The region of Oukaimeden has just launched a development plan for the ski resort. The investment amounts to MAD 204 million.
Rabat – The ski resort of Oukaimeden is expected to be redesigned in order to attract 500,000 visitors annually by 2030.
In its August 16 edition, L’Economiste newspaper noted that the Wilaya of Marrakech-Safi has allocated a MAD 204 million development plan for the site.
In May 2019, the headquarters of the Wilaya of Marrakech-Safi held a meeting in the presence of the Minister of Tourism Mohamed Sajid in order to review the development plan. The plan aims to make Oukaimeden a sustainable tourist destination and make it more attractive to Moroccan and foreign tourists.
The plan also intends to guarantee lasting activity throughout the year, so that the ski resort’s activities go beyond the four-month period of snowfall.
The newspaper also recalled the current deplorable state of the site. It specifically pointed out the difficulty of access to the resort, a unique station in Africa.
According to L’Economiste, the plan considers two management models: either the creation of a Rural Development Company for mixed management or the assignment of the concession to a private operator.
The goal is to proceed with a safe upgrade, a professionalization of services. The plan includes the development of the lake, zip lines, an amusement park, and a karting course.
L’Economiste suggested that the national park of Toubkal and the astronomical observatory be part of the development plan. The daily also suggested facilitating access to the resort via gondolas, as is done in major ski resorts around the world.
Oukaimeden is a ski resort in the Atlas mountains near Toubkal mountain, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Marrakech, Morocco.