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Moroccan Dinner is an Experience no Foreign Visitor Should Miss 

By Christopher Thomas Rabat - As an American living in Morocco, I have been both confused and delighted by a variety of cultural differences. One common activity in both cultures is infused with tradition and ritual: dinner. A true Moroccan dinner is an experience that no foreign should miss. The first difference to note is dinner time. My Moroccan host family eats dinner around 10:30 each night, which I so ...

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How Visiting Morocco Helped Dispel My Stereotypes

By Michelle Bouchard New York - I left Morocco and returned to the States a few months ago. However I did not want to write about my experiences immediately upon my return. Perhaps the memories about specific people and moments would have been sharper in my mind had I written this earlier, but I believe that whatever has stuck with me now truly constitutes my perspective on Morocco. The things I’ve learned ...

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“Followmetraveller” Posts New Picture of Couple in Kasbah in Morocco

Rabat - In 2013, the Instagram account “Followmetraveller” went viral for its picture series showing a woman taking a man’s hand and leading him through some of the world’s most recognizable and iconic landmarks. As Forbes said, "the Instagram took over the world, literally." On April 5th, Murad Osmann, the photographer responsible for the series, posted a picture of the woman, his girlfriend Natalia Zakhar ...

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In Pictures: Members of Royal Family Vacationing in Dakhla

Rabat - Princess Lalla Salma, consort of Mohamed VI, King of Morocco; her son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan; and her daughter, Princess Lalla Khadija, spent a weekend at the beach in Dakhla, a Moroccan travel destination popular among surfers and desert lovers alike. The photos, which show the royal family in wetsuits, were published on the Hotel Dakhla Attitude Beach Club Facebook page. According to the hote ...

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Morocco, First Tourist Destination in Africa in 2015

Paris - Morocco was the most visited country in Africa in 2015 ahead of South Africa and Egypt, Director General of the Moroccan National Tourist Office Abderrafie Zouiten said. This performance is the result of a tourism policy based on the diversification of source markets, he explained in an interview with French radio RFI and weekly magazine "Jeune Afrique", adding that the number of tourists who visite ...

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Medina of Fez: Finding Serenity and Huge Touristic Potential in Its Hidden Beauty

Fez - When I first came to Morocco in June of 2012, I got acquainted with the concept of a “medina” in the Moroccan (and North African) sense of the word; before that time, I had known medina (al-madinah) only as a word for a town or city, in the general sense. The Moroccan medinas, however, with their mazes of narrow lanes and worn-down facades, were a new experience to me. At that time though, to be frank ...

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Morocco aims to attract 85,000 Russian tourists in 2016

Rabat - 12 new tourism agreements between Morocco and Russia will attract 85,000 Russian visitors to Morocco in 2016, the head of the Moroccan National Tourism Office for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Samir Sussi Riah, announced on Friday. "We have signed about 12 agreements with Russian travel companies to attract about 85,000 tourists from Russia to Morocco in 2016," Riah told S ...

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Russian Tourists Spent Over MAD 28 Million in Morocco in 2015

Rabat - Spending of Russian tourists in Morocco has hit just over MAD 28 million last year, according to the latest data disclosed by the Moroccan Observatory of Tourism. A report by the observatory said Russian tourists spent over MAD 1,203 every day during their visits to Morocco in 2015, a total of MAD 28.1 million in the whole year. The report noted that 60 percent of Russian tourists who visited Morocc ...

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Morocco Signs Agreement With Senegalese Families to Boost Religious Tourism in Fez

By Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - Morocco’s National Office of Tourism (ONMT) signed an agreement with religiously significant families in Senegal in order to boost religious tourism from West Africa on Thursday, according to Maghreb Press Agency (MAP). Abderrafia Zouitene, the director of the ONMT, said Fez could greatly benefit from the new agreement because it houses the shrine of Sheikh Sidi Ahmed Tijani, ...

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Burping Camels, Berber Whiskey, and a Night in the Saharan Desert

By Andrew Mines Rabat - On the back of a camel I wondered how the likes of Ibn Battuta and Leo Africanus, great travelers of their times, could manage weeks riding atop these uncomfortable creatures. Our trek lasted no more than an hour, and I was only too relieved to dismount that ill-padded hump. The camel behind me seemed to be suffering from indigestion, which he reminded me every so often by belching i ...

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Meandering Marrakech’s Maze of Souks

Nathalie Williamson Rabat - They’re one of the world’s oldest trading centers, a foundation of empire, and no visit to Marrakech is complete without time spent in the Souks. These narrow, twisting streets seem to follow no logical pattern, but getting lost is more than made up for by what one can find. The souks have lost none of their character over time and they remain one of the most exciting shopping di ...

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Philippines Aims to Be Most Attractive Tourist Destination for Muslim Tourists

Rabat - The Philippines is accelerating its plans to become one of the world’s preferred destinations for Muslim tourists. The Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) has unveiled a series of initiatives to create a long-term infrastructure across the country with the purpose of attracting Muslim tourists from Asia and the Middle East. Under a new partnership with Crescent Rating, the world’s leading autho ...

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