Rabat- The new Dolphin Park opened its doors on Friday, promising a host of summer fun for tourists, travelers and residents of Agadir. Named “Agadir Dolphin World,” the tourist resort has been a subject of controversy even before it opened.
Established through a Russian investment amounting to MAD 8 million, the park occupies an area of 1500 square meters of Agadir’s Anza district. .
Agadir Dolphin World was inaugurated on Friday, with the Russian general consul in Casablanca, Andrey Tsyberko, the Wali of Souss-Massa region, Ahmed Hajji, and the president of the regional council, Brahim Hafidi in attendance
The establishment mirrors the friendly ties and bilateral cooperation between Morocco and Russia, Tsyberko told state owned press, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The trade cooperation between the two countries is a “satisfactory” one, as described by Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani. The statement comes in line with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Morocco to discuss joint trade cooperation in October 2017.
Russia ranked in 2016 as Morocco’s ninth supplier and 22nd client, however according to El Othmani, “there is still work to be done” to strengthen cooperation on energy, culture, and agriculture.
In 2017, upon the announcement of the project, Moroccan animal and marine protection organizations expressed condemnation and worry over the conditions of dolphins in similar resorts and captivities.
The organizations complained that resorts deny dolphins their natural hunting habits and put them at the risk of overexposure to the sun, they told Huffpost Maghreb.