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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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  • In Pictures: Little Big Casa
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    In Pictures: Little Big Casa

    Rabat - The picture captures what seems to be a quiet early morning in a popular Moroccan street. The morning light paves its way through an unquestionably Moroccan scenery: vividly painted buildings, grocery shops, tags on the walls, electric wires, and hanging shoes. The precision of its details indicate the talent of a skillful photographer....

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  • Morocco Launches Social Media Campaign to Promote Sustainable Travel
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    Morocco Launches Social Media Campaign to Promote Sustainable Travel

    Rabat - The Ministry of Tourism launched, in partnership with Moroccan globetrotters and couple Amal and Anass Yakine, a social media campaign to promote the best initiatives in terms of sustainable tourism in Morocco. Entitled #sustainable travel, this project, which falls within the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, aims to...

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    Marrakech Menara Airport Ranks 4th Most Beautiful in the World

    Rabat - A famous Italian website has published its ranking of the Top 11 airports in the world. Marrakech’s Menara Airport ranked the fourth best hotel worldwide. TGCOM24, one of Italy’s most renowned news websites, has published its ranking of the world’s Top 11 airports. The website, took several criteria into account in establishing its...

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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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  • Tourism in Morocco. Fez
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    Moroccan Tourism Revenues Reach $6 Billion in 2016

    Rabat - The number of tourists visiting Morocco in 2016 reached 10.3 million, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to 2015.  The increase in the number of tourists in 2016 hit 1.5 percent amid a difficult international context. It contributed to Morocco’s GDP with $ 6 billion representing an increase of 3.4 percent in the...

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  • Photo Exhibition: The "Germinal" of Moroccan Mehdy Mariouch
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    Photo Exhibition: The "Germinal" of Moroccan Mehdy Mariouch

    Rabat - Casablanca’s L’Uzine Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Moroccan photojournalist Mehdy Mariouch, entitled “Snippets of Life,” a series of documentary photographs portraying the daily life of miners in the Middle Atlas and east of Morocco. The exhibition will run until March 20. “Snippets of Life” may remind viewers of “Germinal,” the classic novel...

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  • Photos of King Mohammed VI in Military Uniform Go Viral
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    Photos of King Mohammed VI in Military Uniform Go Viral

    Rabat - A photo of Moroccan Monarch, King Mohammed VI, visiting the multi-disciplinary field hospital while wearing a military uniform, has gone viral on social media. The photo of king Mohammed VI wearing an army uniform have attracted the attention of a large number of social media users. The picture, shared by Soufiane El Bahri,...

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    Moroccan Shots: A Frame to Show Beauty and Gather Talents

    By Amira El Masaiti Rabat - Moroccan photographers come together in a photography contest entitled “Moroccan Shots.” The contest is organized under the administration of Sophia Elbahja, a young Moroccan photographer, and is taking place from January 13 to 29. With the assistance of Walid Machrouh and Boutaina Chabbaki, Elbahja took the initiative to organize...

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  • Video: Gad Elmaleh Wants To Take Conan To Morocco
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    Gad El Maleh's Joke About Donald Trump's 'Make America Great Again'

    Rabat - Moroccan-French comedian Gad El Maleh has given his opinion about America’s President Donald Trump. A day ahead of his show at Carnegie Hall in New York, El Maleh was invited to the Conan O’Brien show, on Wednesday.. Seeking to answer a question from O’Brien about his take on Trump, El Maleh said, “When...

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  • Marrakech Top Vacation Spot for Londoners
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    Le Monde Chooses Marrakech Among 20 Destinations to Visit in 2017  

     Casablanca - French daily Le Monde has chosen Marrakech among the world’s 20 destinations to visit  in 2017.  The city of Marrakech is reinforcing its position as one of the world’s most attractive destinations. A few days ago, the New York Times ranked Morocco's Red city 11 in their 52-place list and encouraged its readers to visit...

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    2016, A Difficult but Resilient Year for Moroccan Tourism

    Rabat - From an international landscape tainted by conflicts and terrorism to a global economic slump, 2016 has been a difficult year for tourism. Despite such unfortunate circumstances, the last few months of 2016 have allowed the Moroccan tourism sector to bring in record-breaking revenue, and to avoid the decline in traditional markets, thanks to...

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    NY Times Ranks Marrakech 11th in Best 52 Places to Go in 2017

    Casablanca - The New York Times has listed Marrakech as one of the top 52 places to go in the new year, placing 11th in the list. This is the first time since 2015 that a Moroccan city is featured on the annual list. That year, Rabat placed 31st and was praised for its Roman...

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  • Marrakech Top Vacation Spot for Londoners
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    Marrakech in Top 20 Destinations for French to Celebrate New Year

    Paris - The Moroccan city of Marrakech is in the top 20 destinations chosen by French people to celebrate the new year, said world's largest hotel search website "trivago.fr" on Thursday. The analysis based on hotel search made by French tourists shows that Marrakech ranks seventh in their choices. The city is also among the...

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  • UAE’s Etihad Airways to Cooperate with Morocco to Attract 100,000 Chinese Tourists
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    UAE’s Etihad Airways to Cooperate with Morocco to Attract 100,000 Chinese Tourists

    Rabat - The UAE's national airline, Etihad Airways, has announced that “it will partner with the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) to attract 100,000 Chinese visitors each year by 2018,” according to Trade Arabia (TA). TA reported on Saturday that the project is supported by Morocco’s policy of waiving the visa requirements for Chinese nationals...

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  • Moroccan National Tourism Office
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    Moroccan Tourism Office Invites 41 Russian Journalists to Visit Morocco

    Rabat - The Moroccan National Tourism Office (ONMT) has reportedly invited 41 Russian journalists to visit Morocco. During their visit, the journalists will tour Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Agadir, exploring Morocco’s renowned landmarks to report on services that could prove attractive to Russian tourists. They will also pay a visit to World’s Largest Solar Power Complex...

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    U.S. State Department Warns Americans Against Travel to Algeria

    by Ghita Benslimane  Casablanca — The U.S. State Department has updated its travel advisory yesterday, warning Americans against travel to Algeria.  The alerts and warnings page for Algeria hadn’t been updated since March 1, 2016. But as of December 13, the Department of State "continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to remote areas in...

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    Marrakech Records a Slight Increase in Number of Tourists This Year

    Rabat - Morocco’s Tourism Observatory released a communiqué showing that 8.1 million tourists have visited Marrakech in the first nine months of 2016. Morocco’s news agency MAP passed on a communiqué from the country’s Tourism Observatory that reveals the number of tourists that visited Morocco’s Marrakech between January and September of 2016. Compared to the...

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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...