• Innovative Moroccan Designer Wins Two World Architecture Awards in Paris
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    Innovative Moroccan Designer Wins Two World Architecture Awards in Paris

    Rabat - Moroccan architect Lotfi Sidirahal has won two world awards of Prix Versailles in the category of Hotels and Restaurants. Sidirahal won Prix Versailles for his design of Anantara Jabal Akhdar Resort in Oman, and a special prize for his design of Villa Gapi in Casablanca. A graduate of the French architecture l’École Spéciale...

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  • Agadir to Host 14th Annual Timitar Festival in July
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    Agadir to Host 14th Annual Timitar Festival in July

    Rabat - More than 40 Moroccan and international musicians will attend the 14th annual Timitar Festival, which will be held in Agadir between July 5 and 8. Under the theme of “Amazigh artists greet the world music,” the festival will gather together Moroccan and international artists to perform their music in a coastal environment. Notable...

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  • Famous French Singer Maitre Gims Performs Omra in Mecca
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    Famous French Singer Maitre Gims Performs Omra in Mecca

    Rabat -  Famous French-Congolese Singer Gandhi Djuna, commonly known as Maitre Gims, has shared on social media pictures of him in Mecca where he went to perform omra (minor pilgrimage). Gims, who converted to Islam in 2004, is seen wearing a Moroccan gandora and Gulf countries’ national attire. Saoudien Style ? Une publication partagée par...

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  • Tangier, The Mecca for All Artistic Souls
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    Tangier, The Mecca for All Artistic Souls

    By Chaymaa Benallouch Rabat - A gateway to Africa and the Mediterranean, Tangier is located in northern Morocco and guards the strait of Gibraltar. At the crossroad of Europe and Africa, it is one of Morocco’s most culturally rich cities. The city is a melting pot of cultures and influences. Its old medina with narrow streets, its beautiful...

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  • British Film Week Arrives in Rabat
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    British Film Week Arrives in Rabat

    By Chaimaa Zahaar Rabat - The British Film Week film will organize in its 2017 edition the projection of classics movies of the 1940s. After the kicking off last week in Casablanca, the event starts Monday, June 19 in Rabat. The British Film Week is back to support initiatives for cultural revitalization during the holy...

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  • Breaking Fast on the Beach: An Unforgettable Ramadan Experience in Rabat
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    Breaking Fast on the Beach: An Unforgettable Ramadan Experience in Rabat

    By Jenna Kleinwort Rabat - Moroccans have come up with different ways and traditions of breaking the fast in Ramadan. One popular alternative to having the standard iftar in the family house is moving it to the beach. The beach in front of the stunning walls of the old town of the Oudayas is one...

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  • Tourist Visits to Morocco Increase by 3.7%: Ministry of Tourism 
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    Iftar on the Beach: A Moroccan Tradition

    Rabat - Speeding along the coastline and watching as the orange sun slowly sinks toward the ocean I feel like we would not be out of place in California. After all, the palm tree lined boulevard and the promise of a long night have set the mood only to be completed by the American pop...

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  • President of Paris Institut du Monde Arabe: Future of Morocco-France relations 'bright'
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    Jack Lang: Future of Morocco-France relations 'Bright'

    By Chaymaa Benallouch Rabat - Jack Lang, the President of the Paris Institut du Monde Arabe, French politician and former French Minister of Culture, was optimistic about relations between Morocco and France under Emmanuel Macron in a recent interview with the Maghreb Arabe Presse. Lang said that French president Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Morocco was...

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  • Princess Lalla Salma Shows Brigitte Macron Picasso Exhibition
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    Princess Lalla Salma Shows Brigitte Macron Picasso Exhibition

    Rabat - On the invitation of Princess Lalla Salma and Princess Lalla Oum Keltoum, French first lady Brigitte Macron visited the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) in Rabat on Wednesday. The trio visited “Face à Picasso”, a temporary exhibition opened to the public on May 17, which features a chronological journey...

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  • Moroccan Documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ selected for South African Film Festival
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    Moroccan Documentary ‘Behind Closed Doors’ selected for South African Film Festival

    Rabat - The 8th annual Durban FilmMart will take place in Durban South Africa from July 14 to 17 and will feature films from across Africa. This year, the Moroccan documentary, Behind Closed Doors, will be among the films showcased at the festival. Behind Closed Doors portrays a farming family living in northern Morocco where...

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  • Yves Saint Laurent Museum to Open in Marrakech
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    Yves Saint Laurent Museum to Open in Marrakech

    Rabat - A museum dedicated to fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent will open in Marrakech this October, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation has announced. Covering an area of 4,000m2, the Marrakech museum will have a permanent exhibition space displaying Laurent’s work, a room for temporary exhibitions, a 130-seat auditorium, a café-restaurant, a bookshop and...

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  • Moroccan golden dunes of Merzouga
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    Sand from Merzouga at the Heart of Exhibition in Sao Paulo

    By Chaimaa Zahaar Rabat - Sand from Merzouga, a small village in southeastern Morocco, and that of other regions of the world are the subject of a scientific exhibition which has just opened at the Science and Technology Park (CIENTEC) of The University of São Paulo (USP). The São Paulo University Science Exhibition, entitled "Sands of...

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    Prison Break Fifth Season Shot in Rabat, Casablanca and Ouarzazate 

    Rabat - Prison Break’s comeback after seven years has delighted fans across the world, but in particular those in Morocco – the fifth season was shot in Rabat, Casablanca and Ouarzazate. From March 28 to June 17, 2016, the fifth season of the American series created by Paul T Sheuring was filmed in various locations across the...

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    Mediterranean Film and Human Rights Association to Spotlight Right to Education at National Library

    Rabat - The Association of Mediterranean Film and Human Rights Meetings (ARMCDH) will organize the sixth annual “All Nighter Cinema Human Rights” on June 16 and 17 at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco (BNRM), under theme of the “right to education.” After having underlined the Arab Spring in 2012, Women's Rights in...

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  • Rabat to Host International Design Conference Late June
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    Rabat to Host International Design Conference Late June

    Rabat - Over 300 people will take part in the fourth annual World Design Talks, held in Rabat June 28 to 30. Titled “Responsible Consumption and Production”, the event aims to create a place in which to inspire and mobilize the design and innovation community. The conference will encourage conversations between decision-makers and will highlight...

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  • The Fuel of Ramadan Favourite Moroccan Dishes
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    The Fuel of Ramadan: Favourite Moroccan Dishes

    Rabat - Millions of Moroccans are preparing for the onset of Ramadan, 30 days of pious fasting in adherence to the Quran. Sixteen hours a day of fasting needs the proper fuel for a month of sustenance. Morocco has no shortage of traditional favourites to please any Ramadan-inspired appetite. Each day throughout the holy month, from...

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  • Chella ruins, Rabat MoroccoChella ruins, Rabat Morocco
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    Rabat’s Ancient Ruins and their Modern Guardians: Cats and Storks

    By Tyler Brock Rabat - When you enter the ancient ruins of Chellah, you can see some of the greatest architecture in the ancient world. Corinthian columns spread across these historic grounds. Dismembered statues of human figures lay scattered in their final resting place. Horseshoe arches give way to intricate structures it's hard to believe were...

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  • Sidi Abderrahmane El-Majdoub Festival Celebrates Moroccan Musical Heritage
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    Sidi Abderrahmane El-Majdoub Festival Celebrates Moroccan Musical Heritage

    By Chaymaa Benallouch Rabat - Sidi Abderrahmane El-Majdoub Festival has opened its 4th edition from  June 6 to 10. The festival is hosted by the Association of the Meknes Forum for Culture and Development during every Ramadan, since 2013. It is intended to contribute to the cultural revitalization of the city of Meknes. The Forum aims...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...