• 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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  • Tenderfoots on Toubkal
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    Tenderfoots on Toubkal

    By Cosima Schelfhout Rabat - After living in the Maghreb for almost four months, we had one weekend left, and we wanted to make the most of it. Our female pack of 6 squeezed into a manual VW Jetta, and drove south, towards Toubkal National Park. We, with our windbreakers, Nikes and naïve enthusiasm, were going...

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  • Visual Artist Rafiee Ghani Captures Moroccan Landscapes in Watercolor
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    Visual Artist Rafiee Ghani Captures Moroccan Landscapes in Watercolor

    Rabat - Adventures in Wonderland, a new solo exhibit by visual artist Rafiee Ghani, depicts Morocco’s colorful landscapes in abstract watercolors. Rafiee, a veteran visual artist based in Malaysia, has frequently been inspired by his travels. Indeed, Adventures in Wonderland catalogues the places he visited during a month-long solo trip in Morocco. Morocco and North...

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  • ramadan in morocco
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    Ramadan: Traditions That Comfort, Phenomena That Inspire

    Toronto - There can be a certain comfort in tradition, however rigid the motivation for it. For Muslims around the world, Ramadan presents a set of compulsory observances but it has also been the inspiration for a collection of traditions and phenomena that each community has come to hold dear. Morocco is no different. To...

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  • Popular Ramadan Foods around the World
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    Visiting Morocco During Ramadan; What To Expect

    Toronto - For anyone unfamiliar with the lunar calendar followed by Muslims throughout the world, Ramadan falls during the ninth month, to honour the month when the Quran was first revealed. If you are in Morocco for Ramadan, here are a few things which you may find helpful. What Does Ramadan Mean? According to Muslim history,...

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  • Asilah, Morocco. Photo Courtesy Mohammed Hassim
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    Asilah, Tour inside Paradise Beach

    By Cosima Schelfhout Rabat - We liked Asilah before we’d even really gotten to it. After wandering off the sign-less, stair-less train platform, we trudged along the highway under the weight of our backpacks and the heat of the sun. We walked towards Asilah’s ancient stone facade, planted in the distance, and as the sea cooled...

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo’s Family Members Enjoy Marrakech
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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s Family Members Enjoy Morocco

    Rabat - After visiting Marrakech last year, family members of Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, are paying another visit to Morocco. Hoje foi um dia bem passado com a família ???? https://t.co/nRU1jg09aR — Dolores Aveiro (@DoloresAveiro) April 11, 2017 The mother of the Portuguese footballer took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her bliss, saying,...

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  • Tangier, Morocco
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    Tangier: An Eclectic Cultural Milieu

    By Kaatyaayani Pandey Rabat - Education is a fascinating thing. The fact that a small aspect of my education would have such an influential spark in my life is what makes it so fascinating. Since I was young, I have studied about Ibn Battuta and his travels. I had always heard stories of the great voyager...

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  • Meknes, Stunning Sightseeing Place
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    Meknes, Stunning Sightseeing Place

    By Thomas Dupaquier Rabat - Quieter and smaller than its close neighbor, Fez, Meknes receives less travelers than the former capital city. However, its history as an imperial city, its magnificent sights, and its overall more laid-back feeling made it a welcoming home and stunning sightseeing place.   Before coming to Morocco, friends or families always talk...

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  • Dawn to Dusk in the Dunes of Marzouga
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    Dawn to Dusk in the Dunes of Marzouga

    By Cosima Schelfhout Rabat - From the Atlantic’s rocky break, across plains, woodlands and the Atlas Mountains’ imposing peaks, lays the Sahara. Despite our early start, the sun was setting by the time we caught our first glimpse of desert. Snaking mountain roads turned into straight, dusty highways and eventually everything was burnt red; the...

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    Three Moroccan Cities To Visit In 2017

    By Steve Marks New York - Tourism in Morocco has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The country attracted 10.3 million visitors in 2016, contributing $6 billion to Morocco's GDP. Morocco makes for an accessible and well-connected travel destination, yet offers a taste of a completely different way of life for foreign visitors. I visited...

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  • Crystal Palace Relaxes in Agadir Palace
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    Crystal Palace Relaxes in Agadir Palace

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The British football club Crystal Palace (CPFC) and their coach, Samuel Allardyce have enjoyed a five-day stay at Riu Tikida Palace in Agadir. The British footballers' flight landed at Al Massira airport in Agadir on March 5, having chosen the seaside resort city to prepare for their upcoming games. CP...

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  • Video: Will Smith Dances to Gnawa in Morocco
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    Will Smith: Morocco is the Truth, Shout-Out to My People In Marrakech

    Rabat - “Morocco is the TRUTH!” said  famous American actor Will Smith, following his visit to Morocco earlier this month. Smith took to his Facebook page on Wednesday to post two photos, saluting his Moroccan friend and photographer, Hassan Hajaj, as well as the people who met during his stay in Marrakech. “Special Shout Out to...

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  • My Travel Confession from Morocco
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    My Travel Confession from Morocco

    By Abdul Hafiz Ali Madrid - A few weeks ago, the weather took a turn to gorgeous in Casablanca. where my Egypt Air flight from Saudi Arabia with  4-hour layover in Cairo landed smoothed and safe with a lot of questions running in my mind. It was a feeling of excitement with a lot of...

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  • Chefchaouen Medina
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    Chefchaouen in the Eyes of An American Tourist

    By Cosima Schelfhout Rabat - Just as the sun set, our bus began its journey upwards. With each winding turn, it climbed higher into Africa’s northern-most mountain range. Eventually, a turn spilled our group on top a ledge whose sole building was marked in blue by the name “Hotel Chefchaouen”. Beyond the hotel, carved into the...

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  • South African Surfer First to Cross Atlantic Ocean on Stand-up Paddle Board
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    South African Surfer First to Cross Atlantic Ocean on Stand-up Paddle Board

    By Julia Cabrera Rabat - South African Surfer, Chris Bertish left Agadir, Morocco on December 6, 2016 to begin his voyage across the Atlantic. 93 days, more than two million strokes and over 4,000 miles later he reached the Harbour of Antigua and made history. Bertish, 42, is a professional water sports competitor from Cape Town, but...

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  • Fez medina, Morocco
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    In Pictures: "Fez Is Still the Most Beautiful"

    By Jearld Moldenhauer Fez - It is a geological fact that the ancient habitat was founded on the hill sides of a rather small river, which over the millennia has eroded the land, creating the two opposing hillsides through which it still flows. Because there are no tall modern buildings to give it even the slightest skyline,...

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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...