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Morocco: Amazigh Celebrate 13th Anniversary of Adoption of Tifinagh

Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - Tifinagh, the Amazigh alphabet, has seen significant technical advancement since the Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture adopted the symbols 13 years ago, according to the theme of a symposium organized by the institute in Rabat.   The symposium, held on Wednesday, was titled “Tifinagh symbols: from rock carvings to technological software.” It discussed the successful integration ...

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Bringing Morocco to America: Interview with New York-based Entrepreneur Wafah Jehou

New York - Intelligence, beauty, perseverance and the full embodiment of her diverse culture – this is Wafah Jehou, a Moroccan-born entrepreneur who is effectively carving out her niche in the United States today. After several years working in Wall Street and more recently the in the New York real estate market, Ms. Jehou has started her own company Atlas Gallery LLC, where she showcases luxury Moroccan ho ...

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Almond Blossom Festival in Tafraout

Asmaa Bahadi Rabat - Under the motto "Land of Almond, Wealth of Tomorrow," the Tafraout Almond Association will hold the 6th Annual Almond Festival on March 4th-6th. The event is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the National Agency for the Development of Oases and Argan Trees, the Province of Souss Massa, the Prefecture of Tiznit’s, the Municipality of Tafraout, and a ...

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Four Tangier Neighborhoods Win Grand Prize for Environmental Initiatives

Rabat - Four neighborhoods in Tangier won the Ibn Battuta Grand Prize for Environmental Initiatives presented by the Observatory for the Protection of the Environment and Historic Monuments of Tangier (OPEMH) on Friday. As part an initiative to beautify neighborhoods in the northern city of Tangier, the Al Inaach in Beni Makada, Ibn Battuta, Atlas and Bir Chairi neighborhoods won the grand prize. Other priz ...

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To Toubkal and Back: A Weekend Journey to the Top of North Africa

By Andrew Mines Rabat - We set out Thursday afternoon at 16:00 from Gare Rabat Ville on a train bound for Marrakech. We each carried a backpack, a small duffle bag, and the shared vision to climb the best North Africa had to offer- Mt. Toubkal. At 4167 meters, Toubkal stands a king among kings in the Atlas Mountains, commanding the respect and admiration of the viewer below. Our train compartment was full, ...

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Jackie Chan Buys New $20 Million Private Jet

Rabat - Legendary martial arts movie icon Jackie Chan has reportedly bought a new private jet for $20 million to add to his collection. According to media reports, Chan is the first Chinese customer to take delivery of the new, state-of-the-art Embraer Legacy 500 Business Jet, which is priced in the catalog at $20 million. “I’m so thrilled to receive this Legacy 500, a state-of-art executive jet,” Chan said ...

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55% of French Muslims Ok With Their Daughter Marrying a Jew

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - A majority of French Muslims Said they would not object if they daughter married a Jew.  An online survey commissioned by The Foundation of French Judaism, conducted in February 2015 in conjunction with a broad study of attitudes in France relating to race and religion, showed that a majority of French Muslims would not object if their daughters were to marry a Jew. The 500 partici ...

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How to prepare for an adrenalin vacation

By Lara Johnson New York - From bungee jumping, sky diving, and wing-walking, to storm chasing, paragliding, and diving with sharks, the world is filled with adventure: face it, there’s an adrenalin-fueled activity around every corner, as long as you know where to look. If you’ve recently decided that 2016 is going to be your year for such an exploit, read on for a little inspiration… Adrenalin inspiration ...

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Says Moroccan Argan Oil is Her Beauty Secret

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Catherine Zeta-Jones has lauded Moroccan Argan oil, calling it her "beauty secret." The Welsh actress, famed for her roles in films such as Zorro, Chicago and High Fidelity claimed that a diet of Argan oil and water is saving her skin. Often referred to as ‘Liquid Gold’, the oil is produced using extracts from kernels found on Argan trees, which are endemic especially to the semi-d ...

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China Celebrates New Year

By Jamal Ait Laadam Rabat - Recently millions of Chinese people prepared to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This lunar new year marks the beginning of "The Year of the Monkey" according to the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese New Year is the most significant and monumental festival in the People's Republic of China. The joy of the celebration of the Chinese New Year has been passed down since the ancient Chinese ...

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Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent Foundation to Open Museum in Marrakech

By Mohamed Lakdali Fez- The Yves Saint-Laurent Museum will open in Marrakech in the fall of 2017. The museum will be located on the street named after it, next to the Majorelle garden that the museum’s namesake, Yves Saint-Laurent, saved in 1980. The museum will cover a surface of 4000 square meters. It will house a permanent exhibition of the work of the great French fashion designer it is named after, as ...

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Sahrawi Tea: Surviving Throughout the Ages

By Yassine Makhou Tangier - In addition to being a traditional drink in the Moroccan Sahara, Sahrawi tea is looked upon as a symbol of generosity, respect, and openness of the Sahrawi people. Tea is probably the most widespread and popular drinks in the Arab world. The way it is prepared, however, varies from one country to another. In North Africa, more specifically the south of Morocco, we find a distinct ...

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