, happened on July 30th, 1999. On 12th of July, 2002, the country honored the King’s stunning religious ceremony wedding with Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma in Rabat. On 8th of May 2003, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan was born in Rabat. On 28th of February 2007, Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Khadija was born in Rabat.

King Mohammed VI Education and Training

  • At the age of 4, he started studying at the Koranic School of the Royal Palace.
  • Attended primary and secondary education at Royal College. Graduated on June 1981.
  • Attended higher education, taking up Law at the University Mohammed V of Judicial, economic and Sciences in Rabat.
  • As a student, he received the First Certificate of high studies in political sciences in 1987 and a Second Certificate, in Public Law the following year, both two with honor.
  • His thesis was entitled “The Arabo-African Union and the Kingdom’s strategy in the international relations.”
  • To be able to finish his training and exercise the rules of law and principles at the college, the Late King Hassan II opted to send him to Brussels with the  Commission of the European Economic Communities President Mr. Jacques Delors, in November 1988 and spend a few months. Indeed, even at an early age, Crown Prince was constantly requested that by his dad complete diverse missions at various levels: national, African, Arab, Islamic, and global towards the head of states and friends. His Highness partook, consequently, in numerous international and regional gatherings.
  • On 29th of October 1993, His Highness Crown Prince obtained the title of a Doctor in Law with distinction at the University of Nice-Antipolis in France. The thesis title was: “Cooperation between the European Economic Community and the Arab Maghreb Union”.
  • A Honoris Causa Doctorate from the University of George Washington on 22nd of June 2000.
  • The author of a book and numerous articles on the Euro-Maghreb collaboration.
  • Languages: Arabic, French, Spanish and English.
  • His Majesty the King Mohammed VI follows various sports.

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King Mohammed VI

Duties when he was a Crown Prince

Already exposed to difficult assignments since his early age, His Majesty King Mohammed VI was frequently charged by his dad, with essential missions to Heads of State siblings and companions, and had gone to national, Arab, Islamic, African and worldwide gatherings:

  • At the age of four, he went with his dad amid the official visit to the United States of America, which occurred on 9th and 10th of February 1967.
  • On April sixth, 1974, the first official assignment was given as a representative of King HASSAN II at the religious prayer held at the Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, in the memory of the French President, Georges Pompidou. He likewise spoke to his dad at the burial service of the Emperor of Japan HiroHito 1989.
  • Visiting numerous African nations, from 23rd-30th of July 1980, to hand over private messages of his dad, to these presidents: Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal, ShehuShagari of Nigeria, Félix Houphouet Boigny of Cote d’ivoire, Ahmadou Ahidjo of Cameroun, Ahmed Sékou Touré of Guinia
  • Official visits Saudi Arabia, from eleventh to eighteenth March 1986, and to Japan from the seventh to the 21st March 1987.
  • His Majesty spearheaded the Moroccan delegations to the work of a few global and regional gatherings:
  • On 10th of March 1983, in New Delhi, India, the seventh Summit of non-aligned nations.
  • On 21st of September, 1983, in the Committee for execution of the A.O.U concerning the Sahara in Addis-Abeba
  • On 3rd of October, 1983, the King went to the tenth Franco-African meeting in Vittel
  • On 4th of May fourth, 1994 at the meeting of the advisory group on the event of the Commemoration of the 50th foundation anniversary of the United Nations in Geneva
  • From 21st of June to 27th 1997, at “The Earth Summit”, an uncommon session of the General Assembly of the UN on nature in Brazil.

The King has additionally managed:

  • Ministerial Meeting of GATT during the opening session April twelfth, 1994 at Marrakech
  • The opening of the work of the National Commission for the Commemoration of the 50th commemoration of the UN on January twelfth, 1995.
  • The end session of the meeting on “Relations amongst Morocco and Europe” on 9th of April in 1996 at Paris, France
  • On 10th of December 1996 at the Inauguration of the Macro-American committee office of investments and commerce in New York

The obligations

At the point when Crown Prince, His Majesty King Mohammed VI has been designated by the late King Hassan II.

  • Chairman of the Organizing Committee of 9th Mediterranean Games in Casablanca (18th of March 1982).
  • Commission Chairman charged of the Organization of Pan-Arab Games VI (11th of April 1985).
  • General Military Staff of the Royal Armed Forces as Coordinator of service and offices (November 26th, 1985).

He has likewise been advanced by His Majesty King Hassan II, to the rank of Divisional General on 12th of July 1994.

The Kingdom of Morocco

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Known as “a cool country with a hot sun,” Morocco is a gentle, semitropical environment in the northern and western waterfront regions that is isolated by mountain ranges from a desert atmosphere toward the east and south. The vast majority live west of the mountain chains which shield them from the Sahara Desert. In the harsher south, the populace is meager, gathered in scattered desert springs along the Draa and Souss Rivers.

Africa’s nearest gateway to Europe, Morocco lies about 20 miles away throughout the Strait of Gibraltar. Twice, it was the phase for intrusions of Europe-the Moorish ambush on Spain in the 18th century and the Allied attack on the mainland in World War II. Today, jet aircraft fly over trudging camel trains and ranchers working with executes unaltered since Romans were involved and administered the area. Urban communities offer customary medinas with tight, cobblestone lanes; the area mosques with their particular minarets; and also cutting edge high rises, shopping centers, and tree-lined avenues. Morocco’s enterprising individuals produce not just a portion of the world’s most smart crafted works—from handwoven woolen rugs to lavish metalwork, from leathercraft to trimmed wooden items, from hand-painted pottery to gold and silver adornments—they additionally are vigorously required in escalated farming and gathering fish and other fish from its seaward waters. Morocco’s trees produce olives and stopper. The nation’s biggest export, be that as it may, is phosphates from the world’s biggest known deposit of this resource.

Enthronement as the New Moroccan King

Taking after the passing of His Majesty King Hassan II on 23rd of July 1999, the succession of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the Throne as per Article 20 of the kingdom’s Constitution:

  • The Ceremony of showing the BEIA (Allegiance) to His Majesty King Mohammed Ben Al-Hassan Ben Mohammed, Amir Al Mouminine, occurred on Friday, 23rd of July 1999, in the Royal Palace’s Throne Room in Rabat.
  • The Enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Amir Al Mouminine, occurred on 30th of July 1999. He officially performed the Friday prayer and affirmed His first Speech of the Throne, at the Royal Palace in Rabat. This date turns out to be, on the record, the Feast of the Throne.


Numerous ally nations of Morocco offered their most noteworthy national honors.To His Majesty the King. This include:

Spain, Italy, France, Burkina Faso, Brazil, Belgium, Tunisia, Mauritania, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, honoursQatar, Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Senegal, Cameroon, Argentina, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Mali, Gabon, Niger, Peru, Chile…

His Majesty King Mohamed VI has been presented with numerous award honors by foreign parliamentary foundations, global associations and NGOs, specifically:

  • Trophy of the International Association against Violence in Sport (IAAVS).
  • Sports Magazine African champion awarded gold medals for the years 1988-1989.
  • Awarded Medal of Honor for “Grenada 1999” by some groups of radio stations of the chain “SER”…
  • South-American Football Confederation awarded Medal of high merit.
  • U.S. Establishment Award “Helen Keller” who works in the social field, especially in the battle against visual impairment.
  • Spanish Senate and Congress Medals
  • Spanish city Almunecar presented Abderrahmane first prize, to the people contributing fundamentally to reinforcing the relations between the Arab world and Europe.
  • ISESCO Logo.
  • Abu Bakr Seddik’s High cordon, the organization of red crescent and red cross Arab affiliations’ highest distinction.

King Mohammed VI was conceived on 21st August 1963. He is the eldest son and second offspring of King Hassan II and his significant other Lalla Latifa Hammou. He was made the successor and was titled ‘Crown Prince’ from the day he was conceived.

King Mohammed VI formally given the throne on 23rd July 1999 after the demise of his dad King Hassan II.

A well-educated prince, King Mohammed earned his four-year certification in law in 1985 at the Mohammed V University at Agdal. In 1987, Mohammed got his first Certificate d’étudesSupérieures (CES) in political sciences, and in July 1988 he got a Diplômed’étudesApprofondies (DEA) in public law. In November of 1988, he trained with Jacques Delors, then-President of the European Commission in Brussels. In addition, Mohammed holds a PhD in law with excellent distinction which he obtained on 29 October 1993 from the French University named Nice Sophia Antipolis for his thesis project on “EEC-Maghreb Relations”.

Moreover, Mohammed was delegated as President of the Pan Arab Games on 26th November 1985 and was authorized Royal Moroccan Army’s Colonel Major. He worked as the Coordinator of the Offices and Services of the Royal Armed Forces up until 1994. On twelfth July 1994, he was promoted to the military rank of Major General. He went ahead to come to be the President of the High Council of Culture and Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Moroccan Army around the same time.

The king is conversant in communicating in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.

In 2001, Mohammed eventually married Salma Bennani in 2002. She turned into ‘Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma’ in an amazing religious rite. A first in Morocco’s history, the royal palace made public the photographs of the occasion after the wedding by recognizing the new Moroccan bride. Preceding him the ladies were strictly kept away from the public eye and doesn’t give individuals the chance to get see their photos.

In 2003, the Prince got to be pleased father of the Crown Prince Moulay Hassan as the princess brought forth their first kid. The couple greeted their first little girl Princess Lalla Khadija, in February 2007.

‘His Majesty the King Mohammed the Sixth, Commander of the Faithful, may God gift him Victory’ became the official title of the ruler of Morocco.

King Mohammed VI is great companions with the King Abdullah II of Jordan. The two share a lot of similarities, as both of them lost their fathers around the same time and rose to the throne. They have been seen supporting each other openly a great deal of times.

The king has frequently won honors for his work. He is the beneficiary of foreign distinctions including the Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order in 1980 by Queen Elizabeth II. Individuals from the nation would admire him for the many positive developments of Morocco. It in his administration that ladies were given more power and managing the nation’s destitution by making more occupations. As a component of his imperial obligations, Mohammed invites royals from around the globe to Morocco.

The King has a great number of supporters on Facebook. The ruler has an official Royal page, much the same as other royals, however the distinction is that King Mohammed beats the most prominent British Monarchy with regards to being well known on the social networking site. While the British Monarchy has somewhat more than two million fans, the Moroccan King has more than three million and developing, which is simply enormous considering the way that, about twice the same number of individuals live in the UK as in Morocco.

At the point when King Mohammed acquired the throne, he made heads turn with giving more power to ladies and achieving various changes.

The king puts his education training to right use as other than coming from a royal family he is likewise an exceptional banked and visionary business person.

King Mohammed VI on Social Reforms and Development

On 23 July 1999, Mohammed succeeded his dad as Morocco king, being enthroned in Rabat on 30 July.

Not long after he took the throne, Mohammed VI delivered a speech to his country by means of TV, promising to tackle poor economy and corrupt practices, while making occupations and enhancing Morocco’s human rights record. In February 2004, he instituted another family code, or Mudawana, which allowed ladies more power

Mohammed additionally made the supposed Instance Equitéet Réconciliation (IER), which was tasked with investigating human rights infringement under Hassan II. This move was much awaited by numerous as a means of promoting democracy.

In a discourse conveyed on 9 March 2011, the King said that Moroccan parliament would get “new powers that empower it to release its delegate, authoritative, and administrative mission”. Moreover, the powers of the legal were allowed more prominent freedom from the King, who reported that he was impaneling an advisory group of legitimate researchers to deliver a draft constitution by June 2011. On 1 July, voters endorsed an arrangement of political changes proposed by Mohammed.

The changes comprised of the following:

  • The Berber language is an official state dialect alongside Arabic.
  • The state saves and secures the language Hassānīya and all the linguistic parts of the Moroccan society as a heritage legacy of the nation
  • The Morocco king has now the commitment to delegate the Prime Minister from the party that wins the most seats in the parliamentary races, yet it could be any individual from the triumphant party and not inexorably the party’s head leader. Beforehand, the king could name anyone he needed for this position regardless of the race results. That was normally the situation when no party had a major lead or preference over the other parties, regarding the quantity of seats in the parliament.
  • The King is no more “holy or sacred” however the “trustworthiness of his individual” is “inviolable”
  • High authoritative and political posts (counting ambassadors, CEOs of state-claimed organizations, provincial and local governors), are presently designated by the prime minister and the ministerial committee which is headed by the king; before the latter solely held this power.
  • The PM is the head of government and president of the council of government; he can break up the parliament.
  • The PM will manage the Council of Government, which readies the general law of the state. Beforehand the king held this position.
  • The Moroccan parliament has the control of giving absolution. Beforehand this was only held by the king
  • The system of judiciary is separated from the administrative and executive department, the king ensures this independence.
  • Women are ensured “city and social” equality with men. Beforehand, just “political equality” was ensured, however the 1996 Constitution concedes all natives equity as far as rights before the law
  • The King holds complete control over the military, foreign policy and the judiciary, power for picking and releasing prime ministers and he holds control of matters relating to religion.
  • All residents have the freedom of thought, opinion, masterful expression and creation. Beforehand just free discourse and the opportunity of circulation and affiliation were guaranteed. However, condemning or specifically restricting the ruler is still culpable with jail.

Morocco’s royal family is a descendant from the Alaouite dynasty. They have been governing Morocco’s kingdom since the seventeenth century. Members of the royal family are:

  • (The King of Morocco) HM King Muhammed VI
  • (The King’s wife) HRH Princess Lalla Salma
  • (The King’s son and heir) HRH Crown Prince Moulay Hassan
  • (The King’s daughter) HRH Princess Lalla Khadija
  • (The King’s mother) HH Princess Lalla Latifa
  • (The King’s first sister) HRH Princess Lalla Meryem
  • (The King’s second sister) HRH Princess Lalla Asma
  • (The King’s third sister) HRH Princess Lalla Hasna
  • (The King’s brother) HRH Prince Moulay Rachid
  • (The King’s sister-in-law) HH Princess Lalla Oum Kalthum
  • (The King’s aunt) HRH Princess Lalla Lamia
  • (The King’s cousin) HH Prince Moulay Hicham
  • (The King’s cousin) HH Princess Lalla Zineb
  • (The King’s cousin) HH Prince Moulay Ismaïl
  • (The King’s aunt) HRH Princess Lalla Malika
  • (The King’s maternal first cousin and paternal second cousin) Sharifa Lalla Joumala Alaoui
  • (The King’s maternal first cousin and paternal second cousin) Sharif Moulay Abdallah Alaoui
  • (The King’s maternal first cousin and paternal second cousin) Sharif Moulay Youssef Alaoui

The royal dynasty of Alawi has ruled over Morocco since the seventeenth century. In the mid-twentieth century, the European forces competed for control over Morocco. Sultan Abd al-Aziz IV disappointed Moroccans by collaborating with the Europeans and was removed in 1908. His sibling, Abd al-Hafiz, took the throne yet surrendered after the kingdom turned into a French protectorate in 1912. He was succeeded by his sibling Yusuf.

Yusuf’s child Mohammed V, who got to be sultan in 1927, was a regarded patriot. In 1953 he was dismissed by the French. However, the French returned Mohammed V to his throne in 1955. Morocco got to its freedom the next year, and Mohammed took the title as s King.

King Mohammed V passed away in 1961 and was succeeded by his child, King Hassan II. Hassan II was blamed for human rights violence. He is credited with keeping up solidarity in Morocco and progressing in the direction of peace in the Middle East. He survived numerous endeavors to topple him from his throne and allowed some vote based changes.

King  Hassan passed away in 1999 and his child, King Mohammed VI took place. Like his dad, King Mohammed had verging on complete control over Morocco’s legislature. After rallies in 2011, the ruler proposed another constitution confining his forces. Voters acknowledged his arrangement, however pundits said the progressions did not go sufficiently far and that the ruler still held the greater part of his power.

The king and his significant other, Princess Lalla Salma, wedded in 2002. Their child, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, was conceived in 2003, next to a girl, Princess Lalla Khadija, in 2007

National Honours

  • Grand Master of the Order of Fidelity
  • Grand Master of the Order of Muhammad
  • Grand Master of the Order of the Independence
  • Grand Master of the Order of the Throne
  • Grand Master of the Order of OuissamAlaouite
  • Grand Master of the Order of Military Merit

Mohammed VI has received numerous honors and decorations from various countries, some of which are listed below.

Foreign orders

  • Spain: Collar of the Order of Civil Merit (2 June 1979)
  • Tunisia: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Republic (August 1987)
  • Italy: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (18 March 1997) with Collar (11 April 2000)
  • Jordan: Collar of the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali  (March 2000)
  • Mauritania: Grand Cordon of the Order of National Merit (April 2000)
  • Mali: Grand Cordon of the National Order of Mali (14 June 2000)
  • Spain: Collar of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (16 September 2000)
  • Syria: Wissam of the Order of Oumayid (9 April 2001)
  • Lebanon Special Class: Wissam of the Order of Merit (13 June 2001)
  • Cordon of the Order of Abu BakarSiddiq of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (29 June 2001)
  • Bahrain: Grand Collar of the Order of al-Khalifa (28 July 2001)
  • Kuwait: Collar of the Order of Mubarak the Great (22 October 2002)
  • Qatar: Cordon of the Order of the Independence (25 October 2002)
  • Egypt: Grand Cordon of the Order of the Nile (28 October 2002)
  • Pakistan: Grand Cross of the Order of Pakistan First Class (Nishan-e-Pakistan) of (19 July 2003)
  • Cameroon: Grand Cross of the Order of Valour (17 June 2004)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of the Equatorial Star of Gabon (21 June 2004)
  • Grand Cross of the National Order of the Niger of the Niger (24 June 2004)
  • BelgiumGrand Cordon of the Order of Leopold I (5 October 2004)
  • Brazil: Collar of the Order of the Southern Cross of (26 November 2004)
  • Peru: Medal of Honour of the Congress (1 December 2004)
  • Chile: Collar of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins (3 December 2004)
  • Grand Collar of the Order of the Liberator General San Martin of Argentina (7 December 2004)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III of Spain (23 June 1986) with Collar (14 January 2005)
  • Mexico: Grand Collar of the Order of the Aztec Eagle (11 February 2005)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Burkinabé of Burkina Faso (1 March 2005)
  • Japan Supreme Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum (28 November 2005)
  • Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of the Gambia (20 February 2006)
  • Republic of Congo: Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Congo (22 February 2006)
  • Congo-Kinshasa: Grand Cross of the Order of the National Heroes of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (28 February 2006)
  • Commander Grand Cross with Chain of the Order of the Three Stars of Latvia (14 May 2007)
  • Collar of the Order of Abdulaziz Al Saud (18 May 2007)
  • Grand Collar of the Order of Independence of Equatorial Guinea (17 April 2009)
  • Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (1980)

On 22 June 2000, Mohammed received the honorary doctorate from George Washington University.

Key Achievements of King Mohammed VI

The Moroccan King has been praised across his country and throughout the world for Morocco’s development. Here are some improvements King Mohammed has been known for:

Morocco’s Family Code Reform: In 2004, King Mohammed championed the reason for the change of Morocco’s family code, the Moudawana, which is effectively a standout amongst the most dynamic laws on ladies and family rights in the Arab world today. In addition to other things, the Moudawana allows ladies joint obligation of the family with their spouses, and also rise to equal rights in marriage and access to the property upon separation. The code supports the participation of women in legislative issues and society. As of today, 17% of Morocco’s parliamentary seats are being held by women, and up from only 1% 15 years prior.

National Initiative for Human Development: In 2005, King Mohammed set up the National Initiative for Human Development (INDH) to mitigate poverty, defenselessness and social rejection in the nation. The system utilizes a top-down way to extend medicinal support services, social reintegration, work training and different assistance to Moroccans in urban and rustic groups living in severe poverty.

Diplomacy: King Mohammed has extended Morocco’s ties in Africa and the Middle East and has fortified Morocco’s longstanding tie with the US. Today, Morocco has participation agreements with nations throughout Africa progressing financial improvement, security, and religious balance. The King additionally extend financial aid and supports a project that trains Imams from Tunisia, Mali, Libya,  Gabon, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, the Maldives and Nigeria on battling religious extremists.

2011Constitutional Reform: King Mohammed suggested changes in the constitution which included revisions to whittle down his political power, transfer energy to the areas, fortify of the power of the nation’s parliament, and lastly combine vote based system in Morocco In 2011, The Constitution was embraced by a national referendum.

 King Mohammed VI Appeals for Greater Transparency in Humanitarian Act

(May 23-24) in Istanbul during a recent speech by King Mohammed VI addressed to the people, he called on the compassionate world summiteers to embrace a proactive way to help deal with humanitarian efforts which should be passed on with “greater transparency” and “unquestionable responsibility.”

This global event is occurring at a vital stage wherein the quantity of refugees and persons displaced on the planet is getting high, also “a great number of individuals escaping the scourge of war, the threats brought about by calamities and the unfavorable effects of environmental change or shocking financial conditions in their nations”, said the Moroccan Sovereign in a message delivered to the Istanbul world humanitarian summit.

To handle the anguish and tragedies coming about because of such circumstances, “consideration today should be given to measures that are feasible, utilizing a sound approach and embracing proactive, the forward-looking proposition that can advance humanitarian activity, without misuse for political purposes”, included King Mohammed VI.

The Moroccan King stressed, “Since the time that my succession to the throne of the Kingdom of Morocco, I have eagerly tried to make humanitarian work one of the mainstays of the Kingdom’s foreign strategy.”

“I am especially glad that Morocco has made important contributions to lightening the effects of philanthropic emergencies wherever they happened, particularly in the nations of the South,” he included.

“At whatever point the need emerged, Morocco was one of the first nations to extend charitable help to those influenced by armed conflicts or natural calamities, giving nourishment, meds and tents, furthermore sending transportable healing facilities, similar to the case in Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,Palestine, Tunisia and the to reduce the agony of our Syrian and Libyan siblings and sisters,” recalled King Mohammed VI.

Adding to these field operations, Morocco has been included in intercession and has looked to encourage dialogue and collaboration, notwithstanding taking part effectively in various UN peacekeeping operations, he remembered.

King Mohammed VI likewise referred to the presentation organized on the sidelines of the summit, demonstrating Morocco’s commitment to philanthropic work and missions did by Moroccan military contingents.

In any case, the Kingdom’s commitments in the area of philanthropy are not constrained to emergency help. Truth be told, “Our activity around there is a piece of a more extensive methodology whereby we try to lighten the affliction of defenseless groups through sustainable development for practical improvement, especially in sub-Saharan African nations,” said the Sovereign.

When attempting to manage evacuee emergencies around the globe, “we ought to keep away from the danger of displaced people being abused or denied their most fundamental rights, including the privilege to be counted and registered”, included the Monarch. He focused on that “this is a crucial methodology stipulated by international humanitarian law to guarantee global protection for displaced people, survey their necessities and discover the civilian nature of the camps facilitating them.”

The sovereign centered on the need to ensure evacuees – and nobody else – advantage from compassionate assistance and to guarantee that the help extended is not occupied or utilized for purposes that are harming to helpful activity.

This speech has shown His Majesty’s stand with regards to the present global situation, hence, King Mohammed VI call for greater efficiency and straightforwardness in the area of humanitarian pursuit, together with true accountability and particular checking and assessment components.


Aziz Akhannouch

Aziz Akhannouch
Trailing on the background of Minister Aziz Akhannouch

Born on January 1, 1961, Aziz Akhannouch is a public official, a business person and a man of Moroccan Amazigh Affairs. He was raised in a Berber household from Aguerd Oudad, Douar Tafraout. He is well known as the current chaired Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing of Morocco and member of the Benkiran e-Government.

He finished his primary and secondary education in the city of Casablanca. After graduation, he fled to Canada to fulfill his higher education and attain his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Sherbrooke in 1986.

Before he became the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing, he was a member of the Political Party National Rally of Independents. He left the Party on January 2, 2012, and on August 23, 2013, he is appointed by King Mohammed VI (Le Roi Mohammed 6) as interim Minister of Finance.

Aside from his ministerial function, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch also held several executive and associative duties. He works as a member of the Office of The General Confederation of Moroccan Companies (CGEM), as well as an Administrator of BMCE-Bank and Administrator of the Academia Foundation. He was also an Officer of Bank Al Maghrib and supervised the Moroccan Petroleum Grouping (GPM). In 1999, he was part of the group called commonly known as G14 or think tank of the late H.M King Hassan II.

At the associative platform, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch is a member of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and Administrator Member of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the detainees’ rehabilitation. He is also President of the Association of Concert for Tolerance.

Aziz Akhannouch: From being a Moroccan expatriate to an esteemed business person in Morocco

After staying outside Morocco to finish his studies and being part of the Moroccan diaspora for almost five years, Aziz returned to his homeland in mid-1990’s to undertake the management of his family business which was founded by his father in collaboration with the affluent businessmen Ahmed Haj Wakrim father Ali and Jamal Wakrim in 1959.

He became the Chief Executive Officer of Akwa group and from then on the company concentrated on the areas of energy and therefore pave the way to the commencement of a real expansion in innovative businesses.

Aziz Akhannouch: Establishment of Akwa Group

Akwa Group S.A. is a Moroccan conglomerate focusing on energy and oil and gas sector. The company is formerly known as Groupe Afriquia, and it is based in the city of Casablanca. The business is primarily engaged in oil and gas industry but also stretched out to telecommunications, tourism, hospitality and real estate sectors. All of its services were branded with Afriquia.

The company was established as Afriquia SMDC (Societe Morocain de Distribution de Carburants) in 1959 and later on became a subsidiary of Akwa Group S.A. Following this, another major subsidiary in the name of Maghreb Oxygene was incorporated in 1974. The corporate structure was reorganized in 1990s by creation of Groupe Afriquia. Its subsidiaries Afriquia Gaz and Maghreb Oxygene were publicly listed in 1999. Groupe Afriquia changed its name to Akwa Group in 2002.

Aziz Akhannouch: as the Head of Akwa Group

In 1996, he took advantage of the opportunities in the IT sector as a scheme to provide new stimulus to the company by buying houses of Morocco, Characters , editor of La Vie Eco , Morocco’s women , or Nissaa Min Al Maghrib.


Variation endures in 1999 where the group capitalizes in telecommunications entering the capital Meditelecom, operator of the square, and becoming its first distributor.

On the same year,its companies  Afriquia Gas and Maghreb Oxygene were introduced on the stock exchange.


Currently, the group has expanded  up to sixty companies and owning more than twenty leading brands namely Afriquia, Afriquia Qualix, Afriquia Mega, Oasis Café and Mini Brahim in the distribution of fuels, lubricants and services, Afriquia Gas and Gas Tissir in the supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in wholesale and bundled, speedy for quick maintenance of passenger cars, Maghreb Oxygene in the production of industrial and medical gases, Morocco Women of La Vie Eco, Morocco’s houses, Nissaa Min Al Maghrib and Nejma, key titles in the booth press sector, EHO and Aloha for telephony.

The group grew from 3 billion in 1995 to 22 billion dirhams in revenue in 2010, Aziz Akhannouch has brought the company into a new drive and to a prosperous group and national champion for hydrocarbons and one of the important private groups of Morocco.


Aziz Akhannouch: under the Moroccan Parliament


From year 2003 to 2009, Aziz Akhannouch, held the position of Chairman of the Souss-Massa-Draa region.


It was also during this time frame, particularly in 2007, Aziz Akhannouch became one of the Ministers of the Kingdom of Morocco particularly as the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing.

He is distinguished in January 3, 2012 by King Mohamed VI as Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing for the second consecutive time.

Furthermore on his distinction in the Moroccan politics and ministerial portfolio, on  August 23, 2013,  he was chosen by the Head of Benkirane Government as the Minister of Economy and Finance taking the place of  Nizar Baraka, who left the Benkirane government and then  assigned by the King Mohammed 6 to regulate the economic, social and environmental development of Morocco.
Moroccan Politics and Forbes World Billionaires

According to Forbes, two people of Moroccan citizenship have made to its annual billionaires list and one of them is Aziz Akhannouch.

In 2014 with a fortune estimated at $ 1.4 billion, Forbes ranked Azziz Akhennouch Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries, as third on the list of Moroccan billionaires.

The current Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries got the 1,367 spot in the global billionaires’ list.

Akhannouch is the major owner of a multibillion- dollar Moroccan corporation, Akwa Groupe  with securities in petroleum, gas and chemicals through its publicly-traded affiliates Arequipa Gas and Maghreb Oxygene.

Akwa Group was establsihed by Akhannouch’s father, who later made a partnership with Ahmed Wakrim. According to Forbes, while Akhannouch serves as Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, he has been overseeing day-to-day management of the group through Ahmed Wakrim’s son, Ali Wakrim.

The owner of BMCE bank remains the richest man in Morocco. Even though the 83-year old tycoon is $3 million “lesser” than 2015, his net worth of $1.9 billion has landed him at top 959 on Forbes’ list, making him the richest Moroccan man for the third year in row.

BMCE Bank is one of Morocco’s largest banks. It is branches in 30 African countries, including Senegal, Kenya and Congo.

Through his company FinanceCom, the richest man in Morocco has also ventured into assurance and telecom in Morocco. According to Forbes, he is the majority shareholder of the RMA Watanya insurance company, and is also a shareholder in Meditelecom, Morocco’s second largest mobile phone operator.

Overall, Bill Gates topped the list of the world’s richest billionaires for the 17th time in row while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had the best year of all billionaires. The 31-year-old increased his wealth by $11.2 billion and moved up to the sixth place from 16 last year.

Morocco and China: Intensifying the presence of Moroccan overseas

In the presence of China President, Xi Jinping and Le Roi Mohammed 6 of Morocco, AQSIQ Minister Mr. Zhi Shuping inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Mr. Aziz Akhannouch with regards to the safety import and export of food between AQSIQ and Morocco Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries at the Great Hall of the People on May 11, 2016.

The President of People’s Republic of China is accompanied by the State Councillor Yang Jiechi, Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission Xu Shaoshi, Commerce minister Gao Hucheng, Chinese presidents personal secretary Ding Xuexiang, Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Zhang Ming and Chinese ambassador to Morocco Sun Shuzhong.

Le Roi du Maroc (King of Morocco) and Chinese President then studied a military impartiality of the three armies in land, sea, and air. Approximately a hundred students from the Chinese capital greeted in unison “Welcome to China!” while raising up flowers as well as Chinese and Moroccan flags in the air.

The two heads of state then watched a military parade performed by the three armies, which closed the welcome ceremony.

The Moroccan King is escorted during the visit by a large delegation, which includes his advisers namely Taieb Fassi Fihri, Fouad Ali El Himma and Yassir Znagui; Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics.

It is noted that the presence of other public figures in the Moroccan Parliament in the delegation includes the Minister of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy; Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Tourism, Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Culture, Mohamed Amine Sbihi, Minister Delegate in charge of the Administration of National Defense, Abdelatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, Minister Delegate in charge of Environment, Hakima El Haite and Moroccos ambassador to China Jaafar Alj Hakim.

China and Morocco are commonly significant trade partners. In recent years, the bilateral economic and trade collaboration have been developing unceasingly and the bilateral trade in general has been steady. In 2015, the bilateral exchange volume reached 3.43 billion US dollars. To benefit the strong development of China-Morocco bilateral relations, for many years AQSIQ has been endlessly reinforcing the partnership in the area of examination and confinement with Morocco. Particularly in the context of China-Africa plan, the cooperation in the field of examination and quarantine between China and Morocco has evolved more intense and more wide-ranging, and many achievements have been made.

Regarding the MOU, China and Morocco will build an import and export food safety tool to fortify important information, technology and communication and cooperation management and mutually uplift food safety and security capacity and, in line with the qualification for safety,  and facilitate more the China-Morocco trade development. The said agreement may also have positive effects on the Moroccan Immigration to China.

Moroccan Parliament drops by to UAE investment project in Meknes

As a former Moroccan living abroad, Aziz, Ackhannouch, current Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries is very driven to strengthen the presence and relationship of Morocco to other countries and its investments.

Along with Aziz is Mustapha El Khalfi, Minister of Communication and spokesperson of the government of the Kingdom of Morocco. They have inspected the Dahra Olive Farm, one of the UAE’s investment projects in Morocco owned by Al Dahra Holding, sited the city of Meknes.

Upon their arrival at Al Dahra, the Ministers were welcomed by the Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA), Rashid Mohammed Khalfan Al Shariqi;  Khalifa Al Ali, Executive Director of Industry Strategy and Performance Sector at the ADFCA, and Khadim Abdulla Al Darei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Dahra Holding, LLC.

Following a tour around the project area of 550 hectares, Mr. Akhannouch much-admired the distinguishing affairs between the two countries and their community, and the UAE’s investments in Morocco. According to him, there are numerous contracts in effect between the two countries under the direction of their leaderships, clarifying that there is guidance at the maximum level in his country to provide all conveniences to UAE investments in Morocco, which are routed in the interests of both sides.

Mr. Al Shariqi uttered his delight to witness the UAE, under its sensible leadership, has turned words into action, telling that Dahra Farm is a good concrete example of that, which states the magnitude of the UAE’s exceptional investments in Morocco and the Moroccan citizenship and the creation of enormous and fruitful projects that inspire Emirati business people and investors to put more efforts to increase their presence, investments and projects in Morocco.
Spain and Moroccan Parliament hold together for a vigorous Moroccan Citizenship and Agricultural development

The elected minister of King Mohammed6 for Morocco’s Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch and Spain’s minister of for Agriculture, Isabel Garcia Tejerina underscored the vitality of support and commercial affairs between Morocco and Spain in the sector of agriculture.

According to the Spanish minister during the 11th Moroccan International Agriculture Fair (SIAM) held in Meknes, these expanded cooperation and relationship involves the areas of animal and plant well-being, water management and allocation of technology.

Morocco and Spain are interconnected by very solid cooperation relations in the fields of agriculture, food and fisheries according to Tejerina, underlining the role the Spanish businesses could play in these areas provided by their experience in the development of the Moroccan agriculture.

A very noteworthy event in the Moroccan politics, Agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch was awarded with the Spanish grand Cross of agriculture, fisheries and food merit, which was bestowed by his Spanish colleague in Meknes.

For the benefit of Moroccan overseas: Morocco, Gabon, Cte d’Ivoire agreed to create strong cooperation Model

Morocco, Cte d’Ivoire and Gabon are resolute to develop a partnership model in several fields, according to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch in Meknes.

Regarding the plan, the cooperation will tackle important areas such as health security, the transfer of agricultural expertise and technical skills, investment in agriculture, agricultural study, soil fertility and agricultural training. Aziz Akhannouch also informed the press regarding the same objectives of his talks with Ivorian and Gabonese Agriculture Ministers, Coulibaly Mamadou Sangafowa and Mathieu Mboumba Nziengui respectively.

In this regard, it was recollected that Morocco’s cooperation with these two African countries in agriculture and fisheries has developed significantly in recent years. The Moroccan Parliament has carefully monitoring the significance and advantages of building strong relations with the said countries

Aziz Akhannouch explained on the sidelines of the inauguration of the 11th International Exhibition of Agriculture in Morocco that there are several cooperation arrangements in this field between the two countries, however, given the role that Africa and African cooperation today shall take place in the world, it has become critical to confirm the beginning of this cooperation.

Germany Acknowledges Excellent Cooperation with Morocco In Agriculture

The German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, commended its relationship with Moroccan Parliament in agriculture. The two countries have sturdy cooperation relations in agriculture and have accomplished over the years to shape them on the basis of a win-win partnership at the annual dinner of Berlin’s International Green Week

Berlin’s International Green Week is the world’s biggest consumer fair for the food, agricultural, and horticultural industries. The German Minister received on this occasion the delegation from Morocco which was the first non-European partner country to ever participate in the fair.  This is a big event which reinforces the strong relationship between Moroccan citizenship and German citizenship in different areas of cooperation.

Morocco’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Aziz Akkhannouch, stated that Morocco is very open for a long-term partnership with Germany, given that cooperation with Germany in agriculture have seen many improvements in recent years and achieved very encouraging results.
Furthermore, HRH Princess Lalla Meryem will lead the Moroccan delegation to the 81st edition of Berlin’s International Green Week (IGW), which shows the importance given by Moroccan politics to this event and to its ties with Germany. Producers from all over the world come to IGW to try market food and luxury items and promote their brand image. Following consumer trends, regional sourcing plays an increasingly vital part. Renewable resources, organic agricultural, rural development and gardening continue to take their space at International Green Week.


King Mohammed VI with Morocco’s Agriculture Minsiter, lands in Moscow

King Mohammed VI flew to Moscow for an official visit to the Russian Federation.

Upon his arrival at the Vnukovo International Airport, the King was greeted by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov. It was a very important event that the King of Morocco is representing the Moroccan citizenship in Russia.

After greeting the national colors to the sound of the national anthems of the two countries, the Sovereign appraised a military detachment of the three armies, reserved for distinguished guests of the Russian Federation.

Afterwards, The King was received by Valery Vorobiev, Russian ambassador in Rabat, and the heads of Arab and African diplomatic missions recognized in Moscow.

The Sovereign was then received by the staff of the Moroccan embassy and councils of the Moroccan diaspora in Russia before the military detachment of the three armies marched in front of the King.

After a transitory break at the VIP lounge of the Vnukovo International Airport, the royal parade went to the place of residence of the Sovereign.

Along with King Mohammed VI, a large delegation from Morocco which includes Taieb Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, the King’s Advisors, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, El Mostafa Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms, Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Aziz Akhannouch , Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Rabah, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics and Abdelkader Amara, Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment.

The official delegation also includes other personalities from Moroccan politics such as the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment in charge of Environment, Hakima El Haite, Director General of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, Abderrafie Zouiten, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the Administration of National Defense, Abdelatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Ambassador in Moscow, Abdelkader Lachheb, and President of the National Museum Foundation, Mehdi Qotbi.


Roi Mohammed 6 signed five agreements during inauguration of new development model for southern provinces including the agriculture sector

Here follows the five agreements signed in Laayoune, under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI, escorted by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid during the launch of the new development model for the southern provinces.

The first agreement, regarding the State’s financial obligation for the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, was signed by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid, ministers of interior and economy, and President of the Laayoune-Sakia Al Hamra region’s council Hamdi Ould Errachid. The second contract, on State’s financial commitment covering Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, was signed by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid and president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region’s council Ynja Khattat.

The third agreement regarding the State’s financial commitment for the Guelmim-Oued Noun region, was inked by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid, and president of the the Guelmim-Oued Noun region’s council Abderrahim Ben Bouaida.


The fourth agreement, related to the program-contract with the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region, was inked by Mohamed Hassad and Mohamed Boussaid, housing minister Nabil Benabdellah, agriculture minister Aziz akhannouch, national education minister Rachid Benmokhtar, higher education minister Lahcen Daoudi, equipment minister Aziz Rebbah, industry, trade, investment and digital economy minister Moulay Hafid Elalamy, health minister El Houssain Louardi, tourism minister Lahcen Haddad, culture minister Mohamed Amine Sbihi, handicraft minister Fatima Merrouane, employment minister Abdesalam Seddiki, minister delegate for foreign trade Mohamed Abbou and minister delegate for water Charafat Yadri Afilal. This agreement was also signed by high commissioner for waters, forests and fight against desertification Abdelaadim El Hafi, wali of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region Yahdih Bouchaab, president of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region’s council Hamdi Ould Errachid, OCP managing director Mustapha Terrab, ONEE director general Ali Fassi Fihri, OFPPT director general Larbi Bencheikh, ONDA head Zouhair Mohamed El Oufir and director of the Moroccan agency for solar energy Mustapha Bakkoury.


The fifth agreement which is related to the project of Agadir-Laayoune highway and the enlargement of the Laayoune-Dakhla section on national road n1. It was signed by Mohamed Hassad, Mohamed Boussaid, Aziz Rebbah, Wali of the Souss-Massa region Zineb El Adaoui, Wali of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region Mohamed Benribak, wali of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region Yahdih Bouchaab, wali of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region Lamine Benomar, president of the Souss-Massa region’s council Brahim Hafidi, president of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region’s council Abderrahim Ben Bouaida, president of the Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region’s council Hamdi Ould Errachid and president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region’s council Ynja Khattat.


King Mohammed VI and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi signs of agreements and MoUs

His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, perceived the signing of 21 agreements and memoranda of understanding between the UAE and the Kingdom of Morocco, at the Royal Palace, in Casablanca.

The signing of these agreements underlines the growing, well-known fraternal connections between the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the Moroccan Parliament.

These agreements and MoUs contained different areas of mutual cooperation including Islamic affairs, energy, and infrastructure, security, politics, education, sports, culture, customs, health, communications, and tourism.

At the end of the ceremony, King Mohammed introduced the Order of the Mohammedi of first class to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed in acknowledgement of his contributions and efforts to support the UAE-Moroccan ties and his eagerness to solidify them in the service of common interests of the UAE and Moroccan citizenship.

H.H. said the signing of these agreements establishes a qualitative addition and a new motivating dynamism that will further fortify the links between the two countries and their leaderships.

He stated that the agreements validated the advanced level of improvement in these affairs and even further development to come.

Sheikh Mohamed emphasized the importance of improving these momentous ties on the ground through execution of joint projects in economic, industrial, cultural, and humanitarian grounds and other joint agendas that realize the desires of the two countries’ people and combine rounded partnership.

Present during the signing ceremony were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region, Prince Moulay Rachid, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister.

On the other hand, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, and his Moroccan colleague Mohamed Hassad signed a security support covenant.

An MoU to form a multidisciplinary nursing and education center was inked by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Mohamed Hassad.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Salaheddine Mezouar, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, inked an MoU between the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and the Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies. The two ministers also sealed another MoU to set up a joint committee on consular cooperation.


An MoU on agricultural confinement, plant safety and trade in agricultural products was signed by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch. Another MoU was signed related to the field of veterinary health and safety of animal and sea products and another one on agricultural investment and livestock.

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Boussaid inked an agreement that covers the mutual technical and administrative assistance in customs matters.

A background agreement for cooperation in the field of renewable energy was established by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Masdar, and the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment, Abdelkader Amara. According to the agreement, Masdar will study, recognize and assess marketable investment opportunities in renewable energy in Morocco. On the other hand, the Moroccan Parliament will present a list of prospective sites for development of renewable energy projects.

A deal between the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines and the UAE’s Mubadala Petroleum for the investigation and evaluation of oil reserves in the Western Mediterranean region was signed by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, and CEO of Energy Sector at Mubadala Development Co., and Amina Belkhadra, Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines. Under the agreement, Mubadala will also provide training services to its partner.

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber and Ali Fassi Fihri, Director General of the National Authority of Water and Electricity closed a cooperative agreement on the employment of projects to provide solar energy to homes in the regions not included to the electricity grid. Masdar will install solar power systems in 17,670 homes across 940 villages.

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy and “Masdar” will partner in order to develop renewable energy solutions, particularly solar power. It was inked by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of Masdar, and Mustapha Bakkoury, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy.

An MoU regarding higher education and scientific research was formed by Saeed Al Hassani, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executive Training.

Khoula Al Mualla, Assistant Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education, and Rachid Benmokhtar, Minister of Education and Vocational Training, has done an MoU on joint cooperation in the field of education.

With regards the development of youth and sports, The two countries represented by  Ibrahim Abdulmalik, Secretary-General of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, Ibrahim Abdulmalik Mohand Laenser, Minister of Urban Development and Planning have signed an agreement.

Mohamed Mattar Al Kaabi, Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, and the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq. Signed an MoU on Islamic Cooperation while An MoU on tourism and real estate cooperation was signed by the Deputy President of UAE’s Al Qudra Holding,Khalifa Al Khouri, and Morocco’s Minister of Interior, Mohamed Hassad, together with Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance, Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Tourism, and Abdelouafi Laftite, the Wali of the Rabat region.

The UAE and Morocco will also join its forces to battle the Ebola virus in West Africa under an MoU signed the  Director-General of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD), and Moroccan Minister of Health.

The Managing Director of Eagle Hills, Mohamed Al Abbar, and Director of the Agency for the development of the Bouregreg valley, Lamghari Sqal, signed an pact for the development of Rabat project.

The signing of the MoU on the development of the Tangier port was undertaken by Mohamed Al Abbar, Managing Director of Eagle Hills, and Mohamed Ouanya, CEO of the Agency for the development of Tangier-City port.

Mr Ahmed Abdulkrim Julfar, CEO of Etisalat, and Abdeslam Ahizoun, CEO of Maroc Telecom also agreed for the acquisition all the shares held by the UAE Etisalat by Maroc Telcom in African companies. It was engaged by Present also at the signing ceremony were several ministers and senior officials from both countries.

Morocco receives recognition for great improvement in promoting food security

Chile, China and Moroccan Parliament awarded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for their outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an accomplishment that paved the way for them to be included to the rising group of countries to have achieved international targets before the deadline set which is end-of-2015.

During the ceremony held at FAO headquarters, the Organization’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, awarded diplomas to China and Morocco for obtaining the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG-1). Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries. Aziz Akhannouch , Chile’s Minister of Agriculture Carlos Furche, and China’s Vice Minister of Agriculture, Chen Xiaohua were the representatives who received the award. Chile, which had already gotten its MDG-1 target, received the diploma for achieving the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS) target.

The MDG-1 hunger target involves countries to split the quantity of hungry people in the populace before the end of 2015 against to the level in 1990. The more go-getting WFS goal needs countries to at least halve the number of hungry people in the population before the end of 2015

One year ago, FAO recognized the first 38 countries that had reached the MDG target, three years in advance of the 2015 deadline. Eighteen of them had also met the World Food Summit target. Now the organization is encouraging the nations we come together to distinguish three more countries for their efforts.

It was noted that the general global objective remains the full abolition of hunger and malnutrition as today, in a world of abundant food, more than 840 million people are still undernourished. Guaranteeing food security and aiding people overcome great poverty are the first steps to form the comprehensive future, in which nobody is left behind.

The WFS goal was set in 1996, when 180 nations met in Rome to discuss ways to end hunger. The MDG 1 target was established by the international community at the UN General Assembly in 2000.

Transforming commitment into effective action

Forty countries have now achieved the MDG -1 while of these, 19 have achieved the WFS target. Such achievements, the FAO chief said, show how “the political commitment of governments is being transformed into effective action and concrete results in the fight against hunger.”

He pointed out “strong regional commitments that support and stimulate national efforts to end hunger” including the 2025 Latin America and Caribbean Hunger-Free Initiative, moves by the African Union to endorse a zero hunger target for 2025 and the Asia-Pacific’s embracing of the UN Zero Hunger Challenge.

“These are efforts that are supported by non-state actors and by the international community. They show that food security can be a reality in our lifetime,” Graziano da Silva said.

During the ceremony, the FAO chief also commended 16 countries for having maintained their hunger rates below 5 percent dating back to at least 1990: Argentina, Barbados, Dominica, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt , Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.

Awards are based on statistics produced by FAO using data provided by member countries and other international agencies.

In an effort to seek renewed global commitment to ending hunger and in particular ensuring that people around the world have access to healthier diets, FAO and the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) will co-organize a high-level, global intergovernmental meeting, the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which is scheduled to take place in Rome on 19-21 November 2014.

French and Moroccan Parliaments attempt to salvage agricultural agreement

French agriculture minister Stéphane Le Foll meet his counterpart in Moroccan citizenship, Aziz Akhannouch in Rabat. The two will try to find a way to revive the agricultural excahnge liberalization agreement between Morocco and the European Union which was cancelled in December by a decision of the European Union Court of Justice (EUCJ,). The court’s decsion has created confusion in numerous Franco-Moroccan agricultural contracts.

Stéphane Le Foll and Aziz Akhannouch will also deliberate the COP22 environmental summit, which will take place in Morocco in 2016, following up on the COP21 conference in Paris in late 2015. Le Foll will also stopover several agro-ecological sites, including one in Khemisset managed by French company Biolandes and its local head Philippe Marchadour. A business meeting is planned to be held in Casablanca for agricultural and food processing companies.

Morocco’s 2020 Vision and Plans for the Tourism Industry

tourism in morocco
Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism has embraced a thorough procedure for building up Morocco’s tourism segment to make Morocco one of the world’s top travel destinations and to support tourism as the driving force for financial, social, and cultural development in Morocco.

The administration’s 2020 Vision Plan, which looks forward to expanding incomes from tourism to MAD 140 billion by 2020, concentrates on genuineness to make Morocco a more alluring destination for travelers. The ministry will take on preemptive measures to protect Morocco’s natural and cultural heritages to reinforce Morocco’s cultural identity.

The 2020 Vision additionally supports Morocco’s different sub-societies, natural assets, and environmental framework, and openness to Africa and Europe, The Tourism Ministry takes operates these components to make them meet the desires of visitors.

The 2020 Vision additionally concentrates on giving quality service and enjoyment to supplement the prime tourism framework. Morocco will build up its lodging capacity, concentrating on differed entertainment and recreation facilities keeping in mind the end goal to contend with other international tourism franchise.

Sustainable tourism is likewise among the significant targets of the 2020 Vision. The Ministry of Tourism will keep operating on components that have given improvement to Morocco as a better tourist destination. The strategy will think about keeping on the modernity as well as authenticity by carrying out a coordinated system that includes watching and assessment by the Sustainable Tourism Commission and the High Authority of Tourism.

So as to take into account this goal-oriented vision, Morocco will multiply its residential capacity in twofold by making 200,000 beds, increase the local tourism, and make 470,000 employments.

Morocco’s General Manager of National Tourism (ONMT) Mr. AbderrafieZouitensaid in a meeting that “Morocco needs to pull in 1.5 million visitors in the following two years” which will entail an additional 400 million Moroccan dirham, far beyond the expense of 2020 vital vision. This arrangement concentrates on travelers from theUnited States and Germany. Morocco will probably produce new organizations with aircraft and open 57 aerial tracks.

Zouiten additionally clarified that the agency utilizes digital media to give data on Morocco’s topographical dissemination of tourism, upgrade Morocco’s label for tourism, and report the authoritative strategies required for foreign voyagers to come to Morocco. “These strides which will be accessible one month from now will empower 80 percent of voyagers to utilize the Internet for arranging and booking their tours,” he included.

Morocco Travel and Tourism in Report Morocco to 2017

 The Moroccan travel and tourism industry recorded slow growth during the study’s time frame between 2008 to 2012, because of the European sovereign debt crisis and the 2010 Arab Spring uprising. Government activities on local and global tourism advancements, the improvement of tourism foundation and expanded government ventures will build up the tourism industry over the estimated time frame of 2013 to 2017.

The report published by website Research Markets in 2014 presented an extensive market study, insights, and information including:

– Historical data and estimated number of travelers covering the whole Moroccan travel and tourism industry

– Detailed report of visitor buying patterns in Morocco for different classifications in the travel and tourism area, like settlement, touring and entertainment, transportation, food service, retail, travel agents and others

– Detailed travel market classification in every kind, with assessment comparing the inbound and outbound tourist flows.

– Detailed report on the industries of airline companies, hotels and another lodging, auto rental and travel intermediaries.

The website encourages business owners in the tourism sector to get a copy of the report so they can make strategic and sound business choices utilizing historical and projected market information engaged in the travel industry. The report would also help them the demand progression within the country’s tourism industry, alongside essential market trends and development opportunities.

Key Report Features

– In June 2013, the Ministry of Tourism introduced the new version of the KounouzBiladi program to advance the local tourism. KounouzBiladi targets middle-class families who don’t budget some money for outings. The ministry reported attractive price offerings and travel offices gave away appealing packages like those offered to foreign visitors all through the 2012 version of the program. The service additionally declared that KounouzBiladi will be stretched out to other seasons to empower local travelers to be consistently rewarded by discounts for one year.

– In July 2013, the tourism board expanded its emphasis on nations likeEastern Europe, China, North America, Russia and the Middle East to boost Morocco as a beautiful travel destination. The Moroccan National Tourist Office has effectively set up workplaces in Beijing and introduced an arrangement expecting to pull in Chinese vacationers. The office has likewise asked for carriers in both Morocco and China to fly non-stop flights between the two nations.

– In June 2013, Royal Air Maroc reported that it would buy 20 to 30 new planes by 2020, including five long-haul airplanes. British Airways had expanded the quantity of flights from seven to 10 between November 2012 to March 2013 flying Marrakech and London. In April 2013, Ryanair has likewise restored its long haul enthusiasm for the nation by including two bases in Marrakesh and Fez, expanding its Moroccan operations to 60 courses and eight air terminals, transporting 2.5 million travelers a year to Morocco.

– Premium and top of the line lavish lodging brands, for example, Mandarin Oriental, The Address Hotels, Oberoi, Rocco Forte Collection and Kempinski, have begun putting resources into new properties in the nation; 54 hotel projects are planned with an overall capacity of 15,000 new guest rooms. To be included in this undertaking are 18 five-star hotels will be constructed in Marrakech. Kempinski is likewise setting up two new properties in the nation. The Royal Palace Hotel opened in Agadir with 260 rooms last March 2013, and in October 2013, Al Houara hotel with 270-room opened in Tanger.

– The cost of leasing a basic car without any limitations on travel distance begins from MAD3,408.2 (US$395.0) each week or MAD491.8 (US$57.0) each day. This is exceptionally costly for a North African nation. Most auto rental organizations likewise request a refundable money deposit of MAD2,934.7 (US$340.0) or MAD4,875.0 (US$565.0) if not paid by a charge card. The best urban communities to call car rentals are in Tangier, Casablanca, and Marrakesh, where autos are accessible at modest costs.

  • Travel agencies in Morocco are profiting by local crowds through web advertising strategies, and all travel packages booked through them are liable to a 15% rebate. Local tourists can likewise get to an interlocutor if they are disappointed with the travel organization’s services.”

Travel Guide: Top Places to Visit in Morocco

Some of the best places to travel when in Morocco includes the imperial metropolis of Fes, Marrakech, and Meknes. This is the place where you will find beautiful bazaars, royal residences, and busy town squares. Morocco is likewise well known for its shorelines, and a portion of the best ocean towns areEssaouira, Tangier, and Asilah. Morocco has an innate beauty. You can rent a camel and trek through the Sahara; climb the highest peak of North Africa; or stay in a conventional Kasbah in the entrancing Dades Valley.

Travel Guide to Marrakech


Located at the foot of the Atlas mountains, the royal city of Marrakech is huge, loud, tainted and stinky. Be that as it may, Marrakech is captivating and loaded with history.  On you appreciate an assault of overwhelming senses, then you’ll have a great deal of fun. When the most famous sights include many references to “Serenity” and “peace” like the Majorelle gardens or the greenery enclosures around the Saadian Tombs you know you’re in for a fascinating happening.

It’s fairly easy to get around Marrakech without even hiring a tour guide. There are so many areas that you can see; it’s recommended to spend three days in Marrakech. If your budget allows, treat yourself to a stay in a Riad so when you come back from a busy day, you can unwind and have some mint tea in a peaceful patio.

Best Time to Go

Visit Marrakech in the cooler months from September and May. However, some yearly events happen in summer which you might want to experience:

  • Marrakech Popular Arts Festival in July. This yearly celebration draws in artists, fortune tellers, acting troupes, snake charmers, fire dancers and then some, from all over Morocco. Since 2000 the event has additionally pulled in numerous craftsmen and performers from Europe and Asia. The main events happen in the remains of the 16 century Badi Palace and the Djemma el Fna).
  • Fantasia is a stallion riding exhibition that incorporates many charging horsemen (and ladies) wearing traditional attire. The spectacle is one feature of the Popular Arts Festival, so it also happens in July. You can see the Fantasia in the nights outside the city walls close to the Bab Jdid. If you don’t get the opportunity to see it in July, there’s the Chez Ali, a restaurant that offers the Fantasia as the amusement while you eat.
  • Imilchil Marriage Feast is a Berber marriage festival where up to forty couples get married. It happens in Imilchil in the Middle-High Atlas Mountains close to Marrakech. The festival is an extraordinary way to experience the culture of Berber including dance and music. The occasion happens after harvest each year, so the dates differ, it’s normally held late August or early September.

Winter in Marrakech

From mid-January to mid-February there is typically enough snowfall in the Atlas mountains for skiers. The Oukaimden ski resort is just 50 miles from Marrakech. There are a few ski lifts to get a magnificent view.

Places to See in Marrakech

The Djemma el Fna.The expansive central square in the old city (Medina) is considered to the heart of Marrakech. During the day, it’s a great spot to grab a fresh orange juice and a bunch of dates. Toward the evening the Djemma el Fna changes into a performers haven – in case you’re into snake enchanting, juggling, real entertainment like that of medieval times.

Souqs. The souqs are essentially undercover markets that offer everything from chickens to fantastic specialties. The souqs of Marrakech are thought to be among the best in Morocco, so if you like shopping and haggling, you’ll have fun enormously. Regardless of the possibility that you don’t care for shopping, the souks offer an authentic cultural experience you should not miss.

Majorelle Gardens and Museum of Islamic Art. In the 1920’s, French craftsmen Jacques and Louis Majorelle made a very beautiful garden amidst Marrakech’s new town. The Majorelle Gardens are loaded with plants of all shapes and sizes, blooms, ponds, and tranquility. The famous Yves Saint Laurent is the owner today and has constructed his house on the property. Inside the compound is a building called Majorelle which houses theMuseum of Islamic Art. This little gallery incorporates some great case of Moroccan tribal workmanship, floor coverings, pottery, and jewelry.
Saadian Tombs. Ruled most of the southern Morocco between 16th-17th centuries, Sultan Ahmed al-Mansour of the Saadian made these tombs for himself and his 66 family members. The tombs were in 1917 which we beautifully preserved surrounded by a beautiful garden

The Ramparts of Marrakech. Standing since the 13th century, the walls of the medina which run for 12 miles make for an awesome early morning walk. Every entryway is an art themselves like the Bab ed-Debbagh gate which gives a great photo-opportunity brimming with striking hues.

Palais Dar Si Said (Museum of Moroccan Arts). A castle and museum in one, the palace boasts of a lovely patio where you can unwind and take some photos. The exhibition hall’s showcases are well laid out full of artifacts like ceramics, jewelry, costumes and other relics.

Ali Ben Youssef Medersa and Mosque. The Medersa was constructed during the 16th  century by the Saadians and could hold up to 900 religious students. The design is flawlessly preserved, and you can check out the small rooms where the students used to live. The mosque is next to Medersa.

El Bahia Palace. A great example of the Moroccan architecture, this palace built as a harem’s residence possesses heaps of subtle element, curves, light.

How to Get to Marrakech

Via Air

The international airport of Marrakech has direct flights between London and Paris as well as chartered flights landing from all over Europe. If you are flying from the US, Canada, Asia or somewhere else, you’ll need to change planes in Casablanca. The air terminal is just around 4 miles (15 minutes) from the city and buses and taxis work for the duration of the day

Via Train

Trains operate daily linking Marrakech and Casablanca. The ride takes around 3 hours. To go to Fez, Meknes or Tangier then you can take the train through Rabat (4 hours from Marrakech).

Via Bus

Supratours, CTM and SATAS are three national bus companies that connect Marrakech and neighboring cities and towns in Morocco

Places to Stay in Marrakech


A standout amongst the lodging options in Marrakech is a Riad, a traditional Moroccan house located in the Medina (old town). Most riads have courtyards with fountain, restaurant or pool. Some riads additionally have terraces where you can have breakfast and get a stunning view of the city.

Reads like the Dar Mouassine, MaisonMnabha and the Hotel Sherazadeare not all costly.


Marrakech has agreat number of lavish hotels including the well-known La Mamounia, as featured in the film Sex and the City 2. There are a few famous hotel chains like the Le Meridien and Sofitel.

The most well-known luxury hotel in Marrakech is La Mamounia which Winston Churchill described as “the most beautiful place in the world”.

Travel Guide to Fes (Fez)


Morocco’s most ancient Imperial city, Fes (Fez) and its “old town” is currently a UNESCO World Heritage site. Behind the Medina’s Fes el-Bali’s towering walls is an enchanted, medieval city overflowing with life in each one of its 9000 narrow roads. Fes is the spiritual and cultural capital of Morocco, and you’ll surely encounter its liveliness.

The new part of Fes, called ville nouvelle, was constructed by the French and is entirely distinct from the medina. The wide avenues are lined with modern day shops, and traffic is chaotic. There’s not much to see, but rather if you incline toward bigger Westernized lodgings, this is the place you’d want to stay.

Best time to go to Fes

The best time to visit Fes starts on September running to November and then April to June where it’s not very hot, and there are fewer travelers. The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is normally held in June and is unquestionably worth a travel plan.

Places tosee in Fes

Fes el-Bali. The must see the place in Fes is the old medina (Fes el-Bali)and an ideal approach to get around it is hire a guide through your lodging or Riad for an estimated cost of around 250 dirhams. Any longer and you can just depend on agreeable businesspeople to point you in the right heading or a decent guide. The delight of touring the old Fes is walking along the narrow alleys and discovering a donkey drinking from a beautiful tiled fountain, watching Moroccan artisans at work; or ducking into a nearby Hammam and appreciating a decent good scrub.
Tanneries. Fes is well known for its leather items, and the greater part of it originates from the leather bazaar in old Fes. The tanneries have been in operation since medieval times, and little has changed, which makes them completely captivating to visit.

Kairaouine Mosque. Tucked the heart of the medina, the Kairaouine Mosque is enormous yet you can scarcely get a decent look at its size since it’s basically wedged in the middle of several shops and houses. 20,000 individuals can pray here yet unless you’re a Muslim, you won’t have the capacity to go inside. In any case, following the Mosque has as of late opened up again after extensive restoration, when the entryways are open visitors can look in and wonder about the lovely tile work. The library here is a standout amongst the most critical and most established on the planet. You’ll know you’re drawing near to the mosque in the event that you strike your head against a wooden pillar in a rear way. The pillars were put so individuals would bring down their heads when drawing closer the mosque and it likewise prevents donkeys from getting excessively close.

Museums. There are 3 historical galleries in old Fes that are worth visiting and offer a spot to get some rest. The Nejarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts is in an beautiful construction with a decent little rooftop bistro. The Dar Batha Museum has an exceptionally fascinating showcase of artworks, particularly if you appreciate the conventional blue-shaded pottery Fes is well known for. The Belghazi Museum offers comparative fine art to Dar Batha, yet here you can purchase it what you like! The museum is located inside a palace and is a decent, if expensive, spot to appreciate some lunch.

Medersas. There are two Medersas (religious schools) worth going by in old Fes. The MedersaBouInania was constructed during the 1300’s and has some excellent examples of Merenid plasterwork and woodwork.

The Mellah. The Mellah is the old Jewish quarter of Fes, and you can tell its architecture varies from whatever is left of the medina. Houses with overhangs and windows facing the roads are exceptionally un-Muslim-like. The Jewish graveyard is very eye-popping here with white headstones running down the hillside as far as the naked eye can see, some are wavering directly over the edge.

Merenid Tombs. The Merenid Tombs are located outside the walls of old-Fes, and you see them from most rooftops in Fes. Vacationers head up the hill to the tombs to get a decent perspective of Fes as the sun sets. The tombs themselves aren’t much of a view.

How to get to Fes

You can get to Fes by train, bus and plane so there’s no reason not to visit the most mesmerizing city in Morocco. On the off chance that you haven’t ever been to a developing nation, Fes might be little intense. If visiting Marrakech is part of your plan itinerary, you might need to head there first since it’s somewhat more laid back. Try not to spend all your cash on knickknacks in Marrakech however; you’ll see it’s less expensive in Fes.

Via Train

Morocco has an efficient railroad line, the trains are comfy and they keep running on time. Fes has one train station and you can get a train from Marrakech (7 hours), Tangier (5 hours), Casablanca (4.5 hours) and Rabat (3.5 hours). You can just book your train tickets in Morocco and it’s wise to book them a day ahead of time.

Via Bus

Morocco’s best bus company is called CTM. They have buses operating out to Fes from major spots in Morocco. In case you’re not on the train line, then a bus is a fine alternative and constantly less expensive than the train (a 4-hour bus trip cost 70 dirhams and a 6-hour ride cost 120 dirhams). CTM has a modernized system for booking so you can book all your transport tickets for anyplace in Morocco at any CTM office.

Via Plane

The Fes’ Saiss Airport is located only 6 miles from the new town center. Some European charter planes fly in directly from Paris and London. Royal Air Moroc has a flight to Fes from Casablanca, which flies twice daily.

Via Grande Taxi

If you plan to visit Meknes and Volubilis you can either take a train or bus or you may also pick the more costly Grande Taxi. Grande taxis don’t have meters, so you have to successfully negotiate the fare before jumping into the taxi. These taxis are regularly shared, so don’t be amazed if more travelers get picked up along the way. The ride takes an hour to get to Meknes from Fes.

Places to Stay in Fes

Rent a traditional house. In case you’re truly up for a unique local experience, try renting out a traditional house. It’s less expensive than staying in Riads, and the houses look just as pretty. This is a perfect choice if you need the comfort of having your refrigerator and the little kitchen.

Riadsare traditional homes in old Fes that have been revamped and transformed into little inns. There are typically a set number of rooms or suites constructed around a patio, making the experience more private. Rooftops give great perspectives over the city and make for an awesome spot to have some breakfast and watch the people go about their day to day business.


Travel Guide to Essaouira


Essaouira is known for its laid back coastal town that offers explorers a good break from the hustle bustle of Marrakech, which is only a couple of hours away. The town’s beaches, medina, and fresh catch seafood are what interest travelers to visit Essaouira.

Best time to go

There’s no rain in Essaouira from March to October, so that may be the best time to go. Essaouira’s temperatures don’t get much above 80 Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). If you are not into group tours, then May, June and September would be the best time to visit Essaouira. Winters don’t get excessively frosty, the temperatures can be up to 60 Fahrenheit (15 Celsius) amid the day, excessively chilly, making it impossible to swim or sunbathe, yet at the same time great time to do bargain hunting in the medina.

Essaouira’s biggest annual event, the Gnaoua World Music celebration is held for three days on June. Gnaoua is the descendants of slaves coming from Black Africa, who built up Brotherhood all through Morocco. They are comprised of expert artists (maalem), clairvoyants, metal castanet players, mediums and their devotees. This celebration showcases their abilities and that of global performers who have grasped this type of music and magic.

Places to see in Essaouira

Beach. Essaouira is fairly a small fishing town, and that’s what makes it a charm, it has a holiday and local feel to it. Because the place has strong winds, it’s ideal for water sports like windsurfing, surfing, and kite surfing.

The Medina and Souqs (markets). Shopping here in Essaouira is more relaxed compared to Marrakech and Fes but not necessarily cheaper. The medina is enclosed by walls, and there are five primary gates you can walk and easily navigate as it’s also car free and clean.It is just a small area but avoids the Mellah area of the medina around evening time.

Ramparts and the Port. Essaouira’s medina is walled like numerous old towns in Morocco, and the defenses are entirely amazing as they’re created on the cliffs. Local people and guests appreciate walking around the ramparts as the sun sets. The port is a bustling port loaded with fishing vessels.

Hammams. Essaouira may not have the best hammams, but this is a good place to experience a traditional Moroccan steam bath. The Hammam de la Kasbah is highly recommended by The Lonely Planet Guide to Morocco.

How to get to Essaouira

Most travel to Essaouira by bus simply because there is no train station. There is direct bus operating from Casablanca to Essaouira daily which takes around 6 hours. Buses fromMarrakech takes 2.5 hours, and a few bus companies travel this course. The bus station at Bab Doukkala in Marrakech is the place the buses leave from.

Tourists found that Grande Taxis will take them from the Marrakech to Essaouiraairportonly during the daytime.It will cost you around $80 (50 Euros)for the trip which takes around 3 hours. On the other hand, you can get a taxi at the mainbus station in Marrakech and after that jump on a bus to Essaouira.

Places to stay in Essaouira

Riads. Each room inside a Riad is one of a kind. Essaouira has some exceptionally pleasant riads in its medina. Riads are hidden along narrow streets, and you’ll need to ask somebody to help you with your packs since no cars can get to the medina.

Where to Eat

Since Essaouira is a fishing town, you, therefore, need to try its local dishes like grilled sardines. Any eatery along the harbor front offers fresh fish daily. Some of the best eateries are shrouded away in Riads in the medinas. The Place Moulay Hassan on the edge of the port is an incredible spot for a beverage and affordable Moroccan food.

Suggested Restaurants in Essaouira:

Chez Sam at Essaouira’s port has fantastic seafood and fish but not that many local Moroccans.

Riad le Grande Large – known for its flavorful traditional dinners, than its rooms. Fantastic set dinners begin at 12 Euros (around $19), and your fish dishes will, as a rule, be served by live music.

Chez Georges is one of the most costly restaurants in Essaouira. Al fresco dining, so wears something warm.


Things to Consider Before Traveling to Morocco

Planning a trip to Morocco? Before you get on the plane, there are a few things you most likely need to know. Moreover, if this is your first trip abroad, or maybe you just need a reminder here’s a list of questions and answersincluding what you should do or bring before your trip.If you want to achieve an easy, headache-free Moroccan travel (and who doesn’t?), taking care of basic tasks like researching activities at your destination, managing your finances and getting your traveling bags in order is the key. Do not run off from home without accomplishing and thinking of the following list!

Do I need to get a vaccine before traveling to Morocco?

Although a personal decision, getting a vaccine is not mandatory in Morocco.

Do they accept credit cards? What is their local currency?

The Moroccan Dirham (DEE-rahm). Keep in mind that you will get cash out of an ATM in dirham and that you will regularly be charged for the foreign transaction fee of around 3 percent by your bank, whether you get cash out or swipe your credit card.

What is the language there?

The Moroccans talk a fascinating blend of Arabic, Berber, English and French. Amazingly, you may hear several languages in justone sentence.

While English will probably be understood by many in the bigger urban areas, you may have some language barrier in the rural areas. For this situation, Arabic and French are likely equivalent fallbacks for the bold traveler.

What practices could get me in a bad position in the event that I don’t follow them?

There are likely two major things you ought to be worried about here. One is the way you use your left hand to eat or shake hands. Muslims, Moroccans among them, feel that it’s unclean. Be wary of this custom especially in public.The other thing is that ladies modest dressing. Westerners has tendency to walk around in tank tops and short.Tourists are advised to dress conservatively.

Do they drink/do drugs/party?

Moroccans, however, devoted Muslims, appear to do the majority of the above. Hashish is common in Morocco, and it’s not that difficult to get liquor at numerous bars in spite of the Muslim being against it. Cities like Casablanca or Marrakech has bars and dance club where there’s a chance to party until the small hours.

A musical form of party called Aissawa, is like a Sufi rave. Sufism, an old enchanted branch of Islam concentrated on lifting the soul, is still practiced all over the world. The celebrated writer Rumi was a Sufi, and numerous Westerners have come to know Sufism through Rumi’s composition. Dancing and spinning is a standout amongst the most well-known practices at the Aissawa, with the sought impact to create an altered state of mind.

Do I require a visa to get in?

All English-speaking countries (except for South Africa) require no visa to enter the nation, and guests can stay up to 90 days.

Will my cellphone work there?

Just like some other countries in the Middle East, it will be far less expensive for you to purchase and get a local number than it will be for you to utilize your phone, which will probably cost many dollars in extra roaming charges and fees before you are finished.

What’s their food over there, and would I be able to eat fresh vegetables and fruits and drink clean water?

Not like the United States and United Kingdom, which are moving quickly to packaged foods, even for the basic staples like fruitand vegetable produce, Morocco will have only local produce. Thus, the choices will be limited than maybe you are used to, yet the vast majority of it will have been organically grown and harvested and served on your table the way it would have been in the past – quick and with no harmful processing.

In case you’re stressed over nasties in new stuff, do what local people would do: press a decent amount of lemon or lime juice on it. I promise there will be less chemicals on your serving of mixed greens than at McDonalds at home, and the food will taste new and flavorful. Be savvy — in case you’re eating from a road seller, you’re taking your risks, and they have no controls or even refrigeration now and again. In the event that you have a sensitive tummy at home, pack charcoal tablets and keep in mind on eating yogurt in Morocco to get a few probiotics. Appreciate the local food – that is one of the basic reasons you went! As in most remote nations, you ought to likely stick to filtered water as a safety check – we are regularly not used to the critters in another person’s water supply.

Kingdom of Morocco: A Cradle for World’s Largest Solar Energy Project

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As a country blessed with the highest level of solar insolation compared to other countries, the advantage of having sustainability has been placed on the production and utilization of solar power by developing more solar energy projects in Morocco.

Morocco receives the sunshine for around 3,000 hours annually and reaching 3,600 hours in the desert.  Morocco is where one of the world’s largest solar energy projects is to be found. The project value amounts to approximately $9 billion.

Underlining the primary objective of generating 2,000 megawatts of solar energy volume by the year 2020, there are already five solar power stations planned to be constructed which involves the integration of photovoltaic and concentrated technology. Renewable energy agencies are focusing on solar energy who are established to run the projects.

Solar energy power plants and solar power farms are just some of the projects that were on the table to be commissioned with the full completion of the year 2020. The development of the solar power plan will shed more light and will bring Morocco into the spotlight as the frontrunner in solar energy projects in the world.

The completion of the solar projects in Morocco will take up 38% of Morocco’s yearly electricity generation.

Solar energy in Morocco largely dominates the national renewable energy grid

 The renewable energy in Morocco accounts to 0.4% of the national energy grid except biomass.

Renewable energy contributed to almost 10% of electricity production in 2007. The renewable energy industry is backed by solid hydropower sources and solar energy in Morocco with the recently installed 147 MW wind energy parks of which 975 MW is under deployment.

Morocco is on its move to start $13 billion enlargements to its wind, solar and hydroelectric power production scope and related infrastructure that should pave the way in allowing the country to generate the target of 42% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

The determination of the government on increasing the solar power by developing solar energy projects in Morocco as well as other renewable energy projects was  brought about by the figures  shown in a statistical studies, Morocco’s oil amounted at around USD1.4 billion in subsidies from January to September 2009 which is 57.9% lower compared to year 2008.

In November 2009, Morocco declared it would set up two gigawatts of solar capacity by 2020. One of the largest solar energy projects in Morocco and the world has been launched with an estimated cost of USD9 billion. The primary objective is to produce 2,000 megawatts of solar generation capacity by the year 2020. Five solar power stations are to be constructed. A public-private venture, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), has been founded to be in charge the project.

MASEN: catalyst of solar projects in Morocco

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The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) is a limited company with public funding which was effectively established in March 2010. It was created under the guidelines of the Law no. 57-09 for the enactment of the integrated Moroccan Solar Plan, creation of solar energy projects in Morocco and the endorsement of solar resources in every facet.

Its capital is equally secured by the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development, the Moroccan State, the the Société d’Investissements Energétiques (SIE), and the Office National de l’Eau et l’Electricité (ONEE). MASEN has three major missions. First is developing solar projects in Morocco such as solar power plants. Second is to add to the development of a national proficiency; and lastly, operate as a compelling drive of proposal on the regional and international scheme.

A historical mission of MASEN is to design and develop solar power plants as one of the foundations of its innovative model. This movement meets the requirements of the National Office of Electricity, and consequently the Moroccan consumers. Five spots have already been recognized to accommodate NOOR solar project in Morocco.

The said strategy assimilates thoroughness and innovations, deciding on what sites are applicable for the commissioning of the plant, through technical design. On the other hand, partners are chosen through an international selection procedure to entertain proposals and offers in line with the international standards and, primarily, to optimize the price per kWh. Lastly, each plant has unprejudiced institutional provisions and inventive financial structuring which leads to a most favorable allocation of risks.

The emergence of the Moroccan solar ecosystem and more solar projects in Morocco entail the materialization of a national expertise and MASEN’s mission to be part of the cause.

These can be achieved by supporting the development of a strong and competitive industrial sector. Another way is by building strong partnerships to uphold the training of competent resources, and support research and development to help improve the performance of solar technologies in general which will be useful in developing solar projects in Morocco.

MASEN contributes as an influence for proposal on national and international plans for the issues of energy, environment, and climate change.

As a leading international agency, MASEN aims to promote the use of green energy, to bring about deliberations and to take the first step in designing any solution to improve energy transition.

The agency’s intelligent works and strategic partnerships enable it to positively facilitate the realization of actions for the fight against climate change and promoting the use of green energy in Morocco.

Basically, MASEN is the company which is under private law with public capital that aims to act as a vehicle for solar projects in Morocco and showcase the solar resource in all its characteristics.

With the strong operational exploitation of NOOR, MASEN is now a major performer in the solar power industry due to its accomplishment on formulating a ground-breaking paradigm, which is advantageous for a well-round approach.

MASEN supports the growth of an integrated and viable Moroccan solar network, facilitated by the operation of solar projects in Morocco and other solar power plants like NOOR all the way through the United Kingdom.

MASEN is a catalyst for alternative solutions, considerate to natural resources, which is significant to energy and environmental or socio-economic perspectives.

For the implementation of solar projects in Morocco, MASEN exhibits a strong model for the conservation of the environment at the service of future generations.

MASEN has invited different companies and organizations to submit their expressions of interest in the design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the first of the five planned solar projects which is the, the 500-megawatt solar power station/plant in the southern city of Ouarzazate.

The first of the solar projects in Morocco’s solar power plan was commissioned in 2014, with the expected full commissioning of the whole project in 2019.

Once completed, these solar projects in Morocco are expected to produce and distribute 18% of Morocco’s yearly electricity generation.

Morocco Promotes an Integrated National Solar Power Industry

 The development of solar projects in Morocco is a key success with the development of NOOR plan as a requirement for the deployment, positioning and confirmation of the Kingdom as a key player in the field of solar power industry.

The initiatives of the government must also allow the blossoming skills and abilities of Moroccans in the solar industry, with the aspiration to become a globally competitive and high value-added industry. The development of solar projects in Morocco must largely benefit the local economy.

NOOR solar power plants introduce an element of industrial integration, allowing the involvement of Moroccan private companies and even local government in their success and the development of their infrastructures. MASEN encouraged the Moroccan manufacturers to participate and become more and more interested in the future of the solar sector. Their contribution and dedication to the developers have shaped a local integration rate of around 30% for NOOR I in Ouarzazate and is expected to reach 35% for NOOR II and NOOR III.

MASEN has also endorse the assembly of the Solar Cluster which is basically an association whose mission is to contribute to the development of own socio-economic sector. In this regard, it functions to form synergies between stakeholders of the green sector, both public and private actors in order to push the emergence of a competitive green industrial chain in Morocco.  The Cluster plot – aims to develop skills and improve industrial capacity, facilitating the connection among the various players in the sector and has the support of distinguished international partners such as the ICC or the Giz.

Profound Research and Development Efforts paved way to creation of more solar projects in Morocco

 They key component of the integrated energy development, research and development is at the core of the diverse solar projects in Morocco which are undertaken by MASEN.

This methodology answers the two objectives. The first is to put up a Moroccan framework technology in the subject of solar energy through two strategic objectives such as the Photovoltaic and the CSP, and employ research excellence in the solar projects in Morocco to prop up and keep up industrial activity.

Much progress still needs to be achieved in the thermodynamic and photovoltaic industries including the storage technologies, to promote more improvement in the conversion of sunlight into electrical energy capacity to guarantee adaptability of usage and cut down the costs of electricity consumption.

Giving efficient and most advantageous testing environment, the demonstration platform of MASEN’s R & D will facilitate researchers and manufacturers to assess, train and progress throughout their effort to achieve commercial maturity.

Eventually, the purpose is to drive an ecosystem that is conducive to the development of solar projects in Morocco and allow more innovation in the solar sector, causal to the creation of value through revolutionary activities.

In 2014, the World Bank shouldered a $159 million financial requirement of a solar project in Morocco. The project is no other than the “Noor-Ouarzazate Concentrated Solar Power Project”. The financing is proposed to magnify and support the development of a Moroccan solar energy complex with the aim of augmenting the complex’s energy production. As of October 2014, the complex’s production capacity reached to 160 megawatts with the plan of increasing it up to 350 megawatts.

The NOOR in the face of solar projects in Morocco, developed by MASEN have the desire to generate solid progressive externalities, while taking full advantage of the collaborations between the diverse stakeholders. These positive externalities must create the first benefit which is building power plants in naturally unconventional areas.

The action of MASEN is to confirm the assimilation of the solar complex in their nearby environment, securing optimal value to people through developmental projects in the short and medium time frame. It is useful in creating a local impetus around the core to assist in the economic and social development of these specific areas.

The local development strategy of MASEN is assembled around the necessities of the areas. In Ouarzazate, the strategy caters around the following three areas of effort. The first is to make the other territories in Morocco accessible with the construction of telecommunications infrastructure, and the development of water and energy networks. The second, is its influence to the improvement of social wellbeing by providing access to health care and education, and a program to improve the employability of local people through conventions and trainings. Last but not the least is the development of a dynamic territories with the strengthening of organizations, stimulation of entrepreneurship, cultural activities and the carrying out works and services related to the plant.

MASEN’s respect for the environment is a major component of its interests, in the construction of solar projects in Morocco. It is in the seeking stage of the sites for these solar projects when the process where a series of pre-qualification studies are performed in order to take into consideration the environmental dimension and providing methods for these projects to be developed and must be effectively integrated into its environment.

During these periods, the operation of an environmental management plan will be launched to observe the implementation of alleviation measures in the previous studies, and allow the project to be set up in the best environmental conditions.

MASEN’s inclination to conform to national and international environmental standards guides it throughout the development of solar projects in Morocco.

Solar Energy accounts to great extent of Morocco’s Renewable Energy grid

wind energy

 Even though there is an enormous prospective for solar projects in Morocco and wind power in Morocco, it is still not safe to confirm the appropriate time and situation when Morocco could embark in trading renewable electricity to other parts of the world specifically to Europe. With the development of the 400 billion dollar Desertec project, it is undistinguishable if the prearranged investment of the Desertec confederation in solar power through the Northern region of Africa could spread into Morocco or the amount of power which is required and could finally be distributed to Europe. Desertec’s campaigns probably needs further feasibility studies for several years.

Having the advantage of being the only African country to possess a power cable connected to Europe, Morocco can gain from the major project, Desertec Industrial Initiative.

Whether the realization of these solar energy projects in Morocco still waits to be seen but distributing solar energy could have alleviating effects inside and among countries, according to the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency (MASEN). Deliberations are enduring with Tunisia, and energy exports in the north across the Mediterranean continues to be a key objective, in spite of the downfall of the Desertec project in 2013, a German plan to source 15% of Europe’s energy from North African desert solar by 2050.

Renewable energy has played an important part in ONE’s improvement in its initiatives which was revealed thirteen years ago. The objective of the plan is to distribute electricity to more than 70% of rural districts by 2008, at the same time augmenting the segment of renewable energy in the energy grid by 0.24% starting from year 2003 reaching to 10% within eight years.

The strategy involved the development of two innovative wind projects. The first was a 60MW wind power facilities located in Essaouira, whereas the second wind project with the capacity of 140 MW was developed near Tangiers. The Essaouira facility was commissioned in 2007. The plan also involved another solar project in Morocco which is a 250 megawatts solar heat structure developed d’Ain Beni Mathar, where 30 megawatts of its power generation will be produced from energy emitted by the sun.

Aside from solar projects in Morocco, the said Kingdom also has supplementary renewable energy reserves that may possibly be established due to its four continuing waterways and several dams with the capability to produce hydropower. Eleven years ago, ONE developed a USD27.6 million project to provide solar power to thirty-seven thousand rural residences by 2007. On the same month in 2002, a solar project in Morocco was also awarded to a conglomerate steered by a French energy group.

Another company based in France, which was undertaking the development of a high-speed rail that will connect Tangier and Casablanca is also awarded another solar project in Morocco which entailed the construction of power production plant with a production capacity of 470 MW to empower the connecting railway. Although the majority of the volume is produced from a gas integrated cycle incineration, 20MW of it comes from the energy collected from the sun.

The National policy which gave birth to a Major Solar Project in Morocco

In November 2009, a solar  project in Morocco was announced which was proclaimed to produce 38% of the MENA region’s mounted power production by year 2020.  The project value is $9 billion and the funds required for the development comes from both government and private companies.

The launching event was graced with the presence of Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State of United States of America together with the ruler of Morocco. The project stressed the development of five solar projects in Morocco which includes construction of power creation establishments around Morocco which is expected to create 2,000MW of electricity in year 2020.

The project is expected to contribute by way of power production which would equal to the present electricity expenditure of the city of CasablancaGermany and the World Bank have conveyed their disposition to partake in the formation of Morocco’s solar energy generation plan which the country has agreed to accomplish. Aside from the solar projects in Morocco, Germany is playing its role in the fulfillment of a water-desalination project.

In February 2008, Morocco, as country which imports its energy, has unveiled the National Renewable Energy and Efficiency Plan to discover another sources of energy to cater to 15 per cent of the total local needs and maximize the benefits of energy-conservation techniques. The program is projected to produce over forty thousand jobs and attract investments amounting to more than €4.5 billion by year 2020.

In 2001, The National Plan for the Development of Solar Thermal Energy was created, intended to develop a solar project in Morocco by installing four hundred forty thousand solar-motorized water boilers in 2012, where 235,000 of the heaters are already finalized. The Moroccan administration proposes to yield forty per cent of its energy extracted from renewable means by year 2020.

Morocco declared the plan for the establishment of a new site specializing in information-focused services to support studies and exercises in green technology. The training facility is a portion of a USD219 million clean energy park development project that was constructed in Oujda City to sustain the investments of the companies belonging to private sectors as well as the companies in the renewable energy industry.

Various schemes are devoted to renewable energy for instance the solar projects in Morocco. Other renewable projects that needs to be mentioned are the power plants, solar water heaters, water pumps, pumping stations, hydraulic turbines, air-cooling system and waste recycling. Renewable Energy is considered the strength of numerous commercial and public agendas, take for example the occasion of electricity distribution in the rural regions of Morocco, which entails setting up individual systems integrated with photovoltaic technology which contribute to seven per cent of energy fabrication.

Conjecture of Morocco as a Renewable energy producer

Energy supplies are substantial. Forecasts evaluation showed wind energy prospective at six gigawatts and underline solid promise for biomass development.

The prospects in this subjects are great in the middle of influential investors, commercial performers and also consumers. The four main issues which could affect motivations and official methodologies are lack of regulations; absence of a dedicated agency, and minimal priority of the renewable energy and its productivity for domestic improvement agendas committed to nurturing responsiveness and to secure workable necessity in Renewable Energy and energy proficiency innovations and facilities, and also the taxation which hinders provide eye-catching market conditions.

Solar Project in Morocco: Ouarzazate solar plant

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) open its doors for companies and organizations who are interested to undertake the designing, building, management, up keeping and funding of the 500 MW solar project in Morocco. The project involves the construction of a solar power facility in the southern township of Ouarzazate.

The project is the first among the five to be developed solar power stations that utilize both CSP and Photovoltaic equipment. The first phase of NOOR 1 which is 160 MW was granted to a group, headed by an energy company based in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will vend the electricity made for USD0.19 per kilowatt hour. Other major banking institutions also agreed to co-finance the solar project in Morocco.   The setting up of Noor 1 was accomplished and was brought online in February 2016. During this period, the outstanding two stages, the second and third Noor spreading at 6,000 acres were projected to be ready adding in another 580 megawatts of capacity by year 2018.

The construction of these solar projects in Morocco formally commenced on the 10th of May 2013. The entire project is allocated among three parts. The NOOR 1 is a 160 megawatt converged solar project; NOOR 2 which is a 200 megawatt parabolic mirror plant; and NOOR 3 which is a 150MW solar trough plant.

Solar Projects in Morocco shows its resolution to become a solar superpower

 The city of Ouarzazate found in the Kingdom of Morocco is well adjusted to humongous creations. Located at the verge of the Sahara desert and the center of the MENA region’s “Ouallywood” film productions it was chosen as a host to extravagant location filming of well noted Hollywood films.

Ouarzazate is known as a trading city, which leads to it being called as the “door of the desert”. It is the center for another smash hit as the heart of the major solar project in Morocco.  A development of four interconnected solar power plants that, together with energy generated from the water and wind, will aid to supply approximately partial of Morocco’s required electricity from green reserves by 2020 with its excess to be exported to European countries. The plan is considered significant beam in Morocco’s desires to utilize its unexploited sandy lanscapes to become a solar superpower worldwide.

When the entire complex is completed, it would take the title of the biggest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the world. The introduction of mirror technology is less prevalent and more costly compared to the photovoltaic panels which are currently common on roofs, however it has the upper hand of being capable of unceasing production of power although the sun already set.

The possibility for development of solar projects in Morocco and using solar power from the desert has been recognized for years. During the time of the post-Chernobyl nuclear accident which happened in 1986, a physicist from Germany had analyzed that the world’s sand landscapes obtain take enough energy for a limited time to be responsible for civilization’s power requirements for a whole year. The only question that arouse that time was the method of securing that power and carrying it to the locations where there are plenty of people where it is compulsory.

As engineers finished installing the final bits to the first phase of Noor project, it shines as its five hundred thousand curve-shaped solar panels glimmer through the desert horizon. The one hundred eighty rows of the solar panels keep an eye on the sun as it trails through the skies, droning gently every few minutes as their shadows sneak further east.

Once these four solar projects in Morocco are completed, they will cover a space similar to the land area of the city of Rabat, and produce five hundred eighty megawatts of electricity, sufficient to distribute power to a million households.

According to the environment minister of Morocco, there is a big expectation that solar energy possibly will mimic the same effect that oil fabrication had in the last century in the region. But then again, the USD9 billion (£6bn) solar projects in Morocco to make its deserts prosperous was prompted by more important matters.

Morocco is not an oil fabricator, and it imports from overseas 94% of our energy from fossil fuels which has a big toll on the budget of the government.  Furthermore, it also used to subsidize fossil fuels which have a substantial cost, and the emergence of the potential for solar energy is something that Morocco couldn’t ignore.

All parabolic mirrors are installed 12 meters high and concentrated on a steel pipeline which serves as a heat transport tool that has the capability to absorb heat up to 393 degree Celsius as it trails along the trench before looping into a heat engine. Inside the heat engine, it is incorporated with water to produce vapor that transforms energy-generating turbines.

The heat is basically composed of an artificial thermal oil solution that is propelled towards a heat tank comprising melted sands that can to open in 2017stock heat energy for three hours, which is used by the power plants to deliver power to homes during the night. The mirrors are spread out and well distributed in order to reduce impairment from the sand being carried by the hot desert winds.

Solar energy will be accounted for one third of Morocco’s renewable energy grid by year 2020, with wind power and hydro power taking the same share respectively. The government has been very proud of the said solar projects in Morocco and the four solar plants are considered most significant in the world.

The technicians handling the second and third solar power plants which are scheduled to operate in 2017 have shared that these plants can store energy for up to eight hours – setting off the opportunity of whole round availability and accessibility of energy in the region, and the neighboring region.

The main test that these technicians has to conquer is the possibility to conclude the project at the specified time with their performance level that these solar projects in Morocco is demanding.

On the other hand, with the completion of the first stage of the solar project, Morocco is targeting greater international goals. The Kingdom is already engaged in the setting up of a great pressure transportation lines to service the whole southern Morocco together with Mauritania. But according to studies the project’s definitive impression will go farther and broader even as far as the Middle East.

Renewable energy in Morocco and the policies for subsidies

  It is undeniable that it is promising to export energy to Europe through the solar energy projects in Morocco but the first step to being done is the establishment of we interconnectors that are not yet commissioned according to a spokesperson od MASEN. In detail, Morocco would have to set up linkages, which would not run through like the current line in Spain, and then commence exporting.

Spain has barred itself in developing fresh solar projects due to the shortage of interconnectors to diffuse the energy to France. The European Union has set their standards to ensure the 10% of the power of the group of countries can be carried through abroad via the link by 2020.

Morocco is at the avante-garde of solar. This claim is supported by the development of the USD9 billion Noor complex of which several international institutions have backed up the project development. Unrevealed energy grants from Morocco’s ruler, King Mohammed VI, have prohibited the expenses from being levied to the end users.

A month prior to the launching, more than a thousand workers, majority are Moroccans are still sprinting to repair electric wires, taking down frameworks and wrapping insulation and covering the steel pipelines. They stir past wearing their overalls, in the background of the Atlas Mountains. Abundant engineering hats, and other safety equipment exhibited an ambiance compared to a theatrical camp. It is closely seem like the groundwork for a grand performance.

Preparations are almost completed and the epic openings of these solar projects in Morocco will be witnessed by the eyes of the interested global audience. The construction has been done and it is now time to appreciate these structures come across when they kick off operation.

Administrators are strongly conscious of the actions they are undertaking in what the most is forward-thinking renewable energy program in the Middle East and North African region. This could involve water desalination in the future, in a country that is gradually being stricken by drought as the climate warms. In the intervening time, Morocco is fixated on developing solar energy projects and utilizing solar energy to meet its own requirements for resource impartiality.

The Kingdom of Morocco gets the eyes of other nations as it goes green 

 From the wind to solar energy projects in Morocco, it is easy to say that the kingdom which has been importing its energy resources is currently on the move in becoming a major producer and supplier of renewable energy.

like 2015, the most humid year on record, came to an end, and the observers are evaluating the conclusion of this year’s climate change summit in Paris COP21, a grand and large-scale solar energy project in Morocco, known as “Noor” which means light in Arabic, is now on the verge of inauguration.

It is the product of the North African kingdom’s intricate research and development efforts in recent years to ease its dependency on trade in energy, which has been a lingering encumbrance on state capitals.

With a prospective production capacity of 580 megawatts (MW), the $9 billion Noor project is anticipated to cover an area compared to a city with the size of the Rabat, which is the capital city of Morocco and distribute the electricity to 1 million homes.

The first phase of the said solar projects in Morocco called Noor 1, is slated to commence its operation by the end of 2015. Noor 2 and Noor 3 will rspectively follow suit in year 2016 and 2017. On the other hand, Noor 4 which will utilize photovoltaic technology in order to transform solar energy into electricity is open to tenders.

The conclusion of the $660 million Noor 1 solar plant suggested that it will be operating only a few weeks after the closing of COP21, highlighting Morocco’s determination to meet production targets that it declared during the conference. It also facilitates in the preparation of the platform for the upcoming COP22, which will be hosted by Morocco, and voice out its endeavors to be in the front row among the countries who are shifting to renewable energy and diverging away from energy import dependency.

The government seeks to realize an extra capacity of 6,760 MW during the time frame of 2015 to 2025, of which 3,120 MW comes from solar energy projects in Morocco; while 2,740 MW and 900 MW will be generated from the wind and hydroelectric projects respectively.

Clean surroundings in the midst of growing energy exigency

 The North African country is said to be the major importer of energy in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. Proved to exhibit a rising energy consumption of about six percent yearly for the past 10 years, Morocco has had to discover another energy sources to cater to the increasing energy demand of its increasing population at the same time maintaining the cleanliness and balance in its environment. In this regard, the need to develop solar projects in Morocco arise from the surface of sustainability concerns.

Energy dependency affected the government’s investments in the downside in other sectors brought by the record-high global oil prices in 2014.

In December 2014, Morocco instated Africa’s biggest wind farm with a production capacity of 300 MW. The wind farm signifies around 40 percent of the country’s over-all wind capacity in commercial operation to date.

The country already has wind energy production of more than 800 MW in operation. Another 550 MW wind energy project is under development and 850 MW is under contract, whereas a supplementary 1,000 MW of capacity is premeditated between 2021 and 2025.

Regarding the hydroelectric power, Morocco, which currently has an installed electrical capacity of 1,770 MW, 460 MW of which coming from energy transferred through pumping stations, has programmed with a 350 MW project at Abdelmoumen, in the region of Agadir, which is expected to come to life in 2020.

These solar power projects in Morocco, which are agreed to be the world’s largest solar power production facility, was the ideal answer to Morocco’s heavy energy dependency once all phases are fulfilled.

Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in Morocco

 Morocco’s financial plan to subsidize fuel has developed radically over the past decade, and with oil budget prices deteriorating as the country leans toward alternative energy sources, the Moroccan government has now taken the daring resolution to close down diesel subsidies which ended a recurrently steep and unsustainable weight on the country’s economy.

The government can now concentrate on realizing the country’s intention of enhancing its clean energy productivity by creating more solar energy projects in Morocco.

Morocco sworn during the COP21 to lessen its greenhouse emissions at a minimum of 13 percent by year 2030. Even though it came as a relatively humble approach, its clean energy vision is aspiring which aims to meet 52 percent of its total power needs by 2030, which is equal to 6,000 MW. To meet this goal, investments has to be allocated into the electricity and clean energy sectors, which would open the doors of business opportunities to the international and overseas companies.

The first phase of the Ouarzazate solar project in Morocco will likely to give way to the reduction of annual CO2 emissions by 240,000 tons.  And once the second and third phase are finished and operations, emission should be lessened to 522,000 tons per year, or 1 percent of its CO2 emissions in 2011 which is 56.5 million tons, according to the Ministry of Energy in Morocco.

Development of solar projects in Morocco creates more jobs

 The industry of renewable energy in Morocco is also helped in the development of job creation and industrialization, promoting economic growth. Noor 1 alone has created about 1,000 jobs and will reinforce local businesses where this solar project in Morocco is being developed.

The Moroccan government took another significant action towards cleaning up the environment after the parliament ratified a draft bill to ban the production, importation, selling and usage of plastic bags starting July, 2016, although still allowing definite types of bags such as trash, freezer bags and those for agricultural practice. The move could not have come too soon, since Morocco is the second-largest plastic bag consumer in the world, with an annual usage of 26 billion plastic bags. The law can be viewed as an attachment to the national drive of boosting eco-tourism in the country.

Despite the fact that environmental organizations conveyed their approval at the verdict, the proposal did have its detractors as workforces in the plastic industry assumed it as an intimidation to their presence in the market, with an assessed loss of 50,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The government has never made any move that could find any definite substitute to plastic bags. Decomposable paper bags could be a substitute but would entail displacing of trees and a great deal of energy for their production. The government needs to fastidiously set out a sturdy and sustainable substitute to plastic bags. Morocco has in the past prohibited the use of black plastic bags, which were a serious health and environmental threat.

It is obvious that discovering the ideal answers will not come as a breeze or without trials. But there are tales of accomplishment with regards to solar and wind energy for example in Germany, and in the MENA region possibly Morocco should be regarded as one of the shining models to admire.

Health Care Industry in Morocco

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Languages, Geography, and Climate

The Kingdom of Morocco is included in the Greater Arab Maghreb located toward the northwest Africa, bounded on the north by the Straits of Gibraltar and Mediterranean and toward the west by the Atlantic Ocean. Toward the south, the border is being shared by Mauritania and Morocco, then toward the east with Algeria. Its populace numbers 31,478,000 tenants, of which more than half live in cities, with the nation covering 706,550 km2. Morocco has the biggest fields and the most elevated highlands of North Africa. The nation bears four incredible mountains: the Middle Atlas, the Rif, Anti Atlas and the High Atlas.

Morocco is a nation of the Maghreb, a sovereign Muslim State, where the official language used Arabic. These languages include dialect Arabic or “Darija” (generally the language was spoken); Berber or Tamazight; and French and Spanish in the Northern part of the nation.

Toward the north, the atmosphere is Mediterranean, Atlantic toward the west, and Saharan toward the south, and is, for the most part, mild because of the. The climate is humid on the coast and dries within the nation’s inland. The atmosphere is described by its volatility, recurring dry spell and unanticipated surges are occurrences affecting significantly on the country’s improvement plans.

Demographics and primary health signs

In the 40 years span taking after freedom of Morocco, the country has encountered a high demographic increase. Today the condition is steady especially with the adjustment in Moroccan culture particularly in connection to education and social changes including family planning programs, which have had a huge effect on the quality of life of the females.

The adjustment in the age profile of the populace is one of the best outcomes of the demographic move. Youth is the primary portion of the populace making up around 33% of the population. Sadly, political structures have not effectively incorporated them into the worldwide improvement plans because of both an absence of legislative projects concentrating on this age division, and a lack of a system inside political gatherings. Moreover, 10% of Morocco populace is 60 years or above, and there is no base for this age group, including healthcare insurance plans focusing on care for the elderly.

Women have assumed an essential part in the development of Morocco’s human potential. Traditionally, they were to a great extent not considered inside the development process of human resource, but rather, taking after a long battle to accomplish recognition, they have gained impressive ground. The case of advancement incorporates the change of the Family Code in 2003, and the Code of Nationality in January 2007.

As in different countries, the countryside and remote regions of Morocco have for the most part stayed behind the dynamism of the bigger urban communities, on the level of financial advancement and additionally that of human improvement and social change. Differences amongst town and country require extra social and monetary solutions as far as construction, financing, and common projects for rural areas.

Moroccans Living Abroad (MLA) have kept on expanding in the course of the most recent 50 years and have today gotten to be one of the biggest foreign groups in some host nations. They are seen as a vital group that will impact the future capability of the nation.


health system

The health system in Morocco includes a public sector, a private not-for-profit sector, and a private for-profit sector, and is as of now experiencing various reforms, including a financing amendment, hospital reform, and another institutional restructuring.

The health system is commonly described by new health concerns, forced by the epidemiological and demographic changes. Taking into account these patterns the Moroccan health strategy recognizes and battles certain diseases and intends to remove others. Aside from stretching the life expectancy, improving the quality of life for those extra years is vital. The World Health Organization expresses that without the quality of life, an expanded life span is of no interest, the desire to have a good health is as significant as life expectancy.

Organization of the health system

The Moroccan health system is divided into two sectors:

The public sector consists of the healthcare resources of the Ministry of Health, the Royal Armed Forces, Local Communities and other Ministerial Departments. Medical coverage is ensured by three policies: mobile, fixed and roaming, with the point of adapting the coverage to the necessities of the populace and the limitations of nature.

The private sector is comprised of two sub-divisions, one non-profit, putting together the health assets of the National Fund for Social Security (NFSS), the Mutuals and the National Fund of Social Welfare Bodies (NFSWB), the Moroccan Red Crescent (MRC), and NGOs. The private non-profit sector has 1,874 beds. The second, for profit, sub-sector is comprised of the healthcare structures of the free market sector, composed separately or assembled together, by general practitioners, dental specialists, drug specialists or other healthcare experts (counseling rooms, restorative checking, pathology, consideration and recovery, dental surgery, healing facility centers, drug stores, and therapeutic distribution centers). In connection to infrastructure, this division comprises of 220 clinic centers, 30 dialysis centers, and about100 radiologist’s workplaces (with or without scanners, and some Magnetic Resonance Imaging offices), notwithstanding different specializations, and a critical number of general medicine practitioners with sonogram offices. This segment has a total of 6,156 beds and 10,800 healthcare experts.

Moroccan health system’s primary challenges

A study of the country’s health system recognizes the following issues:

  • Difficulties in getting healthcare for the poorest and rural people with a dissimilarity amongst access and demand for basic care for specific diseases, specifically chronic illnesses. The level of utilization of health care services is, most of the time, connected to the financial support.
  • Poor administration of public hospitals, which undergoes from a range of inefficiencies, making them not able to contend with private doctor’s facilities. These hospitals have particular issues connected to:
  1. centralized administration;
  2. the absence of self-rule;
  3. the absence of coordination with BHCs;
  4. insufficiency in administrative ability;
  5. conventional administration of meds which supports their depletion;
  6. low quality of care and reception; and
  7. the disparity between specialized facilities and the HR required making them work.
  • The need of policy to oversee and create human resources. At this level, the succeeding issues are of note including:

not enough staff to handle the increasing demand of care

  1. no clear administration approaches which cause internal social disagreement connected to the job posting and staff development;
  2. a rare number of projects for training and continuous learning;
  3. the issue of corruption, and also an absence of moral responsibility on some health professionals; and
  4. not enough of social programs to motivate staff.
  • No medicine policies in general in respect deficient utilization of generic prescriptions.
  • Lack of policy on the partnership with communities and civil society, essential elements for human advancement.
  • Lack of a policy partnership with the private sectors, which works at the edges of the healthcare system without partaking in ethical and professional training.
  • The central administration system takes into consideration direct intercession by the State through the Health Ministry in the overall healthcare chain, going from healthcare provider to financial provider and also controller and organizer.
  • Deficiencies in specific structures for geriatrics and not enough nursing homes.

Managing Healthcare Spending

The national health care system spends more than 33.6% of its budget on purchasing pharmaceutical and medical products. 35.2% of spending goes to ambulatory care, including checkups and consultations. This spending is exacerbated by the shortcoming of assets distributed to collective health prevention (testing of drinking water, communication, information dissemination and so on.).

Public hospitals, in spite of having more than 80% of national bed limit, just get 9.8% of protection spending with regards to direct payments and 6.6% of the overall medical insurance spending.

Morocco’s worldwide medicinal services spending in 2006 in is financed by (MoH 2006):

  • monetary assets: 22.6%
  • direct family spending: 57.4%
  • medical insurance: 17%
  • business owners: 1.8%
  • worldwide collaboration: 0.7%
  • other: 0.5%.

The household financing for healthcare services is now a source of discrimination with regards to access to care, specifically among the poorest and those without medical coverage. This circumstance is aggravated by the absence of systematized solidarity and the pooling of health dangers, because of the shortcoming of medical coverage which just covers 37% (17% in 2006) of the total populace. Consequently, Morocco decided to extend the primary medical coverage. Firstly, through the execution of Obligatory Medical Insurance for working professionals and retired individuals in both public and private sectors, through two overseeing bodies: the National Fund of Social Welfare Bodies (NFSWB) for civil servants and government workers the National Fund of Social Security (NFSS) for private sector workers. These offices are directed by an administrative body, the National Agency for Health Insurance (NAHI).

The Medical Assistance Regime for the Economically Disadvantaged or MARKED makes up the second part of the arrangement of basic medical insurance which the legislation covers. This is a social net for the poorest, whose economic susceptibility keeps them outside the contributory framework. It depends on the standards of social assistance and national solidarity. Its financing is for the most part guaranteed by the State and nearby communities and in addition to a commitment from qualified recipients.


Since the 1960s, health professional’s supply and demand have known repeating crises because of some components, specifically political and financial elements. The most critical period took after the Structural Adjustment Plan (SAP) in the 1980s. This crisis was tougher because of changes attempted by the Ministry of Health in the course of the most recent two decades. It was exacerbated by the proceeding with a mass migration of medical professionals who relocated to look for better states of work somewhere else.

As of now, as indicated by the World Health Report of 2006, Morocco is one of 57 nations experiencing a grave absence of health workers and remains susceptible against their mass migration towards different nations. This absence of health human resources is aggravated by the imbalance of repartition of HR amongst rustic and urban sites and inside the distinctive areas of the Kingdom.

With the present shortage of medical experts, there is for all intents and purposes no unemployment, specifically general practitioners, specialists and nursing staff. Pharmacists and dental professionals are intensely enlisted. Unsuccessful applicants can profit by aid packages to help them start in the private sector.

Acknowledgment of medical professionals at work

In Morocco, the absence of professional work acknowledgment at the level of healthcare facilities has been accounted for in a few cases. Hence, the need or lack of concern of laws overseeing the work of medical services experts can be a hindrance to the relationship of trust that should exist amongst health specialists and their patients.

The latest study on nursing staff fulfillment levels in the work environment done at the University Hospital Center of Rabat from which the succeeding conclusions were drawn:

  • Care units and nursing care unit head underlined the fundamental significance of perceiving nursing attendants as an element for inspiration, duty, and support of self-regard.
  • Nurses appreciate the admiration and backing of their nursing partners in more than 90% of cases, and harmonious communication is adequately very much created among medical attendants through their close working connections and data sharing.
  • Communication and good working relationships with direct superiors are missing in more than half of cases.
  • The absence of coordination of engaging meetings was classified as a component making sentiments of the absence of worth and obligation on most individuals surveyed.
  • In more than half of cases, surveyed staff reported the absence of skills acknowledgment was because of an inclination among staff superiors this may bring about lost of power.
  • The absence of workload considerations and the non-accessibility of supplies required for an ergonomic work environment, advantageous to productivity and resourcefulness, causes apathy to the interests of the establishment and was felt to be another element inducing sentiments of the absence of worth and obligation.
  • The yearly performance bonus is considered as demotivating as it doesn’t associate to hard works made. What’s more, there is no proper performance assessment and capacities of staff, leaving a wide room for subjective reviewing and an absence of transparency, specifically to clarify an absence of promotion.


To build up a healthcare system that:

  • recognize the basic and universally identified human rights, specifically those related to the dignity, trustworthiness, and freedom of the person;
  • means to give security and quality care at work;
  • depends on impalpable standards, for example,
  1. the value in the association of healthcare provision;
  2. accountability and responsibility of medical professionals; and
  3. Morals and deontology.
  • Is equipped for making promising conditions permitting medical workers to assume a part which underpins improvement.

Given these standards, the succeeding proposals should be considered by local, provincial, national and global leaders in the health system of Morocco.


Training capability

  • Training in medical administration through balancing the training system alongside the procurements for improving higher education
  • Medical training:
  1. Amending the curriculum for training for general specialists by creating, among others, healthcare economics, community medicine,  geriatrics and family health;
  2. Amending the curriculum for training of health specialists;
  3. Adjusting the training modules to new needs; and
  4. Studying plans for access and training for medical professionals.
  • Base training for nursing staff:

o making and increasing training foundations for medical professions, and making new training “streams”.

Continuous professional improvement and acknowledgment

  • Establishing and executing the new mandatory system of continuous training, developmental oversight, and direction for medical experts keeping in mind the end goal to enhance performance.
  • Implementing rules and authoritative strategies and different structures to ensure proficient acknowledgment to each one of those working in the healthcare system.

Structural change

  • Putting into place standards and practices guaranteeing well-being and security for medical experts at work by:

o creating research and epidemiological studies planning to look at the effect of professional dangers and working conditions on worker’s wellbeing; and,

o making an oversight council for professional risk, with a specific end goal to institute a worldwide preventive methodology for expert dangers and better intersectoral coordination.

  • Strengthening infrastructure, specialized facilities, and a system to guarantee the accessibility of primary supplies.
  • Adopting clear and straightforward criteria to dispense assets so as to decrease inconsistencies between and within locales, including those amongst urban and local regions.


  • Oversight and authoritative administration empowering current and participatory administration.
  • Reinforcing organizations and intersectoral activity, associations with neighborhood groups, the private sector, and common society.

Terms and conditions

  • Amending compensations and different benefits upwards, with the goal that they can guarantee the protection of the dignity of health care experts.
  • Ensuring the privileges of medical professionals are regarded, for instance, the right to information.

Governing and Administrative Systems

  • Reinforcing and upgrading the legal arsenal of the Health Ministry to bring it into line with the development of the system from one viewpoint and to fit with global healthcare legislation, specifically on positive practice situations and enhance morals in the healthcare industry.
  • Conceptualizing and instituting a legal support system for overseeing healthcare system (counting government officials, the populace, and Ministerial divisions).
  • Creating a WHO Code for positive practice situations which governments would incorporate into their policies on national healthcare.
  • Encouraging global collaboration and coordination for positive practice situations which answers to challenges and the security needs of a progressively mindful populace.


In Morocco, the present healthcare setting is portrayed by various positive improvements, which ought to be united. Be that as it may, there are differences between service providers, irregularity in quality care, and accessibility of HR which blocks the advancement of sustainable positive practice environments. It ought to be in this manner a need for the Ministry of Health to inspect the present working system for al medical professionals to enhance working situations.

In Morocco, introducing positive practice environments will be a long procedure, requiring the allotment of extensive money related, human and material assets, fundamentally increased from current levels.

There is an inconsistency between the level of HR accessible and the level required to meet the medicinal services needs of the populace. Sadly, this is not surely understood among clients of the health care system, who, regularly treacherously blame healthcare providers for not giving fitting and timely medicinal services.

It is the ideal opportunity for healthcare system to build up the key supportive networks after that each medical professional can depend, with standards and references helping every expert to properly satisfy their works. These central frameworks must take into account the formation of social network ready to make positive practice situations and discover answers to three vital issues: the requirement for HR, the conduct of medicinal services experts at their place of business and the phenomenon of the relocation of these experts.

To this end, the government administration has an obligation to put resources into HR and focus on their training, supporting and guaranteeing the faithfulness of these experts after that the change of the nature of healthcare provision and the efficiency of the diverse branches depends on.

Morocco on the way to Universal Health Coverage

with the new health financing strategy

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Morocco is the path to accomplishing health care as a privilege to everyone, as per new research reported by Oxford Policy Management this week.

Talking at the commemoration of the inauguration of the nation’s lead Medical Assistance Scheme, OPM medical specialist Tomas Lievens, presented a roadmap for accomplishing Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through reforms on health financing within the nation.

Morocco has made important advances in health: in the course of the most recent 30 years, the nation has seen the disposal of various irresistible infections, an expansion in average life expectancy of ten years and maternal and newborn child mortality decreased.

 One of the initial plans of its kind in the North African area, RAMED has made huge steps towards giving access to fundamental health services for the poorest and most helpless in Morocco. Healthcare coverage across the nation expanded from 16-53% of the populace somewhere around 2006 and 2013. However, there is still far long way to go.

The OPM group has been working thoroughly with the Moroccan Ministry of Health in the course of the most recent 18 months, supporting the improvement of a national wellbeing financing strategy that will support the move towards UHC.

OPM advisor, NouriaBrikci, the team project head, said: ‘Morocco has made huge steps towards accomplishing Universal Health Coverage, with the presentation of innovative health plans based on incorporation and equality. It’s urgent that this energy is kept up, and that political aspiration is coordinated by effective resourcing. Smart health financing is a crucial support of any UHC methodology and by recognizing and actualizing territories for change, Morocco will have a clearer course towards accomplishing the right to quality healthcare for all.’

Situational investigations directed by OPM’s medical specialists uncovered a UHC financing gap of more than 16billion dirhams in 2013. To address this shortage – which looks set to increase to 27 billion dirhams by 2030 if nothing is done – our group recognized three key reform spots: finding new resources of financing for UHC, enhancing the productivity of spending of existing assets and expanding the budget pool for health.

Our proposals – which were consolidated into a health financing strategy for the nation – incorporate the presentation of inventive health financing instruments, (for example, incomes from air travel, liquor and tourism), making an integrated pool in the medium term to guarantee cross sponsorship between the rich and poor people, the sick and the healthy. Other suggestions concentrate on enhancing the effectiveness of clinic acquiring through for instance moves towards yield based models of the installment that adjust assets with activities.

The takeoff of this methodology throughout the following years will bolster the move towards a complete and successful national healthcare offering in Morocco that is accessible to all.

Morocco seeks Health Reform

 Morocco is hoping to uplift its quality of care now that the health minister is an emergency medicine physician.

Health Minister Houcine El Guard believed that psychological well-being and emergency attention were Morocco’s top healthcare concern. During a press conference in Rabat, he repeated his vow to make emergency and psychiatric care a top concern in health reform.

Healthcare has been an interesting issue during the discussion of the members of the parliament as well as the public. Ever since he was named as a health minister, El Ouardi has been tested by MPs around a few issues influencing the Moroccan medical sector. The minister, who also happens to be a professor of medicine, has set out his needs, which is a feat in psychological wellness and emergency and accident care.

On mishap and crisis care, individuals from the general public have grumbled about admissions and the quality of time spent on patient care.

A 22-year-old understudy, Hayat Serghouchni, said that much should be done to enhance emergency care in Morocco, especially given the lack of medical caretakers and specialists. She included that young students ought to be urged to enter these callings, to address the deficiencies as well as to decrease unemployment.

MP RachidHoumani said that albeit important endeavors have been made in the medicinal services area, consideration must be paid to remote districts which experience the ill effects of enormous deficiencies of HR, particularly amongst Casablanca and Rabat.

The health minister has given reassurance that work is under way to build up a society-based policy on medical facility and pre-hospital emergency care which will include rebuilding, restructuring, and give supplies to the accident and emergency divisions.

The official, who has performed as an accident and emergency physician himself, is supporting a community-based policy on both hospitals as well pre-hospital emergency care healing center, with plans for 80 community emergency health facilities. Those centers will be focused on individuals living in rustic zones.

These healthcare facilities will treat 6 million Moroccans, an increase from the present 4 million. The minister has effectively opened 20 crisis medicinal units for provincial obstetrics. Somewhere in the range of 55 ambulances and six mobile healing centers have additionally been bought.

On the psychological health front, the administration’s system depends on expanding the convenience limit of psychiatric healing facilities. The ministry needs to raise the quantity of beds accessible across the country from 800 to 3,000 before the end of 2016.

Three drug rehab units have likewise been opened for the current year in Marrakech, Tetouan, and Nador. One year from now, another three will be constructed inFes, Agadir and Al-Hoceima, and a more extensive scope of services will be made accessible inLarache, Tangier, Ksar El Kebir and Chefchaouen by 2016.

Medical experts have emphasized the crucial lack of specialist nurses and psychiatrists. DrissYazami, the president of the National Human Rights Council, who raised the caution over this issue, said that it was a basic part of human rights and advancement.

The health minister has promised to address this circumstance by offering more introductory and on-going training for psychological health experts. The objective is for 185 psychiatric attendants and 30 psychiatrists and to end up qualified every year. Four college schools represent considerable authority in the child, and juvenile psychiatry will be set up in the organization with the higher education service so that ten psychiatrists can be trained every year.

Travel Healthy in Morocco

The counteractive action is the way to staying fit in Morocco, and a touch of planning before the flight will spare you inconvenience later. If you’re lucky, the worst that can happen on your trip is having an upset stomach; disease infections are normally connected with unsanitary living conditions and poverty, and can stay away from with a couple of safeguards. Car crashes are a typical explanation behind voyagers to need therapeutic help. Medicinal offices can be great in huge urban communities, yet in more remote regions might be essential.

Before You Go

Immunizations. Don’t leave your health conditions as your last priority: a few vaccinations don’t take effect in just two weeks, so visit a specialist four to eight weeks before the flight.

First aid courses. Those going to exceptionally remote regions may need to take an emergency treatment course, for example, those offered by the American Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance. Especially in case you’re going trekking, you could take a wild medicinal instructional class, for example, that offered by the Royal Geographical Society.

Prescriptions. Carry them in their original, visibly labeled case. A marked and dated letter from your doctor explaining your health conditions and medicines and generic names is additionally useful. On the off chance that was bringing syringes or needles, make sure you have a doctor’s letter describing their medicinal need. See your dental specialist before a long trek; bring an extra pair of contact lenses and glasses (and bring your optical remedy with you).

Before leaving home, make sure that all your standard immunization cover is finished. Approach your specialist for an international authentication of immunization, citing every one of the immunizations you’ve gotten.

Suggested Vaccinations

Granting no particular immunizations are required for Morocco, America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) proposes the succeeding as routing:

  • Diphtheria
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Tetanus
  • Rubella
  • Polio

The CDC additionally proposes the accompanying for Morocco:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Insurance

Sufficient medical coverage is key when making a trip to Morocco. The national health service isn’t good, and a couple of good private hospitals are costly.

You may lean toward a policy that pays the medical office specifically instead of you paying on the spot and claim later, in spite of the fact that by and by most Moroccan specialists and clinics demand immediate payment.

On the off chance that you need to claim later, ensure you keep all documentation.

Bring verification of your insurance protection with you; this can be crucial in keeping away from any delays to treatment in emergency circumstances.

A few policies request that you call (reverse charge) a center in your home country, which makes a quick assessment of your issue; keep your service provider’s emergency phone number on you.

Research which private medicinal administration your insurer utilizes in Morocco with the goal that you can call them direct in the case of a crisis.

Ideally, your policy ought to cover emergency air evacuation home, or transport via plane or emergency vehicle to a major city’s hospital, which might be necessary for difficult situations.

A few policies offer lower, and higher medical cost alternatives; the higher ones are mostly for nations, for example, the USA, which has to a great degree high therapeutic expenses.


Medical Checklist

medical checklist

Pack these items in you medicine kit:

  • antimicrobials (if going off the beaten track)
  • antidiarrhoeal drugs (eg loperamide)
  • paracetamol or headache medicine
  • antibacterial hand gel
  • anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., ibuprofen)
  • antihistamines (for allergies)
  • antibacterial balm (egBactroban) for cuts and scraped areas
  • steroid cream or cortisone (for allergic rashes)
  • swathes, gauze and dressing rolls
  • paper tape and adhesive
  • scissors, security pins, and tweezers
  • folding knife
  • DEET-containing insect repellent
  • insect spray for garments, tents and bed nets
  • sunblock
  • thermometer
  • oral rehydration salts (egDioralyte)
  • iodine or other water-purging tablets
  • syringes and sterile needles (if setting out to remote zones)

Morocco welcomes private investors in the healthcare sector

A senior banker in Casablanca comments that there is not a week happening without a deal closed. This statement reflects the prosperity currently happening in the private healthcare sector in Morocco.

This new setting in Morocco has been chiefly determined by the development of the medicinal services administrative system. As of not long ago, only physicians had the privilege to own private medicinal services facilities. The new legal structure approved in February 2015 is a distinct advantage, as it will loosen up the ownership of private clinics. Also, people who are not specialists and also financial investors (both local and foreign) will have the privilege to own a medical facility.

This activity will open an area that was at that point on the radar of an extensive variety of players. Private financial specialists are along these lines in the beginning pieces, leading business analysis and commercial diligence keeping in mind the end goal to distinguish inviting targets with solid development potential.


Outside venture potential

The profundity and progression of the private medicinal services sector likewise give further solace to foreign financial specialists as far as sizeable business sector potential. Overall healthcare consumption spoke to about US$ 6billion in 2014 and had been developing quick at a CAGR of 7.7% in the course of the most recent four years. Moroccans are devoting an expanding offer of their income to health services: out-of-pocket spending represents more than 54% of overall Moroccan healthcare spending.

Additionally, the Moroccan Health Ministry which is the principal care supplier in the nation with roughly 77% bed limit just gets 28% of overall health expenditure, while private spending represents around 60%. Development flows are supported by a few economical drivers. The quick development of the middle class has added to the expanding interest in quality infrastructure and administrations; which have driven the need to grow the present limit of private facilities.

A flourishing medical tourism industry

Amongst other key drivers, medical tourism has turned into a principle component of this new dynamic, depending on two streams:

  • The absence of quality medicinal services across over nations in Sub-Saharan Africa has driven increasingly individuals to go to Morocco to get medical treatment, especially when a particular expertise is required (e.g. neurology, traumatology, and oncology surgeries)
  • Patients from Europe or the Middle East are searching at affordable costs for some of their medicine treatments which are either costly or not extremely very much secured by medical insurance in their nations of origin (e.g. dental surgery or plastic surgery)

Foreign visitors represent around 10% of total income in a few of the multi-specialty centers in Casablanca. Keeping in mind the end goal to influence this inviting context, some private facilities spent significant time in plastic surgery have built up comprehensive packages for their patients originating from abroad (A medical package would incorporate treatment, as well as get up at the airplane terminal and recuperation at an extravagant 5-star lodging).

Single-specialty centers additionally speak to the segment to invest. As specified already, plastic surgery facilities offer medications at international standards, 30% less costly than what is charged for comparable treatments in Europe.

Generally speaking, this new context – supported by Morocco’s political stability – has piqued the enthusiasm of an extensive variety of both local (e.g. insurance agencies, pharmaceutical companies) and worldwide players (e.g. private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds).


Regardless of these opportunities, various inquiries should be replied before securing an investment: What are the key business sector flows? How does the competitive landscape look? In what capacity would it be advisable for me to begin screening the business sector to recognize best opportunities? Who would it be a good idea for me to partner with to boost odds of accomplishment? Distinguishing the right market fragment remains a key test. Beginning the business sector screening process with Casablanca, Rabat and Marrakech is likely the most proper since these three urban areas are home to more than half of Moroccan specialists. OBGYN, pediatrics, ophthalmology and cardiology are the most much of the time spoke to strengths in the three urban communities. Interest for these forces is reliably expanding, making chances to either grow in existing facilities or build new ones.

In general, this force experienced by the healthcare sector speaks to an opportunity for global players to get a foot in the entryway and enter the Moroccan business sector through an exceptionally dynamic environment with a solid potential.


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The historical record of the Kingdom of Morocco extends to more than twelve centuries – since the foundation of the very first Moroccan state by the Idris dynasty, without mulling over traditional vestige into consideration

Archeological proof has demonstrated that Morocco was occupied by primates no less than 400,000 years back. The written history of Morocco starts with the Phoenician colonization of the Moroccan coast between the eighth and sixth hundreds of years BC, despite the fact that the territory was occupied by indigenous Berbers for exactly two thousand years before that. In the fifth century BC, Carthage broadened its dominion over the waterfront zones. They stayed there until the late third century BC, while the hinterland was ruled by indigenous rulers. Indigenous Berber rulers managed the region from the third century BC until 40 AD, when it was added to the Roman Empire. In the mid-fifth century AD, it was invaded by Vandals, before being recovered by the Byzantine Empire in the sixth century.

The area was occupied by the Muslims in the mid-eighth century AD, however, separated from the Umayyad Caliphate after the Berber Revolt of 740. A large portion of a century later, the Moroccan state was built up by the Idris dynasty. Under the Almoravid and the Almohaddynasties, Morocco overwhelmed the Maghreb and Muslim Spain. The Saudi empire controlled the nation from 1549 to 1659, trailed by the Alaouites from 1667 onwards, who have since been Morocco’s ruling dynasty.

In 1912, after the Agadir Crisis and First Moroccan Crisis, the Treaty of Fez was signed, separating Morocco into French and Spanish protectorates. In 1956, following 44 years of French regime, Morocco recovered freedom from France, and in no time thereafter recaptured a large portion of the regions under Spanish control.

Ancient Morocco

Excavations have shown the occurrence of individuals in Morocco that were hereditary to Homo sapiens, and additionally the presence of early human species. The bone relics of a 400,000-year-old early human ancestor were found in 1971in Salé. In 1991, the bones of Homo sapiens were found at Jebel Irhoud that was observed to be no less than 160,000 years of age. In 2007, little-punctured seashell dots were found in Taforalt that are 82,000 years of age, making them the earliest known proof of individual decoration discovered anyplace on the planet.

In Mesolithic times, somewhere around 20,000 and 5000 years back, the geology of Morocco took after a savanna more than the present dry scene. While little is known of settlements in Morocco amid that period, diggings somewhere else in the Maghreb locale have recommended a plenitude of diversion and timberlands that would have been friendly to Mesolithic gatherers and hunters.

In the Neolithic time frame, which took after the Mesolithic, the savanna was possessed by herders and hunters. The way of life of these herders and hunters thrived until the district started to dry up after 5000 BC as an aftereffect of climatic changes. Archeological unearthings have proposed that the cattle domestication and crop cultivation both happened in the district amid that period. In the Chalcolithic period or the copper age, the Beaker society achieved the north bank of Morocco.

Early history

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Phoenicians and Carthaginians (c. 800 – c. 300 BC)

The coming of Phoenicians on the Moroccan coast proclaimed hundreds of years of control by foreign powers in northern Morocco. Phoenician merchants infiltrated the western Mediterranean before the eighth century BC and soon after setting up terminals for salt and mineral along the coast and up the streams of the region of today’s Morocco. Major early settlements of the Phoenicians incorporated those at Lixus, Chellah, and Mogador. Mogador is known as a Phoenician province by the mid-sixth century BC.

By the fifth century BC, Carthage’s state had amplified its domination over the large part of North Africa. Carthage created business relations with the Berber tribes of the inside and paid them a yearly tribute to guarantee their participation in the abuse of natural materials.

Roman and sub-Roman Morocco (c. 300 BC – c. 430 AD)

Mauretania was an autonomous tribal Berber kingdom on the Mediterranean shoreline of Northern Africa relating to northern Morocco from about the third century BC. The first known ruler of Mauretania was Bocchus I, who reigned from 110 BC to 81 BC. Some of its initial written histories identify with Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements. The Berber lords managed inland regions dominating the beach front stations of Carthage and Rome, frequently as satellites, permitting Roman power to exist. It turned into a customer of the Roman dynasty in 33 BC, then a full territory after Emperor Caligula had the last ruler, Ptolemy of Mauretania, executed (AD 40).

Rome controlled the boundless, vague region through alliances with the tribes as opposed to through military occupation, extending its power just to those territories that were financially valuable or that could be shielded without extra labor. Subsequently, the Romans never stretched out outside the confined region of the northern beach front plain and valleys. This key area framed part of the Roman Empire, administered as Mauretania Tingitana, with Volubiliscity as its capital.

Throughout the time of the Roman emperor Augustus, Mauretania was a vassal state, and its leaders, for example, Juba II, controlled every one of the territories south of Volubilis. In any case, the viable control of Roman legionaries came to insofar as Sala Colonia. A few history specialists trust the Roman outskirts got to present-day Casablanca, referred to then as Anfa, which had been settled by the Romans as a port.

Amid the rule of Juba II, the Augustus established three states, with Roman nationals, in Mauretania near the Atlantic coast: Iulia Constantia Zilil, Iulia Valentia Banasa. Augustus would, in the end, discovered twelve settlements in the district and Iulia CampestrisBabba. Amid that period the region controlled by Rome experienced noteworthy monetary improvement, supported by the development of Roman streets. The range was at first not totally under the control of Rome, and just in the mid-second century was a lime manufactured south of Sala reaching out to Volubilis. Around 278 AD the Romans moved their provincial funding to Tangier and Volubilis began to lose significance.

Christianity was brought to the country in the second century AD and obtained converts in the towns and among slaves and in addition among Berber ranchers. Before the end of the fourth century, the Romanized territories had been Christianized and advances had been made among the Berber tribes, who some of the time convert altogether. Unconventional movements additionally grew, generally as types of political challenge. The region had a considerable Jewish populace too.

Visigoths, Vandals, and Byzantines (c. 430 – c. 700 AD)


When the Vandals overran the region, it remained part of the Roman Empire until 429 AD. It was then quickly vanquished by the Visigoths, before being recouped by the Byzantine Empire. Amid, this time, the high mountains that make up the majority of advanced Morocco stayed unsubdued and stayed in the hands of their Berber occupants.

In the mid-eighth century, the Muslim successfully conquered Maghreb. Albeit part of the bigger Islamic Empire, Morocco was at first sorted out as an auxiliary region of Ifriqiya, with the local governors named by the Arab representative in Kairouan.

The Arabs converted the indigenous Berber populace to Islam, however, Berber tribes held their standard laws. Muslim rulers forced taxes and tribute requests upon Berber populaces.

Berber Revolt (739 – 743)

In 740 AD, the local Berber populace rebelled against Arab rule. The disobedience started among the Berber tribes of western Morocco and spread rapidly over the district. Despite the fact that the insubordination diminished in 742 AD before it achieved the doors of Kairouan, neither the Umayyad rulers in Damascus nor their Abbasid successors figured out how to re-impose Arab guideline on the zones west of Ifriqiya. Morocco went out of Arab control and divided into an accumulation of little, autonomous Berber states. The Berbers went ahead to shape their own particular adaptation of Islam. A few, similar to the BanuIfran, held their association with radical puritan Islamic organizations, while others, similar to the Berghwata, built another syncretic faith.

Idrisid tradition (789 – 974)

Since it was on the edges of the Islamic world, Morocco rapidly turned into a shelter for some protesters, agitators, and evacuees from the eastern caliphate. Among these was Idris ibn Abdallah, who with the assistance of Awraba Berbers established the Idrisid Dynasty in 789 AD. His child Idris II raised an elaborate new capital at Fes and changed Morocco into a focus of power and learning. Another noteworthy coming were the puritan Miknasa Berber rebels from Ifriqiya, who went ahead to build up the settlement of Sijilmassa (in southeast Morocco) and open market over the Sahara desert with the gold-delivering Ghana Empire of west Africa. Despite the fact that the Midrarids of Sijilmassa and the Idrisids of Fes were much of the time in political and religious odds, the Trans-Saharan exchange way made them financially interdependent.

Fatimids, Umayyads and Zenata warlords (c. 900 – c. 1060)

This balance was disturbed in the early 900s, when another set of religious displaced people from the east, the Fatimids, touched base in the Maghreb and seizing power in Ifriqiya.The Fatimids attacked Morocco, dominating both Fez and Sijilmassa. Morocco was divided as a result, with Fatimid governors, Idrisid supporters, new puritan groups and interventionists from Umayyad al-Andalus all battling about the district. Cunning governors sold and re-sold their support to the richest bidder. In 965, the Fatimid caliph al-Muizz attacked Morocco one final time and succeeded in building up some order. Before long, be that as it may, the Fatimids moved their domain eastbound to Egypt, with another capital in Cairo.

Berber dynasties (c. 1060 – 1549)

Morocco was most powerful under a progression of Berber empire, which rose to power south of the Atlas Mountains and extended their dominion northward. The eleventh and twelfth hundreds of years saw the establishing of a few noteworthy Berber dynasties driven by religious reformers, every line in light of a tribal confederation that ruled the Maghreb and Al-Andalus for over 200 years. The Berber traditions of the Almoravids, Almohads, Marinids and Wattasids gave the Berber people some personality and political solidarity under a local regime. The dynasties made the possibility of an “imperial Maghreb”.

Sharifian dynasties (since 1549)

Starting in 1549, the district was ruled by successive Arab empire known as the Sharifian dynasties. The Saadi dynasty ruled Morocco from 1549 to 1659, next by the Alaouite dynasty, who held power from the seventeenth century until Morocco was partitioned into French and Spanish protectorates in 1912.

Saadi dynasty (1549 – 1659)

From 1509 to 1549 they had reigned just in the south of Morocco. Still, scknowledgingWattasids as Sultans until 1528, Saadian’s developing force drove the Wattasids to assault them and, after an ambivalent fight, to acknowledge their power over southern Morocco through the Treaty of Tadla.

Their rule over Morocco started with the reign of Sultan Mohammed ash-Sheik in 1554, when he crushed the last Wattasids at the Battle of Tadla. The Saadiandominionended in 1659 with the end of the rule of Sultan Ahmad el Abbas

Dila’iinterlude (1659 – 1663)

Mohammed al-Hajj ibn Abu Bakr al-Dila’i was the leader of the zaouia of Dila. He is the grandson of its Abu Bakr ibn Mohammed and sibling Abu Abdallah Mohammed al-Murabit al-Dila’i. He has announced sultan of Morocco in 1659, after the fall of the Saadi dynasty.

Mohammed al-Hajj was toppled in 1663 when it’s zawiyya lost Fes. He was crushed by the Alaouite sultan al-Rashid in 1668.

Alaouitedynasty (since 1666)

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The Alaouitedynasty is the name of the present Moroccan royal family. The name Alaouiteis from ʿAlī, Moulay Ali Cherif, the founder who got to be the prince of Tafilalt in 1631. His child Mulay r-Rshidunited the majority of present-day Morocco into a steady state. The Alaouite family is from the Islamic prophet Muhammad, through the line of Fāṭimahaz-Zahrah, Muhammad’s daughter, and her significant other, the fourth Caliph ʿAlī ibn AbīṬālib.

The Alaouites entered Morocco toward the end of the thirteenth century, when Al Hassan Addakhil, who then lived in the town of Yanbu in the Hedjaz, traveled to Morocco to be their imām. This was done with the expectation that, as Addakhil asserted to be descended from Mohammed, his presence would enhance their date palm crops on account of his barakah or “gift”. His relatives started to build their power in southern Morocco after the passing of the Saʻdī ruler Ahmad al-Mansur.

The kingdom was merged by Ismail Ibn Sharif who started to make a unified state notwithstanding resistance from local tribes. Since the Alaouites did not have the backing of Berber or Bedouin tribe, Isma’īl controlled Morocco through a multitude of black slaves. With these warriors, he drove the English from Tangiers (1684) and the Spanish from Larache in 1689. The solidarity of Morocco did not survive his passing — in the following force battles the tribes turned again into a political and military force, and it was just with Muhammad III (1757–1790) that the kingdom was unified one more. The thought of centralization was relinquished and the tribes permitted to safeguard their self-governance. On 20 December 1777, Morocco turned into the primary state to acknowledge the power of recently the autonomous United States.

Under Abderrahmane (1822–1859), Morocco went under the influence of the European forces. At the point when Morocco bolstered the development for Algerian autonomy from France drove by the Emir Abd al-Qadir, it endured a substantial defeat because of the French in 1844 and compelled to surrender its backing.

During the time of Muhammad IV (1859–1873) and Hassan I (1873–1894), the Alaouites attempted to encourage trade links, particularly with European nations and the US. The armed force and government were additionally modernized to combine control over the Berber and Bedouin tribes. In 1859, Morocco went to war with Spain. The freedom of Morocco was ensured at the Conference of Madrid in 1880, with France likewise increasing noteworthy influence over Morocco. Germany endeavored to counter the developing influence of French, prompting the First Moroccan Crisis of 1905–1906, and the Second Moroccan Crisis of 1911. Morocco turned into a French Protectorate through the Treaty of Fez in 1912. In the meantime, the Rif region of northern Morocco submitted to Spain.

European impact (c. 1830 – 1956)

The effective Portuguese endeavors to control the Atlantic coast in the fifteenth century did not influence Morocco’s interior. After the Napoleonic Wars, North Africa turned out to be progressively ungovernable from Istanbul by the Ottoman Empire. Accordingly, it turned into the pirate’s resort under local beys. The Maghreb additionally had far more prominent known riches than whatever remains of Africa, and its area close to the passage to the Mediterranean gave it vital significance. France demonstrated a solid enthusiasm for Morocco on 1830.

The Alaouite administration succeeded in keeping up the autonomy of Morocco in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, while different states in the district succumbed to French, Ottoman, or British control. In the last part of the nineteenth century, Morocco’s unsteadiness brought about European nations interceding to secure investments and to request financial concessions. The first few years of the twentieth century saw major discretionary endeavors by European forces, particularly France, to further its interests in the locale.

In the 1890s, the French administration and military in Algiers required the addition of the Gourara, the Tour and the Tidikelt, a compound that had been a piece of the Moroccan Empire for a long time before the landing of the French in Algeria.

An outfitted clash contradicted French nineteenth Corps Oran and Algiers divisions to the AïtKhabbash, a small amount of the AïtOunbguikhams of the Aït Atta confederation. The contention finished by the addition of the Touat-Gourara-Tidikelt complex by France in 1901.

Acknowledgment by the United Kingdom of France’s “range of prominence” in Morocco in the 1904 Entente Cordiale incited a German response; the 1905–1906 “crisis” was determined at the Algeciras Conference in 1906, which formalized France’s “unique position” and depended on policing of Morocco mutually to France and Spain.

French and Spanish protectorate (1912 – 1956)

A second “Moroccan crisis” grew tensions among the most powerful European nations and brought about the Treaty of Fez which was signed on March 30, 1912, and made Morocco a protectorate of France. By a second treaty marked by the French and Spanish heads of state, Spain has conceded a Zone of impact in northern and southern Morocco on November 27, 1912. The northern part turned into the Spanish protectorate in Morocco, while the southern part was ruled from El Aiun as a support zone between the Spanish Colony of Rio de Oro and Morocco. By the Tangier Protocol marked in December 1923, Tangier got exceptional status and turned into an international zone. The treaty of Fez set off the 1912 Fez riots.

The treaties did not lawfully deny Morocco of its status as a sovereign state, and the sultan remained the nation’s leader. Practically speaking, the sultan had no genuine force and the nation was ruled by a colonial government.

Under the protectorate, French government employees united themselves with the French settlers and with their supporters in France to keep any moves toward Moroccan independence. As conciliation continued, the French government concentrated on the misuse of Morocco’s mineral riches, the production of an advanced transportation framework, and the improvement of a modern farming industry adapted to the French market. A huge number of colons, or pilgrims, entered Morocco and obtained substantial tracts of the rich rural area.

Resistance to European control

The separatist Republic of the Rif was proclaimed on September 18, 1921, by the general population of the Rif. It was broken up by Spanish and French powers on May 27, 1926.

In December 1934, some nationalists, part members of Comitéd’ActionMarocaine, or Moroccan Action Committee (CAM), proposed a Plan of Reforms that required for a return to indirect rule as conceived by the Treaty of Fez, confirmation of Moroccans to government positions, and foundation of council representatives. CAM utilized daily paper publications, petitions, and individual appeals to French authorities to further its cause, yet these demonstrated insufficiently, and the strains made in the CAM by the collapse of the plan made it split. The CAM was reconstituted as a patriot political gathering to increase mass support for more radical requests, yet in 1937, the French stifled the party.

Nationalist political groups, which along these lines emerged under the French protectorate, based their contentions on Moroccan freedom on revelations, for example, the Atlantic Charter, a joint United States-British statement that put forward, in addition to other things, the privilege of all people groups to pick the type of government under which they live. The French power additionally confronted the restriction of the tribes — when the Berber were required to go under the purview of French courts in 1930, it expanded backing for the freedom movement.

Numerous Moroccan Goumiere, or indigenous officers in the French armed force, helped the Allies in both World War I and World War II. Amid World War II, the seriously separated nationalist movement turned out to be more cohesive. In any case, the nationalist’s conviction that an Allied triumph would make ready for autonomy was baffled. In January 1944, the Istiqlal (Independence) Party, which in this way gave the vast majority of the authority to the nationalist movement, discharged a proclamation requesting full autonomy, national reunification, and a popularity based constitution. The Sultan Muhammad V (1927–1961) had endorsed the declaration before its submission to the French resident general, who addressed that no fundamental change in the protectorate status was being considered. The general compassion of the sultan for the nationalists got to be apparent before the end of the war, in spite of the fact that despite everything he would have liked to see complete autonomy accomplished progressively. By complexity, the residency, bolstered by French monetary interests and energetically upheld by the greater part of the colons, resolvedly declined to consider even reforms short of freedom.

In December 1952, a mob transpired in Casablanca over the homicide of a Tunisian labor leader.This incident resulted from a watershed in relations between Moroccan political groups and French authorities. After the revolt, the residency prohibited the new Moroccan Communist Party and the Istiqlal.

France’s exile of the well-respected Sultan Mohammed V to Madagascar in 1953 and his substitution by the less popular Mohammed Ben Aarafa, started dynamic restriction to the French protectorate both from nationalists and the individuals who saw the sultan as a religious pioneer. After two years, confronted with a unified Moroccan interest for the sultan’s arrival and rising savagery in Morocco, and worsening circumstance in Algeria, the French government took Mohammed V back to Morocco, and the next year started the transactions that prompted Moroccan freedom.

Morocco’s Freedom (since 1956)

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In late 1955, Sultan Mohammed V effectively negotiated the steady rebuilding of Moroccan freedom inside a structure of French-Moroccan interdependence. The sultan consented to establish changes that would reform Morocco into a constitutional monarchy with a democratic government form. In February 1956, Morocco procured constrained home guideline. Further arrangements for full autonomy ended in the French-Moroccan Agreement on March 2, 1956which was signed in Paris.

On April 7, 1956, France officially handed over its dominion over Morocco. On October 29, 1956, the internationalized city of Tangier was reintegrated with the marking of the Tangier Protocol. The nullification of the Spanish protectorate and the acknowledgment of Moroccan freedom by Spain were arranged independently and made absolute in the Joint Declaration of April 1956. Through this concurrence with Spain in 1956 and another in 1958, Moroccan control over certain Spanish-ruled regions was reestablished. Endeavors to assert other Spanish belonging through military activity were less fruitful.

In the months after independence, Mohammed V continued to put together a modern administrative structure under a constitutional monarchy in which the sultan would practice a dynamic political role. Cautious in his actions, aim on keeping the Istiqlal from solidifying its control and building up a one-party state. In 1957, he accepted the monarchy.

Rule of Hassan II (1961 – 1999)

On March 3, 1961, Mohammed V’s child Hassan II got to be King of Morocco. His reign saw critical political unrest, and the merciless government reaction earned the period the name “the years of lead”. As prime minister, Hassan took individual control of the administration and named another cabinet. Supported by a council advisory, he created another constitution, which was endorsed overwhelmingly in a December 1962 referendum. Under its arrangements, the ruler remained the focal figure in the executive branch of the gov’t., however the power of legislation was vested in a bicameral parliament, and an independent judiciary was ensured.

Western Sahara Conflict (1974 – 1991)

In 1969, the Spanish enclave of Ifni in the south turned out to be a piece of the new state of Morocco yet other Spanish possession in the north, including Melilla, Ceuta, and Plaza de soberanía, stayed under Spanish control, with Morocco seeing them as inhabited territory.

Spain formally recognized the 1966 United Nations resolution in August 1974, requiring a referendum on Western Sahara’s future status, and asked for that a plebiscite be led under UN supervision. UN reported in October 1975 that a greater part of the Saharan people wanted freedom. Morocco challenged the proposed submission and took its case to the International Court of Justice at The Hague, which decided that in spite of recorded “ties of allegiance” amongst the tribes of Western Sahara and Morocco, there was no lawful defense for withdrawing from the UN position on self-determination. Spain, then, had proclaimed that even without a submission, it proposed to surrender political control of Western Sahara, and Morocco, Spain, and Mauritania gathered a tripartite meeting to determine the region’s future. Spain likewise declared that it was opening talks on independence with the Algerian-supported Saharan independence movement known as the Polisario Front.

In 1976, Spain surrendered the control of the Western Sahara to Mauritania and Morocco. Morocco accepted control over the northern 66% of the region and surrendered the rest of the segment in the south to Mauritania. A gathering of Saharan tribal leaders appropriately recognized Moroccan power. In any case, floated by the expanding defection of tribal chiefs to its cause, the Polisariomade up a constitution, and declared the creation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic or SADR, and itself established the government in exile.

The Moroccan government, in the end, sent an extensive part of its military forces into Western Sahara to go up against the Polisario’s armies, which were moderately few yet well prepared, very mobile, and clever. The Polisario utilized Algerian bases for brisk strikes against targets inside Mauritania and Morocco, and in addition to operations in Western Sahara. In August 1979, in the wake of loses in the military, Mauritania surrendered its claim to Western Sahara and made a peace bargain with the Polisario. Morocco then seized the whole region and, in 1985 created a 2,500-kilometer sand berm around seventy-five percent of Western Sahara.

In 1988, Morocco and the Polisario Front concurred on a United Nations (UN) peace arrangement, and a truce and settlement plan became effective in 1991. Despite the fact that the UN Security Council made a peacekeeping power to actualize a submission on self-determination for Western Sahara, it has yet to be held, intermittent transactions have fizzled, and the status of the domain stays uncertain.

The war against the Polisario guerrillas put serious stress on the economy, and Morocco got itself progressively disengaged strategically. Slow political changes in the 1990s ended in the established change of 1996, which made another bicameral governing body with extended, albeit still restricted, powers. Decisions for the Chamber of Representatives were held in 1997, apparently damaged by inconsistencies.

Rule of Mohammed VI (since 1999)

With the passing of King Hassan II of Morocco in 1999, the more liberal Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed took the honored position, adopting the title Mohammed VI. Soon after he took the position of royalty, Mohammed VI addressed his country through TV, promising to go up against corruption and poverty, while making employments and enhancing Morocco’s human rights record. He authorized succeeding reforms to modernize Morocco, and human rights record of the nation enhanced notably. One of King Mohammed VI’s first demonstrations was to free roughly 8,000 political detainees and diminish the sentences of another 30,000. He additionally settled a commission to remunerate the families of missing political militants plus others subjected to arbitrary detainment.

In September 2002, new administrative elections were held, and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces or USFP won a majority. Global eyewitnesses viewed the national elections as free and reasonable, taking note of the nonattendance of the irregularities that had tormented the election in 1997. In May 2003, out of appreciation for the son’s birth, the ruler requested 9,000 detainees to be released and the decrease of 38,000 sentences. Additionally, in 2003, Berber language instruction was presented in elementary schools, before presenting it at all education levels.

In February 2004, he passed another family code, or Mudawana, which allowed ladies more power.

On 9 March 2011, the King delivered a speech that states that parliament would get “new powers that authorize it to discharge its legislative, representative and regulatory mission”. What’s more, judiciary’s power was allowed more freedom from the King, who declared that he was impaneling a board of trustees of lawful scholars to create a draft constitution by June 2011. On July 1st, voters endorsed an arrangement of political changes proposed by Mohammed.

The reforms were the following:

The Berber language is an official state dialect alongside Arabic.

The state ensures and protects the Hassānīyalanguageas well as Moroccan cultures linguistic components.

The King has now the responsibility to designate the PM from the winning party in the parliamentary elections, yet it could be anyone from the triumphant party and not just the party’s leader. In the past, the king could choose anyone he needed for this position paying little respect to the election results. That was generally the situation when no party had a major favorable position over other parties, as far as the quantity of seats in the parliament.

The King is no more “holy or sacred” but the “integrity of his individual” is “inviolable”.

High diplomatic and administrative posts such as diplomats, CEOs of state-owned organizations, provincial and regional governors, are currently named by the PM and the ministerial council which is presided by the king;

The PM will supervise the Council of Government, which readies the general policy of the state.

The parliament has the authority of giving amnesty.

The legal system is free from the executive and legislative branch, the king ensures this autonomy. Ladies are ensured “social and civic” equality with men. In the past, “political equality” was the only thing assured, though the 1996 constitution grants all citizens equality in terms of rights before the law.

The King holds complete control over the military and the legal and also matters relating to foreign policy and religion; the ruler additionally holds the power to select and dismiss PMs.

Every citizen has the freedom of ideas, thoughts, imaginative expression and creation. In the past, only free speech and the freedom of association and circulation were guaranteed.Still, criticizing or directly opposing the king is punishable with prison.

King Mohammed VI has one sibling, Prince MoulayRachid, and three sisters: Princess LallaAsma, Princess LallaMeryem, and Princess LallaHasna. On March 21, 2002, Mohammed wedded Salma Bennani (now H.R.H. Princess Lalla Salma) in Rabat. Bennani was allowed the individual title of Princess with the title of Her Royal Highness on her marriage. They have two kids – Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, who was conceived onMay 82003, and Princess Lalla Khadija, who was conceived on 28 February 2007.

The Morocco king’s birthday is on 21 August is a public holiday, however, that celebrations were scratched off upon the passing of his auntie in 2014.



A Look Into Casablanca’s Past

Hailed as the biggest city in the Kingdom of Morocco, Casablanca is situated in the center west portion of the nation on the Atlantic Ocean. Considered as the biggest place in the Maghreb, the city is additionally one of the biggest and most significant metropolitan in Africa, in terms of finance and in demographics.

The city is the country’s primary harbor and 1 of the biggest economic center in the region of Africa. According to 2012 survey, the city has a populace of around 4 million. Casablanca is viewed as the financial and business district of the country, while the capital is Rabat.

Top local organizations and global companies working have their central station and primary facilities in the city. Latest industrial figures indicate the city holds its rank being a prime economic district of the nation. The Port of Casablanca is one of the biggest man-made ports on the planet, and the biggest port of Northern Africa. It is likewise the main maritime base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.


The first name of Casablanca was Anfa, in Berber dialect in 7th c. BC. Later when Portugal conquered Anfa in the fifteenth c. AD, they reconstructed it, shifting its title to Casa Branca. It comes from the Portuguese word mix signifying “White House”. Its current Spanish name came when the Portuguese empire was incorporated into the Spanish empire. Amid the French colonial period in the country, the term became Casablanca. In the eighteenth century, a quake devastated the greater part of the place. It was reconstructed by the Sultan who changed the name into the neighborhood Arabic which is A-ddar Al Baidaa, albeit Arabic likewise has its own particular form of the city. Casablanca is still called Casa by numerous local and foreign people. While other communities with other vernacular, it is known as A-ddar Al-Bida.

An acclaimed lane in Casablanca, the Anfa Boulevard is, for the most part, deemed as Casablanca’s “old original city”; legitimately a region with 0.5 million residents.

Early history

Casablanca was established and set up by Berbers in the seventh c. BC. It was utilized as a harbor by the Phoenicians and eventually the Romans. In his book Wasf Afriquia, Al-Hassan al-Wazzan called the early Casablanca as “Anfa”, an vast city established in the Berber kingdom of Barghawata in 744 AD. Al-Wazzan trusted Anfa was the wealthiest town on the coast of Atlantic in view of its rich land.”

By this period, Barghawata became an autonomous state, and proceeded until it was dominated in 1068 by the Almoravids. Taking after the loss of the Barghawata in the twelfth century, Arab people of Hilal and Sulaym ancestry resided in the district, blending with the neighboring Berbers, which prompted to a worldwide Arabicizing. Amid the fourteenth c., under the Merinids, Anfa has risen as a significant harbor. The remainder of the Merinids was expelled via well-known revolt in 1465.

Portuguese invasion & Spain’s influence

Beginning of the fifteenth century, the township turned into an autonomous state again, and developed as an open port for pirates, prompting to it being a target of Portuguese, who attacked the city which prompted to its devastation in 1468. The Portuguese utilized the remains of Anfa to set up a military fort in 1515. The community that lived up around it was identified as Casa Branca, signifying “white house” in Portuguese.

Somewhere around 1580 & 1640, the Crown of Portugal was incorporated to the Crown of Spain, so Casablanca and every single other zone taken by Portugal were under Spain’s control, however keeping up a self-ruling Portuguese government. As Portugal softened ties with Spain up 1640, Casablanca went under completely Portugal’s dominion once more. The Europeans, in the long run, left the region totally in 1755 after a seismic tremor which pulverized the majority of the town.

The community was at long last rebuilt by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah, the grandson of Moulay Ismail and a supporter of George Washington, with the assistance of Spaniards from the adjacent emporium. The place was called الدار البيضاء ad Dār al-Bayḍāʼ, the Arabic interpretation of the Spanish Casa Blanca.

France’s invasion

In the nineteenth century, the zone’s populace started to increase as it turned into a noteworthy provider of fleece to the thriving business of textiles in Britain and transportation movement expanded. By the 1860s, there were about five thousand occupants, and the populace increased to around ten thousand by 1880s. The city continued as a meager sized harbor, with a populace stretching about twelve thousand in a couple of time of France’s rule and coming of French colonialists in the city, at first government in a sovereign sultanate, in 1906. In 1921, this has risen to a hundred ten thousand, generally through the improvement of small crudely built houses.

French regime

In 1907, France endeavored to construct a light railroad close to the harbor, going through a memorial park. The local people protested resulting in riots which caused some soldiers to be injured and 1 general to be executed. Accordingly, the French responded by ship, attacking Casablanca from the shore which brought about serious harm to the area leaving fifteen thousand killed and injured. The French asserted that it was to re-establish stability. This successfully started the procedure of colonization, albeit France’s dominion over the city was not official til 1910. Under France’s regime, Muslim anti-Jewish uprisings happened in 1908.

The popular classic movie Casablanca, featuring Humphrey Bogart emphasized Casablanca’s impressive standing at the time, portraying the city as the setting of a battle for control among contending European forces. The movie has a multinational line of actors.

Europeans made up a large portion of the populace. During the 1950s, the city was the main center of anti-French revolt. A rebel act on Christmas of 1953 brought death to sixteen people.


World War II

The American-British attack of French N. Africa amid N. African campaign of World War 2 called Operation Torch began on 8th of Nov. 1942.

The US assaulted at 3 distinct areas in French N. Africa, included of 3 being the landings at Casablanca in light of its significant harbor and the main admin centers.

The city was an essential key harbor amid World War 2 and in 1943 facilitated the Casablanca Conference which Roosevelt and Churchill talked about the war development. Casablanca has been the spot of a huge US air base, a platform space for all US air jets for the European Theater of Operations amid World War 2.


In Oct. 1930, Casablanca facilitated a Grand Prix, organized at the new Anfa Racecourse. In 1958, the competition was conducted at Ain-Diab circuit. On March 2, 1956, the Kingdom of Morocco obtained autonomy from French. In 1983, the city facilitated the Mediterranean Games. Casablanca is presently advancing its tourism sector. The city has turned into the financial and business center of the country, while Rabat is the political capital.

In early months of 2000, sixty plus females planned protests in the city proposing changes to the legitimate status of females in Morocco. Around forty thousand females went, requiring a restriction on polygamy and the presentation of law on divorce being religious process only around that time. In spite of the fact that the counterdemonstration pulling in .5 million who participated, the advancement for change began in 2000 was persuasive on King Mohammed VI, and he ordered another family law, in 2004, taking care of women’s rights activists.

On 16th of May of 2003, thirty-three regular citizens were murdered and a hundred plus individuals were harmed when the city was battered by a numerous rebel acts made by Moroccans who according to others are connected to feared rebel groups. A sequence of violence threatened the city of Casablanca in 2007. These groups have brought fear to the community.

In 2011, when cries for reformation stretched through the Arab region, Moroccans participated, however, concessions by the ruler prompted to acknowledgment. In any case, in December, a huge number of locals protested in different areas of Casablanca, particularly the downtown area close la Fontaine, craving more noteworthy political changes.

Casablanca Climate and Topography

The city is situated in the Chawiya Plain which has in the olden times been the breadbasket of the country. Aside from the Atlantic coast, the forest of Bouskoura is merely Casablanca’s nature attraction. The wood was sown in the twentieth century and comprises for the most part of eucalyptus, palm, and pine trees. It is found halfway to the city’s international air terminal.

Oued Bouskoura is the only waterway in the city, a little occasional brook that til 1912 extended the Atlantic Ocean close to the harbor. The vast majority of our Bouskoura’s bed has been sheltered because of urbanization and just a portion of the south of El Jadida street is seen. The next stable waterway to the city is Oum Rabia running at 43.50 miles to the southeast.


The city has a hot summer Mediterranean atmosphere. The chill Canary Current off the Atlantic shore controls temperature variety, which brings about an atmosphere strikingly like that of seaside LA, with comparable temperature ranges. Casablanca has a yearly ave. of seventy-two days with huge precipitation, which adds up to 412 millimeters every year. The maximum temperatures documented in Casablanca are 40.5 degrees Celsius and −2.7 degrees Celsius. The most elevated measure of precipitation documented in a day is 178 millimeter on 30 November 2010.

Casablanca Economy

The Grand Casablanca area is viewed as the engine of the advancement of the Moroccan economy. It pulls in 32 percent of the nation’s generation units & fifty-six percent of industry work. The locale utilizes 30 percent of the country’s power generation. With 93 billion Moroccan dirhams, the district adds to 44 percent of the industrial production of Morocco. Around 33 percent of national manufacturing exports, 27 billion MAD originates from the Grand Casablanca; 30 percent of the Moroccan banking system is centered in Casablanca.

A standout amongst an essential Casablanca export is phosphate. Some sectors incorporate angling, canning, sawmills, furniture making, construction materials, glass, fabrics, hardware, leather, sodas, and the cigarette.

The activity at Casablanca & Mohammedia seaports speaks to half of the global business flows of the country. Practically the whole Casablanca waterfront is being constructed, primarily the development of big amusement centers amid the harbor and Hassan II Mosque, the Anfa Resort close to the business, amusement and living center of Megarama, the shopping and amusement center of Morocco Mall, and also a total remodel of the beach front walkway. The Sindbad park is designed to be completely transformed with games, rides, and amusements services.

Regal Air Maroc has its main workplace at the Casablanca – Anfa Airport. In 2004, it declared that it was transferring its main office from the city to an area in Province of Nouaceur, near Mohammed V Int’l Airport. The consent to construct the main office in Nouaceur was marked in 2009.

The greatest Commercial Business District of Casablanca & Maghreb is seen in the North of the city in Sidi Maarouf close to the mosque of Hassan II and the greatest venture of high rise buildings of Maghreb & Africa Casablanca Marina.


Historical Background of Morocco’s Casablanca

Casablanca’s existence started being a Berber community sometime past 3,000 years, way earlier than when the Romans claimed the territory soon ahead of the passing of Emperor Augustus. They had effectively built the port of Anfa for sometime and would keep on operating around Casablanca until the fifth century.

By the eighth century, the Berber empire of Barghawata had assumed control of Anfa, succeeded by the Amoravids in the eleventh century. The community got to be essential again under another Berber empire, the Merinids, who utilized it as a key port.

The Portuguese dominated and demolished it in 1468 AD because of its connections to piracy, then created a fortification in the sixteenth century. The community that built around it was known as Casa Branca, however, the Portuguese were under continuous assault from nearby tribes and are thought to have surrendered the town after a seismic tremor in 1755.

The medina was constructed by Casablanca’s new leader, Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, during 1770. It was believed that the Spanish people have supported the development of the fortifications. In the nineteenth century, Casablanca progressed by means of trading with Europe, until France’s invasion the beginning of the twentieth century.

Under the French territory, Casablanca expanded into a metropolis of 100,000 in the 1920s. The ambition of French service leader Marshal Lyautey started a monstrous half-century task that re-constructed Casablanca and its offices until they surpassed those of Marseille, the port that had been the motivation.

As romanticized in the well-known movie featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca was a vital key port town in WWII. In 1943, the acclaimed Anfa Conference occurred here, where Churchill and Roosevelt talked about the advance of the war.

In 1956, Morocco obtains its freedom from France, however, Casablanca kept up its royal flair and is acknowledged as one of the nation’s most European urban communities. It has developed into the economic center of Morocco, where most trade is carried out and has as of late tried to build up the tourism business. This has, to a limited extent, prompted to enormous redesign labors on the medina.

Interesting Facts

  • Despite being set in Casablanca, none of the eponymous 1942 movies was shot in the Kingdom of Morocco.
  • Due to the era under France’s regime, Casablanca features many of the most world’s exceptional craftsmanship deco structural design. In the mean time, the Habous area was an endeavor by the French to join Moroccan style with French standards, making for a lovely artificial medina.
  • Built somewhere around 1986 to 1993, Hassan II Mosque is maybe the finest contemporary case of Islamic engineering. It was to a limited extent considered to give work to a large number of conventional artisans.

Architectural Tour of Casablanca

The city was a center of present day engineering amid the twentieth century. During the 1900s it turned into the world’s 2nd city, following New York City’s 1916 zoning law, to take on a thorough masterplan for city improvement. Til the 1950s different versions of the modern & Art Deco designs were strongly adopted by Casablanca’s designers and tenants alike. Back then, the metropolis was promoted as a French America, an adaptation of Chicago, place of hasty innovation which hurled high rises.

While Casablanca’s advanced contemporary city plan & engineering were absolutely molded by colonialism, the design created amid that time ought to likewise be regarded as a major aspect of Morocco’s cultural legacy. Part of the targets of Casamémoire, a civil society based on Casablanca, is to cultivate a familiarity with this legacy, and a few individuals at Al Akhawayn Univ. were glad to take an interest in the current year’s Journées du patrimoine.

Volunteers from Journées du patrimoine conducts tour guides of Casablanca’s heritage buildings. Shows, exhibitions, film viewing and meetings on architectural arts are additionally conducted over the city. Said Ennahid, a professor and archeologist who lectures Islamic art history at AUI, was resolved to engage students.

The walking tour began on Place Mohammed V, previously called Place Administrative, which name has changed frequently. This huge open plaza was the presentation of the architecture style supported by Resident Lyautey, a design lately called neo-Moroccan. Lyautey  himself supervised the construction of structures positioned round the plaza, and he persuaded the planners he employed to think past the case of Orientalist engineering up to this point used in French North Africa. Moroccan themes, plans, items & artistry were to be re-evaluated inside the application of the design function then developing in Europe. The outcome, on Place Administrative, is a phenomenal show of the best quality design structure. The extravagantly supported community structures are produced using the best building materials and were planned to a lavish extent and with keen concentration to elements. At present, entry to these structures is exceptionally limited, so the yearly open house presents the main chance to go see them, and snap boundless photographs!

The Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) is currently the Wilaya, the headquarters of the Regional administration. It was planned by Marius Boyer and was finished in 1927.

The outside border of the Hôtel de Ville is native gray sandstone. A broad frieze of green zellij denotes the rooftop line. A clock towers over the structure. This has been Casablanca’s 2nd clock tower, after the Tour de l’horloge. Keeping appropriate time was an essential piece of the colonial agenda.

The Hôtel de Ville has arranged around 3 gardens. Artworks by Majorelle (1859-1926) displayed in its marble stairwells. Royal rooms on the exceptionally grand upper floor incorporate the chairman’s office and Hall of Honor, where civil unions are done.

The nearby Palais de Justice (Court House), constructed in 1922, has a colossal exterior on the plaza, with an incredible focal entrance prompting to two sectioned displays on the core floor.

Next building is the city office of the Bank al-Maghrib, the government bank drafted by Edmond Brion and was finished in 1937.

In the middle of 1930s, the neo-Moroccan venture had carried on with planners working in the city’s private division. Earth-tones were substituted with brilliant greens and blues in the zellij work. Everything was expensive, halls adorned with fine marbles, others in costly wood framing with stunning Art Deco marquetterie.

Bank al-Maghrib indicates the edge amid Casablanca’s civic administrative center and its’ Central Business Area. As non-public division benefactors of splendid engineering, the banks accepted the soul of the official neo-Moroccan style. Huge numbers of their structures were absolute contemporary, with no citation to traditional European or Oriental designs.

Other business structures, offices, retail chains, and movie theaters, embraced the neo-Moroccan themes to Art Deco.

Casablanca’s business district is a life exhibition of Art Deco, modern, Mediterranean, French, and Moroccan. Firm as these structures, many need renovation, or if nothing else of repairs.

Strolling downtown Casablanca takes you to Passage Sumica, included in the city’s celebrated pedestrian galleries. Constructed in the ‘30s Passage Glaoui, Passage Tazi, and others go through city community, connecting the walkways of the bustling business boulevards on every side. They permit road level foot traffic to enter directly through the community, giving extra access to structures above, and expanding the business area and facade. They were modern facilities for the developing city. Aside from stalls, passages have coffeehouses and offer access to inns, films and other anchors of the sort of walking customer flaneur modernity Casablanca got to be well known for.

The Asayag Building was the embodiment of present day urban living. City planner Marius Boyer, got rid of the wet internal courtyards that exemplified thick urban blocs. Dilapidated as it seems, the Assayag Building must even now be a fantastic spot to dwell in. The penthouses at the highest point of the building start on the 8th flr and ascend in patios two extra floors. Flats were outlined with the new customer in view, a young professional or couple with no kids. They were not intended for families. They had open multilevel plans and extended in size from studios to multistory penthouses. In that capacity, occupants may have automobiles, the Asayag and other huge condo buildings in the main neighborhoods had basement parking.

For the ancient city tour, take a sight of Dar al-Makhzen. The adjacent mosque is said to be the oldest working mosque in Casablanca. You can also check out Friday Mosque, called the Old al-Hamra Mosque, and to the neighboring Residence of Lyautey. The Residence is presently the home of Casablanca division of the Union Marocaine du Travail, one of Morocco’s biggest and most established labor unions.

A volunteer guide may take you to the Ettedgui Synagogue, a private synagogue which even now belongs to the Ettedgui family, even if the family is not residing in Morocco. You can continue he tour to the Spanish Church, which the government of Spain lately turned over control of this congregation to Morocco. The Church structures are being renovated and will serve as a center for the community.


Habous and the Mahkama

The Habous neighborhood was constructed during the 1920s to accommodate the city’s developing common laborers. It was put up alongside the new Royal Palace. Albert Laprade led broad field investigations of Morocco’s urban architecture before he embarked to outline the vicinity in 1917. The actual construction of the area, which proceeded into the 1930s, was done by Laprade’s associates Auguste Cadet and Edmond Brion. Moroccan spatial compositions and themes guided each size of the plan. This modern community is an awesome setting of conventional structural devises: rear ways, entryways, curves at every turn. It is vivid and exceptionally tasteful. Furthermore, it is extraordinary engineering. Made from sturdy materials at the human scale, everything about the urban planning was painstakingly outlined and carried out.

Comparatively with Essaouira (otherwise known as Mogador) in the utilization of sandstone trim on white walls. However, Sidi Mohamed b. Abdellah forced straight wide boulevards on eighteenth century Essaouira, Laprade impressed beautiful viewpoints in Habous.

The Habous neighborhood is an interesting display of end of century craftsmanship. The model made no replicas. But, the industrial grounds in innovation won over the artists. Minimalist lodging   built in bulk described most succeeding neighborhoods for laborers, like Habitations Carrières Central. Additionally, the technocratic top-down down preparation approach, in charge of the outline of each and every corner and crevice in Habous, was inconsistent with the kind of customary building procedures which “naturally” created the corners of Morocco’s genuine urban design.

The Habous district did not achieve its proposed social gathering. Instead of working families getting reasonable lodging, Habous turned into the must-have address of the Moroccan nobles, and of the Fassi high society specifically, who acknowledged access to a Friday mosque and to the adjacent palace. The center point of Muslim Casablanca amid the colonial period, with its cafés and book shops, Habous is still viewed as the embodiment of the present Muslim urbanity. The souks composed by Laprade are experts in the finest Moroccan arts. Habous is the place Baydawiya brides go looking for all their wedding things.

Habous is additionally renowned for other amazing features of artworks and crafts, the Mahkama, or “tribunal.” The Mahkama is an incredible urban royal residence which took 10 years to finish. It’s one of a kind. Based on an incline, it seems to rise over Habous area. It can be accessed through huge door gateways.

In Mahkama, the pasha’s “offices” are considered as an Alhambra. Sunlit courts glimmer with white stucco creation. Similarly, as with the stucco work, the craftsmanship on the cedar wood roofs is detailed perfectly. Everything is genuine! The best-skilled workers were employed as well as highest quality items were utilized. It’s an uncommonly refined restoration of Alhambra design, at life-size scale, with the supreme items.

It’s questionable if Mahkama ever filled its use as the workplaces of the Pasha of Casablanca, or what legislative office it serves today. But good thing, in Journées du patrimoine, people, in general, may take a glance at this gem.

From Habous the tour for the bildi (common laborers) area of Hay Mohammadi. Included in the biggest companies in this area was the butcher house, les abattoirs. The city office by the rail yards was constructed by Georges-Ernest Desmarest and Albert Greslin in 1922. It was intended to the best standard of sanitation and for industrialized efficiency. It shut in 2000. In 2008 a union of arts and culture affiliations, like Casamémoire, acquired the privilege to reconvert this brown field site.

From 2009 the Abattoirs are a fabrique culturelle or culture factory. The key building comprises of an immense lobby. Light passes through rooftop openings and inside partitions are short. The foundation of the columns and the divisions are adorned in sturdy white tile. Given its initial intention, the office is furnished with modern pulleys, power, braces and pipes. There are additionally huge outdoor sections and numerous building subsidiaries. The Abattoirs present ideal creation and exhibit areas for visual & theater performers. Until further notice, just a little part of the immense office is being utilized.

Aside from the bistro set, other design component seen in the Casablanca film isn’t right. The Casablanca offered to the U.S. film viewers by Warner Bro’s. in the fall of 1942 was shot totally in three distinctive Hollywood studios. Doesn’t have anything to do with the bold developed city. Differentiate the Hollywood adaptation of the city w/ Jean Vidal’s “Salut Casa” of ten years after. The film for “Casablanca”, and the sets, called for Tangiers. The film was hurriedly edited again to correspond with the US arrivals in North Africa and the Casablanca Conference of January 1943.

However the movie, Casablanca, & that period are currently the stuff of legend, a romantic modern war frayed times. Furthermore, the Rick’s cafe delightfully let its customers experience classic romance. The genuine Rick’s Café is in the best tradition of between-wars languor, lavish yet personal, and altogether soaked in jazz. Kathy Kriger’s restaurant, which began in 2004, is a tasteful addition to Casablanca by night, & may be comfortable in the city of grandma’s time.

Years ago, wandering photographers would take photographs of people walking on the streets. Photographers then gave a paper with their contact information. The individuals who want a copy of the photographs went to the picture taker a couple days after and paid for the photographs they needed. It’s difficult to envision such politeness between outsiders on the walkways of any big city today.

The photographs taken by these photographers are very much familiar in the photo albums of the people of Casablanca during that period, as was showcased in VH magazine where it dedicated an issue to the Golden Age of Casablanca. Casablanca’s present day architecture has been highlighted Royal Air Maroc’s in-flight magazine and other glossy prints as well.

Starting November 1942, Casablanca was flooded with Americans. The Americans adored the city and the feeling was mutual.

The Modern Casablanca

The city of Casablanca was given its much-deserved spotlight in the film similar to the city’s name featuring Hollywood star Humphrey Bogart. The place’s actual establishment was in 1906 and had a populace of roughly 20,000 individuals. At present, the city prides its populace of more than 4 million and, as the main reflection of the Kingdom of Morocco, it takes after a Southern European city more than whatever remains of the urban areas in the nation itself. Casablanca is presumably the most liberal and dynamic of the greater part of Morocco’s urban areas and it is normal to see young ladies clad in branded products and men brandishing suit, ties, and satchels.

Otherwise called Dar el Baida or just Casa, the city of Casablanca is the capital city of Morocco. It is the primary passageway and exit for most travel guests to the nation, whether coming from Europe or the United States of America. With a lot of spots to settle on any budget plan inside and around the city, guests will discover it a great vacation spot that includes some shopping, food adventures, a lot of night life and a considerable measure of unwinding.

The modern Casablanca is the country’s center in all means except ceremonial. The booming city is the nation’s biggest, with a populace running to 4 million, the dominant part of whom are just first or second era occupants. Casa, as the city is famously called, is the new city, having developed from a little town with less than a thousand populations just 150 years back. The pilgrims are coming even up to present, drawn by the desire for finding a vocation, lodging, and a superior life than what provincial Morocco can offer. Some successfully make their fortune and the better standard of living on Casa’s boulevards and in its in vogue bars and foodie hangouts give the impression of a city in southern Europe.

For explorers, modern and cosmopolitan Casa never disappoint. The veil is hardly observed here, and the blending of men and ladies is the most open of anyplace in the country. With its little medina without any of the unusual environment of the nation’s better-known old urban communities and a shortage of sights bar the fabulous Hassan II Mosque, numerous explorers go through Casa with just a short peek or even avoid the city totally. The individuals, who stay, in any case, discover the city develops on them, offering a decent selection of fine eateries, a couple spots to relax and appreciate a drink, and a buzz of a city stepping forward.

Tourists from N. America or Europe will not likely to encounter any problem in the city. Aside from the fact that Casablanca, being the main population center and heart of trade, most of the area is less than fifty years old and might simply be confused for LA or Madrid. In Morocco, food is very much like European taste, with pizzas and hamburgers as frequent as tajines and couscous. In other parts of the city like Maarif and Gironde districts, getting a glimpse of a man in a djellaba or a donkey pulling a cart of vegetables are uncommon. If even the trappings of Moroccan culture such as these are too much for you, any hotel bar or restaurant is going to be just like home for a few hours.

The easygoing explorer, generally limited to the downtown area, won’t be presented to quite a bit of this inner conflict. Traveler and business leader Mohamed Dekkak of Morocco stated that Casablanca’s downtown area is encountering a miniboom, with new inns going up, old ones being revamped, and a perpetually growing food scene. There’s most likely Casablanca does not have the appeal of some different urban areas and districts, yet taken for what it is, this present day city could be viewed as a genuine impression of today’s Morocco.