Is Morocco the Most Beautiful Country in the World?

Omar Bihmidine
Omar Bihmidine is a junior high school teacher of English in Sidi Ifni city. He obtained his Associate Degree at Choaib Eddoukali University in 2008. He earned his B.A. from Ibn Zohr university, Agadir. His writings take the form of short stories, poems and ...
Is Morocco the Most Beautiful Country in the World?

Sidi Ifni-

“Is Morocco the Most Beautiful Country in the World?” For some of us, it is. While for the rest, it is not. For instance, if you happen to be a tourist from any corner of the world and you come to visit tourist attractions in Marrakech, Fez, or Tangiers, you may conclude that Morocco really is the most beautiful place on Earth. On the other hand, if you happen to be a Moroccan native, living in the remote and chilly Atlas Mountains or another neglected part of Morocco, you may curse Morocco for the rest of your life, especially if you are continually denied your basics rights to education, health, a dignified livelihood, and the like.

As a country, Morocco remains Morocco. But, one’s life experiences in this land determine whether you believe it to be the most beautiful country in the world (as we often hear some of our officials say-especially those teaching us to be patriotic and show our nationalism). If we, for example, pose the same question to a Moroccan woman who has just given birth outside the hospital with little help from the medical staff, she will no longer look upon Morocco as the most beautiful country in the world.

Even so, if we ask a Moroccan born with a silver spoon in his mouth, while he is spending his Winter at a deluxe hotel in Ifrane, he will certainly say that Morocco is the most beautiful place in the world. He or she may even go on to wonder why others don’t think the same. Students studying at Al Akhawayan University may like to study in Morocco, whereas students studying at Ibn Zohr University have cursed Morocco’s education many times. Morocco is often deemed the most beautiful for the former, the least beautiful for the latter. So, it is all a matter of who is asked. Morocco remains the most beautiful for those Moroccans who are leading a happy, secure life, whereas it is the worst or ugliest for those who toil day in and day out just to make ends meet.

It goes without saying that many foreign visitors to Morocco have asked themselves why Moroccans curse their home country and forsake it for the chance to live in a “better” country. “Is Morocco not the most beautiful country in the world?” many foreigners ask. Of course, foreigners ask themselves this question when they read about Morocco, they visit the long coastal lands, they go fishing and discover how rich the Atlantic Ocean is, they experience the energy of the solar power in Ouarzazat and after they spot the ice-capped mountains in Ifrane. “Oh, how beautiful Morocco is!” they exclaim in amazement.

Yet, what is still a mystery is why the majority of Moroccans have never dared to utter the same thing about their home country. Simply put, they are so consumed with the hardships of their life that they do not have the time to look at how much Morocco could offer them. Some Moroccans give their care to their home country, but get nothing in return. Over time, they forget that Morocco is beautiful as a land. This is simply why the majority of Moroccans do not deem Morocco as the most beautiful country in the world.

At a distance of 350 km from Marrakech, Zagora, my previous place of work, is much acclaimed and appreciated by foreign tourists for its pollution-free atmosphere, its strong sun and abundant sand dunes. Many tourists like to go on Safari on the outskirts of Zagora. As a teacher who used to work there, I wondered, many times, why tourists liked Zagora even though the majority of its people are impoverished, there is a scarcity of public transport, students have to go on foot for miles just to reach school and nearly all people have no access to health centers.

I supposed that the foreign visitors were merely tourist whose only concern was to go on holiday and enjoy themselves, while Zagora dwellers live there and encounter the difficulties of life in Morocco. As a teacher, I spent my two working days commuting and hitch-hiking. Let’s be clear: Morocco remains the most beautiful country in the world for others, whereas for my fellow Moroccans, it is the other way around.

Needless to say, Morocco would unanimously remain the most beautiful if it were governed by transparent and honest people. No Moroccan dislikes the beautiful, charming land, but, rather, the lack of democracy. Moroccans, at heart, deem Morocco to be the most beautiful place in the world. But, eventually the daily, bitter realities, ranging from a deplorable education system to a degraded living, set in and they begin to dislike Morocco in spite of themselves and go on to turn a blind eye to the exquisite beauty of their home country. They do this not because they want to, but, simply, because their eyes have been blurred by the countless crises Morocco has been plagued with. Is Morocco the most beautiful country in the world? It is up to you tell depending on your personal experiences.

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  • http://www.google.com redneck

    Does really Morocco have public bathroom without any charge,in the West you can use any bathroom without any charge,do really Moroccans use toilet papers? sure enough they cannot afford to buy,walking on street and seeing how many young men sitting all day,killing time by watching walkers..it’s very frustrating to see troops of the unemployed young men beside handicapped and poor people running after others for alms.MOROCCO WOULD BE BEST if there were true the most complicated problemnationalists in the government,the Makhzen is

  • igmoan1

    I am sorry, but this is a very boring piece of writning.

  • Mor

    What!!! Is this a question to be asked??? Ohh sorry, yeah needless to say that most moroccans hate their country because of some hidden reasons. I am one of them
    I hate morocco as a government because i could not find a decent job..

  • kaan

    morocco has beautiful landscape thats it ….

    o and by the way the government does not owe anyone a job you must learn to stop blaming and go look for yourself…. the sooner you learn this the better it will be for you there is a old adage NO FREE LUNCH

  • rabi

    yeah,very boring i don’t know why i keep reading this nonsense,and i am getting tired of the word democracy seriously….

  • jaz

    For us Moroccans yes it is. However, disappointing that maybe! It would be the most beautiful country only if we built schools, road, houses, hospitals with the latest Gas and petrol discovered recently! where does it all go? It would be if there is no such poverty, and if resources of the country were shared by the people and not just by the people in government and the rich! It would be if we were real Muslims and helped each other and took care of each other and respected each other! it would be if our kids have access to school, to education, to food, to clothes, to medical, basic human rights! if our women were respected in the street as a Muslim nation and if qualifications and experience gets you a decent job and not because you know someone or the son of someone! after all we are all sons and daughters of God! If we stop LHOGRA! and the list goes on…………….We don’t need stupid Islamist as leaders (+comedian), our youth are lost regardless of their aspirations, dreams and hard work! I am also wondering if Morocco was the most beautiful country to live in why is there over 4 million of us living abroad and the number is growing every year???

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