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The "Morocco Day" Zagoura Guest City

Zagora rich history with beautiful attractions

The city that is located at the foot of the Atlas Mountain, and in the Valley of Draa River, with a huge palm grove of 200 km that ends with a sandy stretches of the Sahara. It is the city of Zagora that sits in the region of Draa Tafilalet in southern Morocco, and is surrounded by some beautiful Kasbahs. The desert is near and the landscape takes on a mineral splendor whose brilliancereflects on the buildings. With a total area of ​​2,180,307 ha, it is limited to the North by the province of Ouarzazate, to the East by the city of Errachidia, to the Southwest by the province of Tata and to the Southeast by the Algerian-Moroccan borders, with a population of 65,000.

Zagora offers for tourists wild landscapes of Sahara Desert, a venture into the Moroccan countryside with hopping in a camel to reach Berber campsite, and sleeping under the stars in gold dunes. Zagora is a real gold mine for lovers of cinema and art-deco architecture. The cultural diversity of Zagora is not only at the level of architecture: monuments, Ksours and Kasbahs. The multiethnic population makes it a melting pot of Africo-Arab civilizations. Its richness lies in the fact that it is able to enhance its heritage and make it part of modernity.

Zagora is a former Almoravid fortress that served to control the Saharan trade; it was founded in the middle Ages by the Saadians as a gateway to the conquest of Morocco and the Sahara and as a starting point for caravans. In fact, it is the cradle of this dynasty. The modern city of Zagora was built by the French for the control of the region.

The city in which dunes meets with nature

Even if it’s nearest to the desert the city is characterized by its diversity of flora, fauna, nature and beautiful golden dunes of Tinfou, M’Hamid El Ghislane, Chegaga, Erg Lihoudi and N'Khila. The Drâa Valley has one of the most beautiful and spectacular desert landscapes. Zagora is first of all one of the palm groves that is the pride of this region of Drâa. Its explorers on camel or car recognize the generosity of this desert that offers peace, purity and holiness.

The city is famous with its picture of Jebel Zagora with palm trees; a mountain that give the chance of noticing the palm grove of Amazrao, the most tourist area. It is an evocative environment, filled with palm trees and Kasbahs. The first desert dunes appear in its surroundings. The city of Zagora is famous as an agricultural center for the production of dates and henna.

It constitutes a base for Saharan tourism and provides all the necessary services. Roads start in the direction of the dunes of Mhamid or the south, with paths that lead to the city of Foum Zguid and the region of Tafilalet.

The city is famous with its mousems and festivals, as the festivalof nomads, sub-Saharan film and Moussem of Sidi Naji, which brings together pilgrimage of the members of the brotherhood of Nwaji from the entire Sub-Saharan region.

Transport and climate of Zagora

Zagora has a small airport but the nearest international airport is Ouarzazate (180 km). From Ouarzazate, you can take a collective taxi or a bus. A lot of travel agencies organize direct travel to the city and its tourist monuments.

The travel agencies excursions give tourists the chance to visit the famous High Atlas Mountains of Tichka and stop in Berber mountain villages, with a view of the Tizi n Tichka Pass and visit of the Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou and the studios of Ouarzazate. The most beautiful thing in the desert is sleeping in a desert campas the climatic environment is generally part of the Saharan bioclimatic stage.

- "rokba ," is a traditional band that reflects the cultural heritage of the Zagora region, is headed by Mohammed El-Qartawi, who has been able to seduce the Moroccan public, who have loved the original folklore heritage for more than three decades. The body of the cultural and artistic heritage of Morocco, and the Kartawi team has undertaken to transfer this heritage of Moroccan origin to all parts of the world, through participation in festivals and international forums.

- "Draa Taraybes": a youth group whose members are from the wadis of Wadi Draa, managed to be characterized by a lyrical style that reflects the African, Amazigh and desert diversity that characterizes the region. The band was famous for a series of works in which it was able to define the region and its landscapes, in a way that combines African rhythms into a new modern mold.

Also participating in this year's session are:
- Mohamed Bennour: The artist comes from the region of Zagora and his paintings were simple and varied, and participated in many national and international exhibitions. Banoor's work is characterized by its desert depth, which makes its visitors travel far through the gates of the palaces of Zakoura.

- Mohamed Basso: A Moroccan comedian from the town of Zagora known to the Moroccan audience through the program "Comedy" and became a Manpbers Moroccan screen faces, famous for his comic roles and a collection of works of art in Arabic and English.

Mustafa Al-Wardi is an author and composer interested in the poem and the Arabic and Amazigh song. He studied music and the Oud instrument at the Agadir Music Institute. He participated in a number of national and international festivals.

Celebrating the Moroccan Caftan

The American and Moroccan audience in the United States will have an appointment with Moroccan fashion through the Moroccan Caftan fashion show, which will feature a range of models. The aim of the show is to familiarize Americans with the peculiarities of traditional Moroccan dress, as well as an important part of Morocco's cultural heritage and aspects of Moroccan civilization on Morocco Day in America.
Cinema. Photo of Morocco in America

For the first time on "Morocco Day in America", this year organizers organize a space to showcase Moroccan films through the Moroccan Film Panorama. Moroccan director Cihan Seahar will be participating in this session of the Moroccan Day in America, which is a great success in Morocco in Wonderland. The roles of the film have led a selection of Moroccan silver screen stars.

The Americans will be able to learn about Moroccan cinema and the implications of the Moroccan culture, the geography of Morocco and its deeply rooted civilization.

Noman Lahlou
Noman Lahlou (born 1965 Fes) is a Moroccan composer, composer, composer, music researcher and lecturer. He is one of the most important Moroccan and Arab musicians of his generation. He entered the world of music and art at the age of five with a guitar given to him, then enrolled at the tenth at the Music Institute in Fez.

After a few years with the Andalusian music group and his bachelor's degree, he decided to travel and settle in the United States, where he lived in Orlando, Florida. He then went to Miami, where he sang and played the Oud in the Moroccan gallery inside Walt Disney, and then to Los Angeles, where he met musician Mohamed Abdel Wahab, who was impressed with his voice and talent and advised him to settle in Egypt.
Indeed, Noman left for stability in Egypt, and from there began his artistic career, speeding up what was adopted as a singer and composer on radio and television and at the Opera House. Noman Lahlou returned to Egypt following his Egyptian experience of music in his homeland. His first song was "Atlas Mountains", which he performed with Latifa Raafat, which was a great success.
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