By Intissar Faouzi
By Intissar Faouzi
Rabat- Under the instructions of King Mohammed VI, the operation “Marhaba 2018″ to welcome home Moroccans living abroad began Tuesday, June 5.
The operation will continue through the summer until September 15, 2018. The Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity began the operation in past years to assist the more than 2.5 million Moroccans residing abroad and returning to Morocco for the summer holidays.
The Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, which contributes to the unique humanitarian operation, has reactivated its 20 reception areas in Morocco and abroad, to support the increased arrivals by sea and air during the summer.
Reception areas in the Mediterranean include: Taourirte, Tazaghine,Jebha, Tangier Med, Tangier City, Nador, and Al Hoceima, in addition to the borders at Bab Sebta (Ceuta) and Bab Mellilia. Reception areas also include Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport, Oujda’s Angad airport, Agadir’s Al Massira airport, Fez’s Saïss airport, and Marrakech’s Menara airport.
Abroad, the Marhaba reception areas are located at the European ports of Almeria, Algeciras, Motril, Sète, and Genoa, the foundation’s statement said.
The foundation supports the Moroccan community abroad through a social and medical assistance system for any unexpected incident.
The operation gives out “Marhaba guides” with information in six languages: Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and German.
Guides can be obtained freely from consulates, banking agencies in Europe, and Royal Air Maroc agencies and its partners.
Additionally, the foundation launched the Marhaba mobile application and a dedicated website: www.marhaba.fm5.ma.
Communication tools provide information on formalities and transit procedures, tips for preparing the trip, and useful contacts.
Over 1,000 social workers, physicians, paramedics, and volunteers will offer their services to Moroccan expats.
The foundation’s sites are accessible through its call center, which is operational 24/7 on the following numbers: 00 212 537 20 55 66 and 212 537 20 66 66 and in Morocco at: 080 000 23 23.
Otherwise, host sites located abroad can be reached at the following numbers:
- Algesiras: 00 34 632 705753
- Almeria: 00 34 631 023042
- Motril: 00 34 632 514670
- Sete: 00 33 75139 63 87
- Genoa: 00 39 3 2030380 57
The Marhaba operation has gradually become an important service based on the values of solidarity, sharing, and mobilization.