Travel to Morocco

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Morocco, a state thriving mainly on tourism as its primary source of foreign exchange, has manifold ventures to offer. Maintaining its place as the top vacation spot in the North African region, Morocco boasts its insights into wonderful surf and yoga facilities, a deep sense of culture and a rich history. Fez, being the signature cultural city of Morocco, holds many talents of leather artistry hidden inside the clustered bazaars. The men of the desert.

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Morocco Pavilion is a rammed earth wonder for Dubai Expo


The Morocco Pavilion is one of the largest rammed earth structures in the world, according to the designers, and will help push the technical and creative limits of traditional building materials into the contemporary age while continuing to pay tribute to the country’s unique culture and landscape.


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Martian Meteor Hits Morocco

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Mars rock rarer than gold and called Tissint falls in Morocco. Scientists have just confirmed that a meteor shower that brought a 15 pound rock hurtling into Morocco really did come from Mars. Travel & Nature Morocco weird scienceThis might explain mystical Moroccan men: maybe they really are from Mars? Or at least influenced by the Martian planet?

Morocco Pavilion is a rammed earth wonder for Dubai Expo


Casablanca-based architects Oualalou+Choi are showcasing traditional Moroccan design and building techniques in the best way possible, by tackling an ambitious 4,000-square-meter rammed earth facade for this year’s Dubai Expo

Learn from Morocco at sunny solar MENASOL conference in Dubai

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The companies Acciona and TSK will be meeting in Dubai to discuss the challenges and opportunities of constructing the Noor I CSP plant in Morocco. Join in on their panel discussion on Morocco’s CSP industry and the lessons learnt on site in Ouarzazate. The 160MW Noor I CSP project in Morocco has been under construction for almost a year and is expected to reach commercial operation in the second half of 2015. Energy Morocco Solar Energy

$9 billion in 2,000 MW solar investment streams into Morocco

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Morocco has persuaded foreign investors to underwrite a $9 billion solar power project. Since 1975, Morocco has controlled most of the Western Sahara, one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world. Morocco, a net energy importer, aims to develop renewable power to grow from 8% to 20% of its total energy mix the next decade. Business Acwa Power International Morocco The Polisario Front Western Sahara world bank

Morocco to Tender Two More Solar Power Plants

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Morocco recently announced that it has pre-selected several solar power producers to build two additional concentrated solar power plants (CSP) in Ourzazate. As part of the country’s overall plan to reduce its energy imports and stabilize energy generation in the next couple of decades, Morocco is pushing ahead with a slew of solar energy projects that will eventually produce up to two gigawatts of clean power.

Morocco to Build Cars in Zero Carbon Factory

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Morocco’s zero-carbon car factory opening earlier this month, via NY Times. The CEO of Renault–Nissan alliance Carlos Ghosn and Moroccan King Mohammed VI inaugerated French automaker’s one-billion-euro plant in Tangier which is set to boost Morocco’s automobile industry.The plant will build several new ‘low cost’ vehicles with an annual capacity that could reach ups 400,000 units. Cars & Transportation Algeria cars France greenhouse gas Morocco Tangier Zero Carbon

Morocco Airport Counts Solar Power Carbon Savings

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Marrakesh also known as the “Ochre City” is my favorite place in Morocco. Read more about our adventures in Morocco: Staying at the Exclusive Kasbah du Toubkal. Morocco and Egypt Eye Eco-Tourism Markets. Cars & Transportation airports Marrakesh Morocco solar powerVisiting there last summer, I got to see how the futuristic transport hub is creating solar power in action.

Invest in ancient fig cultivars in Morocco, invest in the future

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In some areas of Morocco, over 50 percent of fig cultivars have therefore disappeared, and figs decay, unharvested, on the tree branch. She spent 2014-2015 in Morocco as a Critical Languages and Boren scholar. Health figs Morocco OuezzaneMoroccan fig trees are a part of Ahmed Hakam. Until he was nine years old, Ahmed never ventured outside of his birth village near the northern city of Ouezzane.

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Morocco to Pioneer 1 GW Hydro-Wind Hybrid Power

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A huge hydro-wind hybrid power station will double Morocco’s entire installed hydropower capacity – and be a world’s first. Quite aside from the innovation aspect, the size of the project would double Morocco’s existing hydropower, rated at 1,205 MW. While MASEN, Morocco’s Agency for Solar Energy is becoming world famous for its visionary solar projects, the Office National d’Electricite (ONE) runs Morocco’s wind and hydro power energy programs.

How vegan demand for agar is killing Morocco’s red seaweed

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Morocco is now battling the impacts of excess demand for “red-gold” sea weed, an alternative to animal-sourced gelatins for strict vegetarians. A similar story is happening in Morocco, El Jadida, with “red gold” a mineral rich seaweed used to produce agar- agar a natural gelling agent popular with cooks and professional chefs, used in pharmacology and cosmetics and an alternative to animal-sourced gelatins for vegetarians and religious groups that ban pork.

EneR Morocco is Window to Maghreb’s Shiny Energy Potential

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The free EneR event is a networking and investment platform for those interested in Morocco’s renewable energy markets happening later this month in Casablanca. Morocco is wild, yet for the average business or tourist traveler tame and safe. You won’t find Clarke Gable in Morocco, but business investors interested in new financing opportunities might be advised to head to the EneR event in Casablanca later this month , November 22 to 26.

Amtrak looks like a dinosaur next to Kénitra’s high speed railway station in Morocco

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The train system runs like clockwork in Morocco. So we’re excited to see a new project that makes them sped up to the 21st century in design: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture teamed up with Omar Kobité Architecture & Eric Giudice Architects to design a modern high speed railway station for Kénitra – a port city about 47km north of Rabat in Morocco. Related : Stop TGV campaign challenges Morocco’s high speed rail initiative.

Eco Travel Morocco at Holistic Meditation Retreat in the Sahara

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Retreaters must pay their way to Morocco, but after that, the retreat is 295 euros, inclusive. Travel & Nature eco-travel meditation Morocco retreat Sahara desertThe Sahara. It’s the world’s hottest desert and almost as large as China or the United States, so travelers have good reason to be wary of wandering into it alone. But adventurer Tom Thumb has organized another retreat in 2013 for those who want to experience the Sahara.

Poverty Group Objects to Clean Technology Fund in Morocco

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Claiming the the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund is supposed to be used to alleviate poverty, a British group is objecting to the use of World Bank funds in Morocco to deploy a Desertec solar project in Morocco that will export power to Europe. The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) is expected to award the contract for the first phase of the 500 MW Ouarzazate solar project within weeks to one of three energy developers from outside Morocco.

Morocco celebrates its certified nuts in 11th annual Asni Festival!

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The factory is the first-ever organic nut-processing system in Morocco. Built by the Ministry of Agriculture and HAF, and co-managed with Idrarn Cooperative, partners who are pioneers in developing organic agriculture in Morocco. The High Atlas Foundation (HAF) joined in the only Moroccan festival solely dedicated to celebrating nuts, a three-day festival held last Friday in Asni, a small village at the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, south of Marrakesh.

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Meet Morocco’s Renewable Energy Market at EneR in November

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Morocco to invest 8 billion Euros in renewables over the next 8 years. Despite unrest in the Arab world, Morocco has remained a relatively stable environment socially and financially. Morocco’s new investment will be targeted towards reducing total energy consumption, and improving energy efficiency in public buildings, industries, and public transport, so it will be looking for business partners in these areas.

Morocco’s Hydroelectric, Wind and Solar on Track for 2020?s 42% Green Goal

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Saudi Arabia gives Morocco a sunny boost, but Joseph looks at Morocco’s bigger renewable energy picture: an aim to use 42% renewables by 2020. To meet Morocco’s electricity needs, the government has adopted and is implementing a three-phase strategy. Increasing renewable energy use looks a smart move for Morocco. Cleantech, Science & Technology Energy Morocco renewable energy Saudi Arabia Solar Energy Tangiers wind wind farm

Fascinating, Frustrating Morocco: a Tour in Photos

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These are just some the images and experiences of Morocco that will forever be engraved on my mind. Severed goat heads, bloody and besieged by flies, lay side-by-side on a butcher’s slab. A dozen lethal serpents , coiled and poised to strike, wove back and forth before a snake charmer in the Marrakech souk. The Fez Medina tempted me with shop after shop of exotic merchandise until I was hopelessly lost within its maze of serpentine, narrow lanes.

Syria’s seedbank seeds sent for safety to Morocco

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A little sanity in the craziness that is and has been Syria: Precious seeds that had originally been sent by the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) for safeguarding in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Circle were safely delivered to Morocco and Lebanon today.

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Morocco to Welcome Solar Impulse Pilots Tonight

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” Once the pilots have visited the construction site of Morocco’s first solar-thermal plant in Ouarzazate and their trip to Morocco is complete, they will begin to prepare for the next step of their remarkable journey: to fly around the world relying only on the sun for power. More Solar Impulse News: World’s Longest Solar-Powered Flight Will Land in Morocco. Track the Sun-Powered Solar Impulse Flight to Spain and Morocco .

Swarms!!! Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco on High Alert for Desert Locusts

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The UN organization is alerting North Africa’s Algeria, Libya, Mauritania and Morocco to prepare for the likely arrival of Desert Locust swarms from the Sahel in West Africa in the coming weeks. Prevailing winds and historical precedents make it likely the swarms, once formed, will fly to Algeria, Libya, southern Morocco and northwestern Mauritania,” said Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer.

Rocking the “Eco” Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco

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Built by a British-Berber partnership and hugged by one of the most stunning vistas you can imagine, the Kasbah du Toubkal is an absolute must, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for anyone traveling to Morocco. This is Morocco you remind yourself, but this is something you’ve never known before. The Kasbah was a highlight of my trip to Morocco. Travel & Nature activism Atlas Moutains environmental education fair trade Morocco plastics Slow Food water

Retro biker chicks from Morocco in photos

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If you thought that women from the Middle East and North Africa all wear drab black blankets over the head and stay home to cook dinner, these colorful photos by Moroccan-born artist Hassan Hajjaj might challenge that notion. Based in London but heavily influenced by his roots and the reggae scene in his adopted country, Hassan Hajjaj created a series of images that show a side to Muslim women and North African culture that rarely makes mainstream news.

Now Morocco is Looking for Bids for 850 MW of Wind

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Morocco already has the world’s most ambitious solar target. Morocco’s ascendance in renewable development is continuing apace. Morocco’s state-run power utility has just invited companies to bid on five wind farm projects with a total power generation capacity of 850 megawatts, as part of its plan to build 2,000 MW of wind power by 2020. Currently, Morocco has 280 MW of wind energy. Now it is starting on wind.

Submarine Rail Linking Morocco and Spain Gets UN Push

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The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is pushing to revive a thirty year old plan to build a submarine rail link between Morocco and Spain , local Moroccan press reports. Previously stalled for economic reasons, the double track rail tunnel would provide a crucial link between Europe and North Africa, according to Morocco World News. Still, if the project does lift off, it could be completed as soon as 2025. :: Morocco World News.

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Fate of Bluefin Tuna Dangles in Morocco

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Delegates from around the world have gathered in Morocco to determine the fate of a fish. It’s a strange thing – men and women in suits locked behind closed doors, poring over statistics and spreadsheets, jockeying for position and power – all to decide how many bluefin tuna may be legally hauled out of the Atlantic each year.

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Egypt and Morocco’s Equator Prize Winners Preserves Environment through Tradition

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For example, a previous Green Prophet article “ Morocco’s Berbers Had Water Management Sorted “, reveals how water management interventions led by the Word Bank replaced traditional water systems and eventually resulted in even poorer social and environmental outcomes. Catherine from Egypt and Amsing Association from Morocco. Food & Health Lifestyle & Culture Berber Egypt medicinal plants Morocco tradition water

Morocco’s Berbers Had Water Management Sorted

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International water management policies in Morocco have disrupted the Berber’s perfectly good and longstanding system. In 2009 I travelled to the High Atlas mountain region of Morocco to reach some friends that ran an eco-lodge in a very lonesome village with a wholesome lifestyle. The mother of Houssa, the owner of the eco-lodge, revealed the interesting methods used in the Berber tradition to manage their water supply.

World’s largest solar power plant goes live in Morocco

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Morocco has activated the Noor I concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the first part of a three-phase development in the Sahara Desert intended to supply more than a million homes with electricity by 2018. When Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated the facility, he also officially launched Noor II and Noor III. Morocco – similar to Jordan – is not an oil producer, and imports about 97 percent of its energy consumption, according to the World Bank.

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“Fly” Through Morocco on Three Wheels with Twike Maroc

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Twikes have been around for 15 years, but they have only now made their way to Morocco. We contacted the folks at Twike Maroc to answer some questions about the vehicles they have for hire, and to learn more about how they made their way to Morocco, but we haven’t heard back from them yet. A hybrid electric vehicle on three wheels, this ergonomic two seater can travel 10,000km on the equivalent of just 50 liters of fuel, and you can ride one yourself.

Why Solar Cookers Should Spread Like Satellites in Morocco

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Women in rural Morocco are often responsible for the grueling task of trekking miles to collect fuel for cooking, which requires not only energy but also time that might have been used developing or applying other skills. Working with the Foreign Association XXI and ADMR from Morocco, AECI targeted women as protagonists of a cleaner, more equitable future in their Morocco Solar Cookers for Rural Families project. Desertec Begins: 500MW Solar Power in Morocco by 2012.

Could Morocco be First to Get 42% Solar?

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Paris Gives Morocco’s Solar Plan a Frank Chance ). So why Morocco? Like Israel, Morocco has an energy balance heavily weighted against it by the need to import fossil fuels. With no fossil-fuel production capacity, Morocco has to import all its fuel requirements. Perhaps because Morocco is a monarchy, it can lever a tighter decisionmaking power center than in a democracy. Related stories: Paris Gives Morocco’s Solar Plan A Frank Chance.

Morocco’s Atlas Kasbah Eco-Lodge is 80% Solar-Powered

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Their facility in Morocco’s UNESCO-protected Argan Biosphere Reserve – just a skip from Agadir’s popular beaches – has won a bevy of green accolades that distinguishes it as one of the most sustainable such eco-tourism establishments in the entire country (if not the Magreb!). More on Sustainable Developments in Morocco: Why Solar Cookers Should Spread Like Satellites in Morocco. Rocking the “Eco” Kasbah du Toubkal in Morocco.

Government Slaughterhouse Rises as Cool Art Space in Morocco

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Spotted over on Brownbook Magazine , The Slaughterhouse is an exciting new space for artists in what has become one of Morocco’s most bustling commercial centers. A disused government-owned slaughterhouse in Casablanca that ceased to operate in 2000 now hosts art exhibitions, music shows, film screenings and other cultural activities run by La Fabrique Culturelle.

Dirty Rubber Recycled into Unbelievably Beautiful Decor in Morocco

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Now based in Morocco, Dole incorporated local and natural materials into the design process to soften the rubber, adding color and a grace that belies the origin of these once wasted materials. Raising the profile of Morocco’s talented artisans and putting money in their pocket, this fantastic project also has unsung environmental benefits as hundreds of pounds of rubber has been diverted from the city’s already overburdened landfills. :: Designboom.

France’s GDF Suez Jumps on Morocco’s Wind Wagon

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By the end of the decade, Morocco hopes to generate a full 2,000 megawatts of wind energy , but for now, the North African country needs all the help it can get from foreign investors. At the end of two decades, Africa’s largest wind plant to date will be owned by Morocco. GDF Suez and Morocco’s Nareva Holding have jointly invested in the new plant which will be built in the southern part of the country.

Morocco’s Tourism Season Kicks off With Luxury Eco-Camping

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Every year thousands of Europeans head to Morocco for a cheap trip; hopefully more will travel the eco-friendly way. British tour operator Specialist Morocco recently announced that they are opening up their ecologically-friendly tented camp in Morocco’s Southern Draa Valley for another season. To get to the camp, visitors will drive about seven hours south of Marrakech, a journey that passes through some of Morocco’s most compelling and winding vistas.

Morocco: Arab World Star Has A Dark Side

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The Arab World’s superstar, Morocco’s longstanding exploitation of natural resources in the Western Sahara casts a dark shadow on the country’s reputation. Following unprecendented support (nearly 99%) for a draft constitution initiated by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI , the country is being hailed as a model for the rest of the Arab world. Why, you ask, would Morocco be interested in the Western Sahara? Will Morocco continue to look the other way.

What do the U.S., Russia, Ireland and Morocco have in common?

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Archi5?s Solar-Powered Archaeology Museum for Morocco

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In keeping with Morocco’s ambitions to amp up the nation’s solar energy production , Archi5 submitted a brief for a renewably-powered museum to the Moroccan Minister of Culture in 2010. Possessing a valuable collection of treasures found in well-known sites historical such as Volubilis , the archaeology museum is important to Morocco and could use an upgrade.

World’s Longest Solar-Powered Flight Will Land in Morocco!

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The world’s longest solar-powered flight will land in Morocco. Now they have announced plans to break their own record in May or June by flying their Solar Impulse plane from Switzerland to Morocco in preparation of their round-the-world trip scheduled for next year. Morocco Airport Counts Solar Power Carbon Savings.