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Tetouan Socio-Economic Projects Launched

In a recent visit to Tetouan, HM King Mohammed VI launched a number of community-based projects aimed at strengthening the infrastructure of the area and providing conditions for sustainable social development. Among the projects is the plan for a complex in the Jbel Dersa neighborhood of Tetouan which will include facilities for local associations, a service center for local youth, pre-school classes and an apprenticeship training center. Moreover, the projects aim to integrate marginalized neighborhoods as part of the Tetouan urban development program and promote the city as a destination in keeping with the economic and social changes brought about in the region by the creation of the Tanger-Med port complex.

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Morocco Recognized as Prime Tourism Destination

Morocco has a well-earned reputation as a top tourist destination offering a rich cultural and historic heritage, diversity in nature, a range of adventure travel options and warm hospitality. Recognizing the potential to develop tourism opportunities in Morocco, a host of major international hotel chains have plans to expand their operations in this exotic North African country. The fact that the tourism industry has government backing makes Morocco an even more attractive investment choice for hotel groups.

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Roschdy Zem Film Entered for Oscar

Morocco's entry for the Foreign Films Category of the 2012 Oscar Awards is the movie 'Omar Killed Me', chosen by the country's selection commission, headed by Mohamed Gallaoui. The film has already been said to be a top contender for the 2012 Oscars. Winning the Best Foreign Language Film Award would be a wonderful achievement for Morocco and for Roschdy Zem, the Moroccan filmmaker responsible for the shooting and compiling of the film.

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2011 Gnawa Festival

Considered to be one of Morocco's most scenic locations, Essaouira's Moulay Hassan square was the main venue for the 2011 Gnawa Festival that took place in June. With the 16th century Portuguese fort looming over the restless Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the town’s white sandy beach to the east, Moulay Hassan welcomed musicians and music-lovers from all over Morocco, and beyond its borders, to celebrate the universally uniting power of music.

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Morocco's Hotel Industry Looks to the Future

Following the positive results of "Vision 2010" and under the banner of "Vision 2020", King Mohammed VI aims to increase the number of tourists visiting Morocco to 18 million by the year 2020. Morocco is currently ranked as number 25 of the world's top tourist destinations and the King has noted that he would like to see the country in the top 20.

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Boost for Morocco Tourism

Tourism in Morocco is a vital industry as it not only promotes the country on various levels, including investments, but assists the local population in carving out an existence. From the Bab Rouah in Rabat to the Menara Gardens in Marrakech, Morocco is a country filled with unique attractions and extraordinary landscapes that are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. Recognizing the importance of this industry, Caisse de Depot et de Gestion, an investment fund run by the state, have made the decision to boost the industry over a five year period and have set aside a staggering amount of money to make the project a reality.

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The Assilah Arts Festival Gets Wired

This year's Assilah Festival is one of the first ever arts festival to be fully wired with an iPhone and Android app and regularly updated content. It might not be the most widely known of festivals, but this year festival-goers, fans and interested parties can be part of the activities at Assilah through their mobile phones.

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Morocco Lures Hollywood

There is nothing more captivating than the endless rolling dunes of the deserts of Morocco with caravans of camels slowly moving across the ancient sand. The color displays as the sun moves over the granular landscape and a sunset witnessed from the comfort of an oasis is unforgettable. Hollywood has recognized these unique qualities of this exotic country and numerous film companies have come to Morocco to film spectacular scenes. The latest films that have chosen Morocco as a film location include Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Sex and the City 2.

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