• Belgian Beer and Cuban Rumba Registered in UNESCO World Heritage
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    Belgian Beer and Cuban Rumba Registered in UNESCO World Heritage

    Rabat - A UNESCO World Heritage Commission in Addis Ababa has acknowledged the Belgian beer culture and the Cuban rumba phenomenon with official registration. Brussels succeeded in registering its Belgian beer culture as "intangible cultural heritage" in UNESCO’s World Heritage. The 1500 different types of beers that characterize Belgium are brewed in many cities, villages...

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    Casablanca Ranks Higher than Istanbul in Quality of Life

    Casablanca - A new study has published results showing the quality of life index in Casablanca 15 points higher than that in Cairo and even higher than Turkey’s Istanbul. Mercer, the world leading consulting firm behind the ranking, attended a meeting on Monday in Casablanca under the theme "The Mercer approach and the quality of...

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    Tips For Buying A New Bread Machine

    Rabat - Are you aware of the fact that you can make bread in the comfort of your own home? Believe it or not, consumers can now create bread easily by investing in an excellent homemade bread machine. One of these products will make it possible to eat hot, fresh bread whenever you desire. It...

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  • Zawiya Ahandal: Guests of a Sheikh
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    Zawiya Ahansal: Guests of a Sheikh

    Rabat - In the mid-1950s, Elizabeth Warnock Fernea accompanied her husband on a three-year trip to a rural Iraqi village where he set out to finish his doctorate degree in anthropology. In 1965, Fernea published Guests of the Sheikh: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village, her seminal work detailing her experiences living among Iraqi women...

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  • Kenitra; transliterated Q'nitra, refers to a little bridge.
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    Kenitra: The City Where Birds Stay

    Chicago - Kenitra is the place I love most! Should I have a reason? I guess yes! To fully celebrate the soul thirsty of gratitude, I say: a bunch of reasons. A city is not a place, geography, architecture, traditions or culture. This doesn't fit perfectly to the idea of belonging. A city is an...

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  • African Dream: Moroccan Backpacks across 10 Countries and Still Going
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    African Dream: Moroccan Backpacks across 10 Countries and Still Going

    Rabat - Zolati Othmane is a 22-year-old young Moroccan backpacker from El Jadida, dedicating his life to living his African dream by crossing the continent. Making maximum use of social media to share his adventurous experiences with avid fans, Othmane is seeking to showcase the African cultures and lifestyles of every country he visits. According...

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    MasterCard: Casablanca Ninth Tourist Destination for Middle East and Africa

    Rabat - This year’s edition of the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index ranks Casablanca the 9th most popular overnight destination for international visitors heading to the Middle East and Africa region. The Moroccan city beat the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, which took the 10th spot on the regional list, but stood behind Dubai, Riyadh,...

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  • A Snake Charmer in Marrakech Dies from Snakebite
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    A Foreign Student’s Opinion on the Diversity of Moroccans

    By Johanna Meyer Rabat - When talking about Morocco with westerners one often hears of the beautiful Sahara Desert at night with its clarity of stars, of the souks in Marrakech, tagines and Friday couscous, but one seldom hears of the sheer diversity of Moroccans themselves. The first aspects of Morocco that struck me, upon...

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  • Visit Morocco. Mohammed Boulkoumit
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    Vision 2020: Morocco’s Planned Leap to World Leader in Tourism

    Rabat - Regulatory reforms introduced in 2010 are bringing Morocco closer to its goal of making the country one of the world’s 20 hottest tourist destinations by 2020. Following a private presentation delivered in front of King Mohammed VI and the official release of the Department of Tourism’s Vision 2020 released a month later, Morocco...

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  • Fez, Fes Morocco. Tourism in Maroc
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    Morocco Turns to China, Russia Markets to Boost Tourism Industry

    London -  The Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT) seeks to increase the number of Chinese and Russians tourists visiting Morocco in order to boost the country's tourism industry.  Morocco is turning to new markets like Russia and China to support the country's large tourism industry following a decline in visitors from traditional source markets, said Oxford...

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    In Pictures: Closing Ceremony of 9th Annual International Horse Salon

    Rabat - Some of the best showjumping horsemen took part in the closing ceremony of the 9th Annual International Horse Salon which was held on October 11-16 in El Jadida, a coastal city south of Casablanca. Younes Saro, a Moroccan photographer, shares with us some of the best scenes during the closing ceremony.

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    Comedian Gad El Maleh Bartended to Make a Living

    Rabat - Famous Moroccan-French comedian Gad El Maleh posted a photo on his Instagram account Wednesday, recalling his early days before his successful career as a comedian when he made his living as a bartender in Canada in 1990. Il fallait gagner sa vie..... Barman? Montreal 1990 #toutestpossible A photo posted by Gad Elmaleh (@gadelmaleh)...

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  • Fes, a Home away from Home. Photo by Hinna Sheikh/ Morocco World News
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    Fes, a Home Away from Home

    London - The cultural and spiritual homeland of Morocco, Fes is a city that does not disappoint. From its labyrinth-like souks to the splendour of the oldest degree-granting university in the world (the Qarawiyyin), it is a city full of hidden gems, which reveal itself to the wayfarer who fully embraces the city. The second...

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  • Chanel Chooses City of Chefchaouen for New Collection Photo Shoot
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    Video: Chanel Chooses Chefchaouen for New Collection Photo Shoot

    Rabat - France’s fashion brand, Chanel, chose Morocco’s blue city Chefchaouen as the site for its photo shoot of its latest fashion collection entitled “Resort 2017.” The new collection’s promotional clip, posted on YouTube last week, shows a model strutting the collection’s new pieces in the blue and white painted alleyways of Chefchaouen. Chanel shot the...

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  • Welcome To Morocco. Photo by Emily Rathmanner
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    Discover Simplicity: My First Day in Morocco

    By Emily Rathmanner Agadir - I stumbled down a dusty hill, down some makeshift stairs that were built from packed dirt and broken slabs of concrete. My guess was that I found the locals’ short cut to the beach. I passed by women in veils sweeping their mosaic front steps, dingy surf shops, and a friendly...

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  • What No One Tells You about Volubilis
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    What No One Tells You about Volubilis

    By Nicole DiTolla Meknes – Right outside the rising metropolis of Meknes lies an ancient city. A city uniquely blended with Roman ideals and indigenous cultures –Volubilis. Volubilis is one of the oldest Roman sites in the world. When step onto the site and you physically and mentally travel back centuries. Dating back from 168-169 AD,...

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  • Tourism in Morocco. Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca
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    Morocco, Thailand Sign Tourism Promotion Agreement

    Rabat - Moroccan and Thai tourism agencies have signed an agreement to boost tourism in both countries. The agreement is part of Vision 2020 which seeks to welcome 20 million visitors to Morocco by 2020, said Abdelilah El Housni, Morocco’s ambassador to Thailand. A memorandum of understanding was signed earlier this month in the Moroccan capital...

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    Morocco’s Vision 2020: Reforms Focus on Transportation and Tourist Guides

    Tourist Transportation Tourist transportation allows access to destinations and facilitates the movement of tourists within a country. Over time, tourist transportation has become an inseparable component of Morocco’s tourism packages, proposed by the various stakeholders within the tourism sector. The activity of tourist transportation is governed by a specification with the legal basis such as...

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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...