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Wind-Power as a Renewable Energy Resource in Morocco

With almost 94 percent of its energy requirements being imported, Morocco has for some years now been implementing various renewable energy programs such as solar power, wind energy and hydroelectricity. The country has been identified by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as having the potential of being a regional leader in renewable energy technologies. In addition to the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station in the Souss-Massa Drâa region, and the Ain Beni Mathar Integrated Thermo Solar Combined Cycle Power Plant in the Jerada province of the Oriental region, Morocco has several hydroelectric power stations, including those located at Al Massira Dam, Hassan I Dam, Idriss I Dam and Mohamed V Dam.

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5 Helpful Tips When Exploring Marrakech

If you’re seeking a unique and intriguing holiday destination that’s free of all subtlety and possesses an atmosphere unlike any other, the beautifully ancient Moroccan city of Marrakech could the perfect choice for you. There’s so much to witness and plenty to explore, with stunning views, glorious food and the friendliest of locals all contributing to a wonderful North African holiday experience.

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Solar Energy Production Progresses in Morocco

In support of Morocco's ongoing efforts to develop its renewable energy resources and reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, the World Bank has approved the US$519 million phase two and phase three expansion of the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station (OSPS) which will provide up to 1.1 million Moroccans with a source of clean renewable energy by 2018. Located in the Ghessat rural council area of Souss-Massa-Drâa, around 10 km from the town of Ouarzazate, the OSPS covers an area of 2,500 hectares with phase one of the project, referred to as Noor 1 CSP (concentrated solar power), already under construction. The first phase of the project will supply 160 megawatts of energy, while phase two and three are set to provide 350 megawatts as well as the installation of solar thermal collectors and solar energy tower. It is anticipated that the plant will be operational in the second half of 2015.

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History and Culture in the Museums of Marrakech

Housed in the Dar M'Nebhi Palace in the historic center of the city, the Museum of Marrakech offers visitors a window into the history and culture of Morocco. Built in the late 1800s by Mehdi Menebhi, the palace is a superb example of classical Andalusian architecture which was restored by the Omar Benjelloun Foundation* and opened to the public as a museum in 1997. Traditional seating areas, a central courtyard with fountains, exquisite tiling, mosaics and wood carvings, as well as a traditional hammam are all features of the palace. The atrium of the museum is covered in fabric and glass with an unusual chandelier-style decoration hanging in the center, catching and reflecting the light. Exhibits at the museum include collections of traditional and contemporary Moroccan art, along with historic books, pottery and coins representing Moroccan Jewish, Arab and Berber cultures.

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The Rejuvenation of the Fez River

Traditionally known as 'Oued Al Jawahir' (River of Jewels), the Fez River runs through the heart of the city's ancient Medina – a large medieval pedestrian urban area listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural and historical value. As the urban area grew, the river became polluted with chemicals from tanneries and other craft workshops, as well as sewage from the growing population. Eventually city authorities started covering the polluted river with slabs of concrete, creating open spaces that became rubbish dumps. Today, primarily thanks to the efforts of Moroccan architect and engineer Aziza Chaouni, the river has been uncovered again and the areas around it are being turned into open, eco-friendly public spaces for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors to the Imperial City of Fez.

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Wildlife of Tazekka National Park

Located near the city of Taza in Morocco's Middle Atlas mountain range, Tazekka National Park has varied terrain offering habitats to a wide range of reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals, with the latter including the rare Barbary deer (Cervus elaphus barbarous). Also known as the Atlas deer, the Barbary deer was once extinct in Morocco, but was reintroduced into Tazekka National Park through a Moroccan-German collaboration launched in 1994. Initially two males and six females were transported from Tunisia to Tazekka where they were allocated a reserve of 1.5 hectares. Unfortunately, two of the females died upon arrival, but the remaining animals appeared in good health and in 1995, ten Barbary deer were counted in the reserve. More recently up to seventy deer have been observed in an area of around five hundred hectares within the park.

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Morocco's Imperial Cities: Rabat

Founded in the 12th century by the Almohad caliph Yaqub al-Mansur, Rabat was designated in the 18th century as one of Morocco's four Imperial Cities by the Alaouite sultan Muhammad ibn Abdallah. The other three imperial cities are Meknés, Marrakech and Fez. Today, Rabat is Morocco's second largest city, serves as the country's capital and hosts all foreign embassies. Located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River on the Atlantic Ocean, Rabat has merged with neighboring Temara and Salé to form a conurbation which is home to more than 1.8 million people. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Rabat presents an interesting blend of old and new, and visitors will find a busy, modern city with several historical and cultural attractions to explore.

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Filmmaking Flourishes in Morocco

Morocco is one of North Africa's top travel destinations, attracting visitors from around the world and hosting events supported by international artists, such as the recently held Festival Mawazine. With its spectacular scenery, majestic landmarks, modern infrastructure and geographical accessibility, Morocco is also becoming an increasingly important destination for international filmmakers. A recent report by the Moroccan Cinema Center (MCC) revealed that in the first six months of 2014, investment in the production of films in Morocco exceeded 500 million Moroccan dirham – more than double the amount invested for the whole of last year.

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