Kasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco

House and Garden UK
By Pamela Goodman
Alan Keohane


In search of winter sun, Pamela Goodman indulges in the simple life at this rustic Moroccan kasbah.

Pamela Goodman
‘I’ve been walking these mountains all my life,’ says Mohammed as he leads me off the main track onto a narrow goat path, which twists and turns uphill through a tangle of heathery scrub, each false summit revealing another one beyond. In the far distance the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas glint in the sun but I’m basking in 25°C – and it’s November. My walk with Mohammed is a five hour circuit, the first four of which we pass (more…)

US-Morocco Alliance Is As Strong As The Values On Which It stands

The Hill
by Retired Gen. James L. Jones Jr. and Ahmed Charai, Contributor


In a world of ongoing genocide, mass summary executions and unspeakable torture, the accusations against the kingdom of Morocco in a U.S. State Department human rights report last week were not earth-shattering. They include charges of arbitrary arrest and detention, denial of due process and curtailment of free expression.

The charges are serious, nonetheless — and according to the Moroccan government, include demonstrably false claims. (more…)

ACWA Power and Saudi Rivals’s 6¢ Bids Lowest For 170MW Morocco Project

By Danielle Ola


The tariffs submitted by the Saudi companies are reported to be in the region of US$6 cents/kWh; a record-low in North African markets, which made them the top three bidders under the scheme. Source: Flickr – pedronet

Three Saudi Arabian developers are thought to have put in the lowest bids for a public bid opening of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy’s (MASEN) Noor PV I scheme – a tender to select an IPP to develop three PV plants with an aggregate capacity of 170MW. (more…)

UPDATE 2-Morocco Cuts 2016 Growth Forecast, To Renegotiate IMF Credit Line

By Aziz El Yaakoubi


Morocco has cut its economic growth forecast for this year to less than 2 percent from 3 percent, after the cereal harvest suffered its worst drought in three decades, the finance minister said on Monday.

It was Mohamed Boussaid’s first public comment since the release of the annual harvest figures by the Agriculture Ministry showed a 70 percent drop. (more…)

Morocco Government Says Will Renegotiate Precautionary IMF Credit Line



Morocco’s government plans to renegotiate a precautionary credit line with the International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Mohamed Boussaid told Reuters on Monday.

The amount and other details will be discussed later, he said.

The credit line is worth $5 billion and will expire in August 2016. (more…)

Morocco Is Tired Of Getting The Hollywood Treatment

Arts, Culture & Media
By Jake Warga


Some of the sweeping scenes of Arabia in the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia were actually filmed in Morocco.

Credit: Courtesy of Horizon Pictures

Morocco is a very large movie set — from sands to cities. It’s served as a stand-in for Arabia in “Lawrence of Arabia,” Abu Dhabi in “Sex in the City 2,” Egypt for “Evil Mummy” and for fantasy locations in “Game of Thrones.”

But rarely is Morocco — Morocco in films. (more…)

Why Morocco Is Mad At the U.S. State Department

The National Interest
J. Peter Pham


It is written in the Book of Proverbs that “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” In other words, a true friend will tell another unpleasant truths, conveying things the other may not want to hear, but doing so for the sake of the other’s own good, which is valued more than even the friendship itself. However, this wisdom is predicated on the assumption that what is communicated is itself objectively true and not based on bias, much less animus. (more…)

Jetex Wins License For Five FBOs In Morocco

PR Newswire
from Jetex


Jetex is the winner of the Moroccan National Airports Authority (ONDA) FBO tender, and will launch five new fixed base operator (FBO) facilities in Casablanca Mohammed V (CMN/GMMN), Marrakech Menara (RAK/GMMX), Rabat-Salé (RBA/GMME), Agadir-Al Massira (AGA/GMAD), and Dakhla airports (VIL/GMMH).

These new Moroccan facilities will be the first FBO operations within the country, ushering in a new era for both business aviation operators and travelers in the area. Swissport Executive Aviation was also awarded an FBO tender by ONDA and will be the only other provider of FBO services in Morocco. (more…)

Royal Canadian Navy’s New Maritime Tactical Operations Group Continues To Grow

Ottawa Citizen
David Pugliese, Ottawa Citizen


The first class from the Royal Canadian Navy’s Maritime Tactical Operators Course graduated on the east coast a few weeks ago. The graduates will go on to become members of the RCN’s Maritime Tactical Operations Group (MTOG), providing what is called an Enhanced Naval Boarding Party.

The next MTO course will take place next February in Esquimalt. (more…)

Morocco Annual Inflation Slows To 1.6 pct In April

By Aziz El Yaakoubi


Morocco’s annual consumer price inflation slowed to 1.6 percent in April from 1.8 percent in March as food prices fell, the High Planning Authority said on Friday.

Annual food inflation dropped to 2.9 percent from 3.6 percent in the previous month. Non-food price inflation rose to 0.5 percent.

Transport costs fell 1.1 percent, but education, hotels and restaurants were 2.1 percent more expensive, the agency said without elaborating. (more…)

How The State Department’s Human Rights Report Treats Friends — And Adversaries

Foreign Policy
by Dov Zakheimmay
Photo credit: WIN MCNAMEE/Getty Images

What should be made of the flare-up between Morocco and Washington over the State Department’s latest human rights report?

It devotes more pages to Moroccan violations than Iranian ones, and Morocco gets a third more pages than Cuba does. Moreover, the document generally cites sources other than the U.S. government’s own findings. No wonder the Moroccans are furious. (more…)

Morocco Stands Firm Against Allegations Of State Department Report

The North Africa Post


Moroccan diplomacy continues to show its anger and express its utter rejection of the contents of the latest report issued by the US Department on the situation of human rights in the North African country.

Apparently, tension has not eased between the two sides. US ambassador Dwight Bush was summoned by the Moroccan Foreign Affairs Ministry in Rabat where the American diplomat met with minister-delegate for Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita in the presence of Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, Head of the Moroccan Intelligence agency. (more…)

Yves Saint Laurent Morocco Museum Plans By Studio KO Revealed

by Mark Beech


Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, exterior (© 2016 Studio KO, Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent)

The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent has revealed plans for its new Morocco museum designed by Studio KO.

Drawings for the new Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech (mYSLm), which has a provisional cost of €15 million, show a building of terracotta bricks made of Moroccan earth, concrete and an earthen colored terrazzo with sweeping walls and Moroccan stone fragments. (more…)

Morocco Achieves Good Results In Its Fight Against Poverty

Middle East Monitor


Moroccan Interior Ministry Delegate Charki Draiss said on Wednesday that 10 million Moroccans have benefited from Morocco’s National Initiative of Human Development (INDH), Anadolu reported.

In his speech during an international conference in Rabat about public policies to fight poverty, the minister said that the programme’s 10-year duration is divided into three stages at the cost of 37.4 billion Moroccan dirhams ($3.8bn) and includes 42,000 projects. (more…)

Attijariwafa Said To Work With UBS On Bid for Barclays Egypt

Dinesh Nair

* Barclays said to receive limited interest in Cairo-based unit

* Attijariwafa drawing up plans to expand in East, West Africa

Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco’s biggest lender, is considering a bid for Barclays Plc’s Egyptian business and has hired UBS Group AG to prepare an offer, people with knowledge of the situation said. (more…)

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