Jemaa el-Fna The Heart of Marrakesh; Farah S Kamal; Mag The Weekly

Morocco – Medina of Marrakesh

I entered through Bab Doukkala, an old city gate built in the 12th century to the Northern side of Medina. Walking through a maze of souks, I reached the square of Jemaa el-Fna, “la place” or “the square” as it is called in Marrakesh. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a city centre and by all means a comprehensive Moroccan cultural hub. The cacophony of sights and sound at this triangular shaped place attracts tourists from all around the world. It is a robust meeting place for Moroccans, busy merchants and engaged street performers. Together they all appear to be part of a beautifully choreographed live cultural performance right out of the Arabian Night tales.

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Top 4 of UNESCO world heritage sites in Africa; Denis Tutu; Africa News

Morocco – Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Needless to say that Africa is the land of natural wonders. Making a list of the most captivating places in the continent is not an easy task. Therefore, we narrowed our research to the top 4 most distinguished UNESCO heritage sites across Africa.

Even if we can’t visit all of these places, it is always interesting to discover the astounding nature that surrounds us.

Morocco: Aït Benhaddou

Morocco is one of the most appealing touristic location in Africa that encompasses several interesting areas such as Ksar Aït Benhaddou. Situated in the province of Ouarzazate, Aït Benhaddou was declared a UNESCO site since 1987. This site is a great example of the earthen clay architecture in the North African country. No wonder that the architecture of this village has peaked the interest of Hollywood top producers.

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Volubilis Among the Seven ‘Newly Accessible Wonders of the World’; Morocco World News

Morocco – Archaeological Site of Volubilis

Rabat – If you are looking for off the beaten track travel destinations, offering you an escape from the crowds and with historic and architectural appeal similar to the world’s most famous monuments, then hurry up to discover the ruins of Volubilis before it gets on everyone’s bucket list.

Bloomberg  curated a list of seven “newly accessible” wonders of the world that include Volubilis, the magnificent Roman city located outside of Fez.

The list also includes the remains of the Royal Empire in India, the onetime Mayan capital in Guatemala, sprawling Roman mansions in Portugal, “pyramids on steroids” in Sudan, a lost city of Colombia, and a lion-shaped fortress in Sri Lanka. These underexplored destinations have as much to offer as the most famous touristic sites around the world.

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Tetouan Joins UNESCO Creative Cities Network; Hajar Kahlaoui; Morocco World News

Morocco – Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin)

Rabat – Tetouan has become the first Moroccan city to join the Creative Cities Network of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The northern city, whose medina was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, was chosen for its crafts and folk art.

UNESCO announced on October 31 that Tetouan, along with 63 others from 44 countries, would join the network, which aims to “foster innovation and creativity as key drivers for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.”

“These new designations showcase an enhanced diversity in city profiles and geographical balance, with 19 cities from countries not previously represented in the Network,” said Director-General Irina Bokova.

“The cooperation framework proposed to foster candidate cities from the Africa region – a UNESCO Global Priority – has been a true success with nine African cities now joining the Network.”

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Fabulous Fez: Morocco’s Quiet Oasis, Part 2; R Couri Hay; TravelSquire

Morocco – Archaeological Site of Volubilis

Experience Morocco’s quiet oasis, the city of Fez along with Volubilis, a 2300 year-old Roman city. This peaceful Muslim country is inspiring and beautiful.

Having sat in the lap of luxury for most of our time spent in Marrakesh, we decided to get out on our own and rent a car. Our destination: the quiet oasis of Fez, a six and half hour drive from Marrakech, and well worth a few days.

Fez is actually three cities meshed into one: Fes El Bali, the old 8th-century medina, al-Aliya, the “new” medina dating from the 9th century and the modern city that has grown around them.

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The 8 Most Magical Tours In Africa; Hannah; Trip101

Morocco – Medina of Marrakesh

See our pick of some of the best tours in Africa. From Morocco to Botswana, here is a list of places you’ve got to visit in 2017.

Africa is steeped in natural wonder, vast landmass, the different landscapes and climates – from the searing Sahara to the sleepy Savannah. It has both tropical rainforests and bustling metropolises with raw coast line on either side. Africa it seems has it all, with millions of tourists flocking to visit this magical continent every year it’s easy to see why, but with so much to choose from and so much to see, it’s hard to know how to begin your African adventure. Luckily we here at Trip101 have you covered.

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Fabulous Fez: Morocco’s Quiet Oasis, Part 2; R Couri Hay; TravelSquire

Morocco – Archaeological Site of Volubilis

Experience Morocco’s quiet oasis, the city of Fez along with Volubilis, a 2300 year-old Roman city. This peaceful Muslim country is inspiring and beautiful.

Having sat in the lap of luxury for most of our time spent in Marrakesh, we decided to get out on our own and rent a car. Our destination: the quiet oasis of Fez, a six and half hour drive from Marrakech, and well worth a few days.

Fez is actually three cities meshed into one: Fes El Bali, the old 8th-century medina, al-Aliya, the “new” medina dating from the 9th century and the modern city that has grown around them.

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11 Locations From Around The World Where Game Of Thrones Has Been Shot; Sampada Sharma; Scoop Whoop

Morocco – Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Game of Thrones is set in the medieval ages and while there are some elements of fantasy on the show, the power struggle and the politics is as real as it can get. With a plot line that delivers a twist every few minutes, the show has had us on the edge of our seats for almost seven years now and we’re still loving every bit of it.

The various locations of the show add the much-needed authenticity to make the GoT universe as real as possible. In fact, most places that we’ve seen on the show exist in real life and are not just sets.

Here are 11 locations from all over the world where Game of Thrones has been shot.

1. Dragonstone – Zumaia, Spain

Dragonstone is one of the most important locations this season.

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Ancient Moroccan architecture, sunshine spices and rooftops with serious views… This is how to spend 48 hours in Fez; Sofia Zagzoule; The Sun

Morocco – Medina of Fez

If you can hack the heat, it might be time to book yourself a summer holiday to one of Morocco’s most beautiful cities.

IF you’re after sunshine and culture then look no further.

Morocco’s Fez has got it all…

Explore the medina

The old city is nicknamed the “Athens of Africa” and its 9th-century medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Take a guided tour of some of the 9,700 pedestrianised streets to see the incredible mosaics of Bou Inania Medersa and El Glaoui Palace, and peer through the engraved wooden doors of Al Quaraouiyine, the world’s first university dating from 859 AD. Half-day tours cost from £40.

Then sip mint tea at the cafe of the 18th century Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts and Crafts, entry £1.60.

Later get a hilltop selfie on the top of Al-Qolla while visiting the remains of the Merenid Tombs.

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More Roman Innovation and How to Innovate Like a Tourist; Scott Bowden; Innovation Excellence

Morocco – Archaeological Site of Volubilis

I wrote recently about innovation lessons from the Roman Empire (SPQR Innovation) and in the course of my travels and research, I have uncovered additional Roman examples that are worth investigating.  I also would like to share an insight that occurred to me concerning a characteristic of tourism and how it relates to the challenges faced by innovation practitioners.

Roman Maritime Concrete

The first Roman example appeared in a local paper and has ties to a local university where I live, so I assume that this information has not reached a broader audience.  As I mentioned in my previous article, the Roman Empire spanned hundreds of years and left a lasting imprint on the planet.

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