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Sofia Marikh: Multi-talented Entertainer

Born in the city of Casablanca on October 15, 1982, Sofia Marikh revealed at a young age that she was a natural in front of the camera when she appeared in an advertisement for diapers at the age of four. She went on to appear in a number of commercials both in Morocco and France, and appeared in two films - Soleil and Wa Baad - during her teenage years. She has since added musician and entertainer to her list of achievements and has been a contestant on the television talent show Star Academy Arab World.

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The Wattasid Dynasty of Morocco

In its long and often tumultuous history, the Kingdom of Morocco was dominated by a succession of dynasties, one of these being the Wattasid Dynasty, established in 1472 and ending in 1554. The Wattasid Dynasty succeeded the Marinid Dynasty, both of which were of Zenata Berber descent, adhering to the tenets of Sunni Islam. These two related dynasties had dealings with one another in the years preceding the Wattasid Dynasty taking power. It is said that the Marinids had recruited many of their viziers from among the ranks of the Wattasids, which may very well have been their own undoing.

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Morocco's Alaouite Dynasty

Morocco's Royal Family are descendants of the Alaouite Dynasty, which has been ruling since 1631 when its founder, Moulay Ali Cherif, became Prince of Tafilalt. At this time authority to rule the region was passed from the Saadi Dynasty to the Alaouite Dynasty, both of which are believed to be descended from the Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima and her husband the 4th Caliph Ali, who was a cousin of the prophet. With common ancestry, the transfer of power from the Saadi Dynasty to the Alaouite Dynasty, while not being without conflict, had a sense of continuity, adding a strong case of legitimacy enabling the Royal Family to endure through colonial rule, a period when the country was divided between Spanish and French authorities, and subsequent independence.

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Morocco's Fascinating Flora

There is more to Morocco than meets the eye at first glance. It is filled with magnificent sights, historical wonders and mythical deserts, with a range of activities that include everything from camel riding to extreme sports. If visitors take the time to look closer at the flora that blankets the various parts of Morocco, they will find that the country is actually rich in plant life and boasts numerous rare species. Morocco is divided into eight phytogeographic zones that preserve these breathtaking plant species, which are vital to the existence of animal, insect and bird life in the country.

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Mohammed Choukri: A Success Story

The life story of Mohammed Choukri is an inspiring one. Following a troubled childhood, he was able to raise himself up to become one of the greatest novelists and authors to emerge out of Morocco.

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History: The Idrisid Dynasty

The Idrisid Dynasty was named after its founding leader, and is a very interesting part of the history of Morocco. Idris I, or Idris ibn Abdallah, was a descendant of Ali ibn Abi Talib, and his wife was Prophet Muhammad’s daughter. The combination of their ancestry made them a target for Abbasid persecution, as well as his brother and cousin being active members of the revolts and dedicated anti-Abbasid supporters. He narrowly avoided the Massacre of Fakh, which took place in 786, and fled to Morocco. Zaydite missionaries traveled to Maghreb ahead of Idris I, and by the time of his arrival the Awraba Berbers of Volubilis were prepared to name him their leader.

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Morocco's Tea Drinking Tradition

In Morocco, brewing and drinking tea is a much-loved tradition that signifies hospitality and friendship, and is carried out with great care. Using green tea as a base, with mint leaves and sugar, Moroccan mint tea is served throughout the day and particularly at mealtimes. While food preparation is the domain of women, the tea is often prepared by the male head of the family and is considered to be an art passed down through generations.

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SPANA – Promoting Animal Welfare

As its name suggests, the Society for the Protection of Animals and Nature (SPANA) in Morocco is a non-profit charity devoted to the welfare of the country’s animals, as well as promoting nature conservation. With HRH Princess Lalla Asmaa as the organization’s Honorary President, SPANA undertakes to achieve its stated objectives of promoting the proper care of animals in both a work environment as well as companion animals; educating the public with regard to environmental issues; and contributing to the conservation of Morocco’s natural heritage.

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