Saturday, May 19, 2018

New Flights Between Marrakech and Vienna

Air Arabia Morocco has announced the opening of a new route next winter between the cities of Marrakech and Vienna

This is the sixth line operated by Air Arabia Morocco from Marrakech to Europe, the company already serving Frankfurt, Montpellier, Pau, London and Paris.

The Marrakech-Vienna flight will be operational from 29 October 2018, with two weekly flights on Mondays and Thursdays, and will be operated by Air Arabia Maroc's fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

- From Marrakech to Vienna
Monday - Thursday: departure at 14:10; arriving at 19:20

- From Vienna to Marrakech
Monday - Thursday: departure at 20:10; arrival at 23:30

In April 2018, the Kingdom's airports recorded an air traffic volume of 2 million passengers, an increase of almost 10% compared to the same period in 2017. The Mohammed V airport in Casablanca produced 40% of total traffic, or 869,063 passengers, against 839,924 passengers for the same period of 2017, up 3.47%. Two other airports, Marrakech Menara and Agadir Al Massira, also continue their growth withinceases of 16% and 24% respectively.

Domestic traffic accounted for 239,908 passengers, a sustained growth of 14.7%. International traffic increased by 8.86% to 1,766,111 passengers, or 88% of overall traffic. The change is mainly due to the continued growth recorded by the Europe segment (10.37%). This is also the case for the Americas, up 10.03% for North America and 22.88% for South America. Markets in the Middle and Far East and Maghreb countries experienced growth of 4.22% and 0.87% respectively. The African segment, for its part, has posted a slight decrease of -1.84%.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fighting Corruption in Morocco

This week the Moroccan prosecutor's office launched a hotline dedicated to exposing acts of corruption  The public can now call a toll-free number - 0537718888 - and make complaints about acts of corruption

The implementation of this phone service is part of the national strategy to fight against corruption, which aims to promote the values ​​of integrity and transparency, to ensure the effectiveness of interventions of government departments in the field linked to the fight against corruption, in accordance with the principles of good governance as stipulated by the Constitution and Moroccan law.

The phone line reinforces the other mechanisms for denouncing acts of corruption, which are placed at the disposal of the citizens, the aim being to denounce these acts at the precise moment and with the necessary efficiency to control the cases of corruption or blackmail and inform the public prosecutor and the judicial police of the facts.

To this end, a call center under the authority of the Public Prosecutor's Office, which oversees the online processing of all calls, has been equipped with all the technological means of handling citizens' calls for transmission to the judge in charge, after have made sure that they relate to a crime of corruption. The judges in charge of these cases have the task of coordinating with the public prosecutor and the whistle-blower of these acts in order to arrest the suspect, in "flagrante delicto".

In an address delivered on the occasion of the launch of this new service, the Prosecutor of the King at the Court of Cassation, President of the Public Ministry, Mohamed Abdennabaoui, stressed that this new service is dedicated to the denunciation of acts of corruption or blackmail to which citizens may be exposed in public administrations and public services, aims to encourage citizens to denounce such acts.

Given the important role of citizens in the fight against corruption, Mr. Abdennabaoui said that the whistleblowing procedure will be conducted in anonymity to preserve the identity of the whistleblower, explaining that the independence of the judiciary ensures the perfect coordination between government departments and public services.

The Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of Reform of the Administration and Civil Service, Mohamed Benabdelkader, for his part, noted that the launch of this hotline to denounce corruption is an "important step" in the process of building the rule of law and transparency and as a key mechanism in the implementation of the national anti-corruption strategy.

In parallel with the launch of this issue to denounce corruption in its various forms, an advertisement of about 48 seconds has been aired to publicise this new service to the public.

In its first two days, the direct telephone line dedicated to the denunciation of acts of corruption was quick to bear fruit, allowing the arrest in the flagrante delicto, of several individuals in three different cities.

Since its launch on Monday, the hotline has received some 355 calls, and allowed arrests in three cases of corruption in Fez, Sidi Bennour and Inezgane.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ramadan Kareem

We wish our readers a very happy, prosperous and peaceful Ramadan.


Morocco Weather Alert

A special bulletin from the Directorate of National Meteorology (DMN) warns that heavy thunderstorms are expected from Wednesday, May 16 at 14:00 to Thursday, May 17 at 12:00, in several provinces of Morocco

The stormy showers, which will be accompanied by gusts of strong wind and hail, and may be locally very strong especially in the provinces of the Middle Atlas and northern High Atlas and the provinces  of Chichaoua, Al Haouz, Marrakesh, Azilal, Taroudant, Ouarzazate, Tinghir, Errachidia, Fquih Ben Salah, Beni Mellal, Midelt, Khenifra, Khouribga, Ifrane, Taza, Guercif, Taourirt, Boulemane, Figuig, Jerada, Oujda and Berkane.

On Thursday from 00H00 to 12H00, these showers will be experienced in the provinces of Oujda, Berkane, Nador, Driouech, Al-Hoceima, Ifrane, Taza, Guercif, Jerada, Fquih Ben Salah, Beni Mellal, Khouribga, Khenifra, Khemisset, Midelt, Boulemane , El Hajeb, Fez, Meknes, Sefrou and Moulay Yacoub.

The bulletin also indicates that locally moderate thunderstorms will hit on Tuesday from 15:00 to 24:00 in the province of Figuig, with gusts of wind around 60 to 70 km / h on Wednesday in Tangier. Stormy showers in the Upper and Middle Atlas provinces are expected during the afternoons of Thursday and Friday, according to the MND.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Rolling Stones in Morocco - 1989

An interesting video that includes a conversation between Mick Jagger and Paul Bowles as well as the Master Musicians of Joujouka. On the 30th of June the Master Musicians Of Joujouka will give a rare live performance in Marrakech (see details here)  


New Push For Enhancement of Morocco's Ancient Medinas

On Monday, His Majesty King Mohammed VI presided over a ceremony at the Royal Palace of Rabat, which unveiled the programmes for the enhancement of the old medinas of Rabat and Marrakech, Casablanca and Fez
HM King Mohammed VI presides over the Rabat meeting 

The King ordered the development of the third phase of the programme of buildings threatened by ruin. For this the old Casablanca Medina has been given a budget of 300 million dirhams.

These new generation programmes aim to promote Morocco's ancient medinas, improve the living conditions of their inhabitants, preserve their architectural heritage, tangible and intangible, and promote their wealth and cultural authenticity.

At the beginning of this ceremony, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Abdelouafi Laftit emphasized, in an address to His Majesty the King, that these programs, which proceed from a participative approach, support the rehabilitation projects of the old ones. medinas of Rabat, Marrakech and Fez.

The old medina of Rabat will see the restoration of ramparts, historic doors, of mosques and Zaouiyas, as well as the rehabilitation of the traditional foundouks and the provision of green spaces.

Under the program "Marrakech, city of permanent renewal" the city will see the preservation of more than 4,000 buildings, the rehabilitation of El Mellah neighbourhood, Ezrayeb and the Achouhada cemetery, as well as the development of tourist and spiritual tours of the old medina of Marrakech.

Fez, the kingdom's spiritual capital, will see the implementation of restoration programs for historic monuments and treatment of buildings threatened by ruin and a focus on the restoration of 27 historical monuments, including madrassas, foundouks, bridges, souks, tanneries, and bordjs.

These programs in Fez will benefit more than 1,600 people (craftsmen, shopkeepers, and students), allowing the restoration of more than 2,200 buildings threatening by ruin in the old medina of Fez.

According to the Minister of the Interior, the new upgrading program of the old medina of Rabat has a budget of about 325 million dirhams, with a contribution from the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development of nearly 250 million dirhams.

The upgrading program of the old medina of Marrakech will cost 484 million dirhams. The Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development will contribute 150 million dirhams. The cost in the medina of Fez is nearly 583 million dirhams, including 100 million as the contribution of the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development.

The Minister of the Interior indicated that HM King Mohammed VI ordered the development of the third phase of the program of habitats threatened by ruin as an integral part of the rehabilitation programme of the old medina of Casablanca with an overall budget of 300 million dirhams financed by the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development.

The Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, Mr. Mohamed Sajid, pointed out that these enhancement programmes are aimed at strengthening the development of the medinas, improving their tourist and cultural attractiveness, the promotion of their civilizational and human heritage, in addition to improving the incomes of artisans and the development of the social economy.

Mr. Sajid said that the program for the old medina of Fes (2018-2023) concerns the rehabilitation of 39 historic sites of economic activity (Foundouks, workshops, souks), 10 mosques and Koranic schools, and the enhancement of 11 historical sites (water clock, museum of Jewish culture) and the restoration of Dar Al Makina. It is also planned that there will be 8 new car parks and the implementation of an electronic information system to enhance the tourist experience.

The minister also said that the upgrading program of the old medina of Marrakech (2018-2022) includes the preservation of historic monuments, the strengthening of the signaling system and lighting network, the establishment of interactive tourist information, and the development of public spaces and 6 car parks, including two underground.

The upgrading program of the old medina of Rabat (2018-2021) will focus on the development of the Place Bab El Had and places close to the central market, the strengthening of the signaling system, the setting up of interactive platforms for tourist information, pavement lanes (8 km), and the creation of two underground car parks in Bab El Had and Bab Chellah, with a total capacity of 1,090 vehicles.


Friday, May 11, 2018

The Master Musicians of Joujouka, live in Marrakech

On the 30th of June the Master Musicians Of Joujouka will give a rare live performance in Marrakech

The exclusive 4-hour concert, at Villa Janna, presented by Atlas Electronic, is being held to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of their visionary cross-cultural collaboration with Rolling Stones Founder Brian Jones.

Getting to see the group perform is difficult as the Master Musicians of Joujouka's yearly tribal trance party in Morocco is limited to just 50 guests. Performances outside their small village in the Ahl Srif mountain range in Northern Morocco are rare and so this is a great chance to experience the wild magic of the Master Musicians of Joujouka.

You can read more about them in our two part photo essay here.

The Marrakech concert is being held at Villa Janna 
Douar El Mghazli CR Al Ouidane, BP Guéliz 2691
Marrakech - Maroc
Doors open at 17h00
Performance starts at 18h00

Tickets are 395 dirhams and should be purchased on line HERE


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Daylight Saving Ends on Sunday

With the approach of Ramadan, Morocco will turn clocks back this Sunday

13 May 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, 13 May 2018, 03:00:00 clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, 13 May 2018, 02:00:00 local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 13 May 2018 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

Daylight saving will return after Ramadan.  17 Jun 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Starts When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, 17 June 2018, 02:00:00 clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, 17 June 2018, 03:00:00 local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on 17 Jun 2018 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.