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    55 New Hotels to Be Built in Morocco, Nearly Half in 2017

    Rabat - 52 hotel construction projects are planned in Morocco, 22 of which will be completed in 2017, indicates a new study from Index North Africa. According to a recent study carried out by Index North Africa, 52 new hotels will be built by 2020, and 22 of them will be operational in 2017. According...

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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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    New Photos of Royal Family Gone Viral on Social Media

    Casablanca — New photos of Mohammed VI, Moulay Hassan and Moulay Rachid at the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech were exclusively released by Paris Match on Wednesday, November 23.  The Paris Match exclusive by Caroline Pigozzi takes over six pages of the magazine and is entitled, “Mohammed VI, A Special Lesson.” The images published...

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    Morocco Among Safest Countries in the World for U.S. Travelers

    Casablanca - A travel advisory released by the US Department of State this Monday reveals the safest countries to travel to during the holiday season. Morocco was listed as safe. The U.S. State Department released a travel advisory on Monday, November 21, indicating which countries are safe for travel during the upcoming holiday period. No...

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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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    John Kerry Enjoys His Time in Marrakech, Visits Bazaars

    Rabat - Pictures posted by the American embassy in Rabat on Friday show Secretary of State, John Kerry enjoying his time in Marrakech, Morocco’s first tourist destination. During his visit to Morocco to take part in the UN Conference for Climate Change COP22 in Marrakech, John Kerry, US Secretary of State, met with King Mohammed...

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    Study Ranks Morocco as 'Low Risk' Country for Travelers

    Casablanca - A new study has ranked Morocco as a 'low risk' country for Travelers, as the safest in North Africa. The Control Risks cabinet and SOS International published a world map on Tuesday, November 15 showing health and security risks around the world. The study was a joint venture between Control Risks, a consultancy...

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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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  • Casablanca Mosque
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    Video: Casablanca's Aerial Magical Views

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    Fantasia in Morocco:  Not-to-Miss Celebration of History

    Chicago - Fantasia, or Lab el Baroud, is a cultural practice usually featuring local cultural festivals and national celebrations. This is the simplest idea that remains after one has been lucky enough to attend such a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in Morocco. The view of those brave horsemen courageously riding their authentic Berber or Arabic horses...

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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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  • Visit Chefchaouen, Morocco. Tourism
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    Regulatory Reform Launched by Ministry of Tourism in Morocco

    Casablanca - Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism has launched regulatory reform in the tourist guide service and supports the mandate for all licensed tourist guides to attend ongoing training. The initiative, launched by Morocco’s National Tourism Office (ONMT), aims at enhancing the quality of tour guide service and tourist support as well as emphasizing the importance of both...

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    Number of Chinese Tourists to Morocco Has Tripled Since May

    Rabat - The number of Chinese Tourists to Morocco has tripled since May, a new reports shows. The Memorandum of Understanding signed last May, aimed to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Morocco and China, particularly in tourism. Last May, Lahcen Haddad, Minister of Tourism, and Li Jing, the Chinese Director General of the National Tourism Administration,...

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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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  • Agadir, Morocco
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    Agadir Hosts First Annual Africa Medical Tourism Expo

    New York - Morocco's southern city of Agadir hosted its first annual Africa Medical Tourism Expo on Friday. The aim of expo is to promote medical tourism, wellness centers and health-related private clinics. Nearly 38 Million people travel annually solely for the purpose of improving their health and wellness. The ever-growing medical tourism industry is...

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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...