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Thank u very much blessed Ramadan for u too 😊🙏 

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The national office of the Association of Cafe and Restaurant owners has submitted a petition to Morocco’s  Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, calling him to reverse the decision to maintain a night curfew during Ramadan.

Noureddine El Haraq, the president of the association signed the petition, emphasizing that the suspension of the night curfew may contribute to saving the sector.

The petition warned that the decision to maintain the night curfew during Ramadan threatens a “complete collapse” of the sector that is a source of income for many Moroccans.

Morocco decided to maintain the night curfew during Ramadan as part of the preventive measures to limit the pandemic crisis.

The government cited a “remarkable” increase in infections and concerns regarding the situation due to the new COVID-19 variants.

The night curfew in Ramadan means that cafes will not operate for the whole month. Traditionally, and before the pandemic’s outbreak, cafe and restaurant activity reaches its peak during the evening.

In response, the association issued several statements expressing their concerns regarding the night curfew decision. 

The first statement announced strikes that cafe owners planned to show their concern regarding the COVID-19 restrictions.

Last week, a second statement was released stating that the association will hold the government responsible for the outcome resulting from the decision to maintain the night curfew.

The maintenance of the night curfew is not with precedent. In March 2020, Morocco announced a total lockdown that lasted several months and included Ramadan.

The lockdown included the full shutdown of cafes and restaurants.

When lockdown eased in mid-June, restaurants and other public spaces re-opened with strict health restrictions, such as 50% capacity of customers, social distancing, and sanitary measures.

 

Ramadan mubarak, blessed ramadan to everyone especially the Moroccan community family ♥️♥️ May this month bring light, happiness, peace, love, health, and lots of blessings to you ♥️🙏 

And in Morocco 🇲🇦 Ramadan is on Wed ♥️😍 Ramadan mubarak 

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Moroccans have long used natural products to purify and beautify. Traditional beauty secrets include ingredients ranging from essential oils to native plants.

Morocco is a land of diverse nature and beauty. It offers “wanderlust” landscapes from historical to modern, colorful cities and a shimmering sea that hugs its coast from Tangier in the North to Guererat in the South. Magnificent mountains stretching throughout the country and cascading waterfalls will bring you comfort and peace, not to mention the golden colors of Moroccan desert sands.

Morocco’s charm and warmth do not stop at its landscapes and natural wonders. It extends to the Moroccan people and their own unique perspective on beauty.

Purification and cleanliness are deeply rooted in religion, and cleansing both the body and spirit is an essential Moroccan custom. Many traditional beauty rituals derive from this.

This is also why Moroccans make a great deal of frequenting the “hammam,” or traditional Moroccan bathhouse, for deep cleansing, exfoliation, skin treatments, and other body care such as purifying massages and masks.
These are the most essential of the natural Moroccan cosmetics created and proven effective by local women. They will definitely benefit your own beauty rituals.


Rosewater and rose oil

Local women prepare rosewater in Morocco’s oasis valley “El kelaa M’gouna,” commonly known as Valley of the Roses. Every morning, women that live in the valley go to the fields to pick Damask roses.

They crush, steam, and distill the rose petals, creating oil vapor and water vapor. They then cool the steam, yielding both rose oil and rosewater.

The value of these products goes beyond their beautiful scent. Moroccans use rosewater for cleansing and hydrating purposes, to soothe and tone the skin. It can serve as a makeup remover as well as an anti-aging serum. 

Rosewater can also help treat acne and balance the skin’s pH, just by spraying it on a cotton pad and gently dabbing it on the affected area or spraying it directly onto the skin. The water can also soothe the eyes and calm inflammation.

You can also spray rosewater directly on dry or damp hair to keep it soft, hydrated, and frizz-free.

Argan oil

Argan oil comes from the seeds of the Argan tree, which grows almost exclusively in southwest Morocco. The oil comes in two forms, edible and cosmetic.

Aside from its physical health values, argan oil has marvelous beauty benefits. Moroccan women have incorporated argan oil in their beauty routines for centuries to improve skin, hair, and nail health.

Moroccans apply argan oil directly on the skin to treat everything from eczema and psoriasis to wrinkles and hair loss.

Argan oil is a great moisturizer thanks to its high level of vitamin E, which is why you can find it in many common beauty products such as lotions, soaps, and hair conditioners.

The oil contains a significant amount of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is great for treating wounds, healing skin infections, countering acne, and addressing other skin conditions.

Argan oil can help restore the skin’s elasticity and leave it feeling plumper and softer, making the oil a great anti-aging product.

Ghassoul clay

“Ghassoul,” or “rhassoul” derives from the Arabic verb “rassala,” which means “to wash.”It is a natural mineral clay, mined from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains.

Moroccan women use ghassoul as part of their hammam ritual, applying the substance to their skin and hair, leaving it for approximately 15 minutes, then rinsing it off with warm water.

Ghassoul has cleansing, soothing, absorbing, and regenerative properties that come from its plentiful vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. These include iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, and silicon.

The natural clay can open up dead cells and cleanse pores by removing dirt. This purifies the skin, turning it smoother and softer.

Beldi Soap

“Beldi”soap, or Moroccan black soap, is a high-alkaline castile soap with a gel-like consistency, made from olive oil and macerated olives. This substance is also part of Moroccans’ traditional hammam skin treatment ritual.

Locals use the multipurpose soap to cleanse, moisturize, and exfoliate the skin with the help of a coarse fabric washcloth, or “kessa,” which is used to remove dead skin cells.

It is rich in vitamin E which helps in purifying and moisturizing the skin, as well as fighting against dullness, aging, and dehydration. It is suitable for all skin types, especially dry and mature skin.

Henna

Henna is derived from a plant that grows in the Mediterranean area. It can be found in Morocco’s traditional “souks” and its more modern markets.

The leaves of the henna plant are ground to form a fine powder, which is then mixed with water to create a thick, mud-like paste.

Using Moroccan henna is a very popular tradition in the country. Women of all ages wear it during special celebrations and holidays such as weddings, engagement parties, “sboua,” which is the local version of a baby shower, and Eid.

You can also mix Amazigh tint with henna to make a hair mask that will increase shine and softness. When added to ghassoul clay, it enhances the skin’s clarity and creates a natural, brightened, and soft complexion.

 

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Due to its unique location, Morocco has been influenced by many cultures throughout the years. For centuries, the country was formed by the mixture of African tribes from the other side of the Sahara Desert, Islamic traditions from Arab neighbors, and European colonizers. All of these influences have created a culture unlike any other and nowhere is this more clear than in the country’s unique architectural style.

Today, different design elements can be seen in the buildings throughout Morocco but the strongest influence in the country’s architecture (both in the past and the present) is Islam. Indeed, the specific decoration guidelines of Islam have been used to direct the construction and ornamentation of buildings in Morocco for centuries.

In addition to the Islamic influence, Hispano-Moorish architecture (a type of architecture characteristic of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula) also took roots in Morocco during the Almoravid dynasty. Today, a combination of these two particular styles can be found in most buildings throughout the country.

Understanding the great variety of buildings in Morocco and their diverse architectural styles and elements can become overwhelming, so allow us to take you on a journey through the variety of elements.

Design Elements

Morocco is often described as a country of allure, mystery and beauty and this is certainly in part due to its unique architecture. Despite the country’s sometimes turbulent history, most of its artistic heritage has survived until today.

Design elements of Moroccan architecture also have a strong Islamic influence. These include elaborate geometric patterns, ornamental Islamic calligraphy of Quranic verses, and colorful zellij (a ceramic-tile mosaic). Open courtyards with lavish gardens can also be found at the center of most buildings: these were constructed as places of privacy and relaxation.

The Hispano-Moorish style also features prominently in Moroccan architecture. Its main design elements include sharp white walls, stucco roofs among the arches, and large domes. The beauty in Moroccan architecture is that these elements can typically be found blended in with Islamic-style buildings such as mosques and medersas (Quranic schools).

Different Structures, Different Design

What sets Morocco’s architecture apart is not only its exceptional blend of different design elements but also the unique features of each of its traditional buildings. Mosques, riads, souks, ramparts, kasbahs, palaces and medersas are all different types of buildings found throughout Morocco: they have different purposes and very different architectural designs. We will cover some of them below.

Mosques

Mosques are arguably Morocco’s most important structures. In every city, village, or town – no matter how small – you will find at least one mosque with a tall minaret towering over the city. With walls and fountains covered in green and white zellij and a beautifully adorned mirhab (a niche indicating the direction to Mecca) in stucco and marble, it is no wonder visitors find Moroccan mosques to be the epitome of Moroccan architecture. For some of the most exquisite examples of Moroccan mosques, visit the spiritual city of Fez, particularly Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque. Keep in mind only the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca and Tin Mal Mosque in the rural High Atlas Mountains are open for non-Muslims to tour inside the buildings.

Riads

Traditional homes and palaces in Morocco are called riads. As private residences, they were built with seclusion in mind. They are focused inward with a courtyard in the center, which allow for both family privacy and protection from Moroccan weather. All rooms open to this courtyard and feature windows only towards this central space. Courtyards are often decorated with a fountain and orange or lemon trees. Depending on the family’s wealth, the riad might be decorated with magnificent zellij and stucco work. Many ancient riads have been renovated recently in Marrakesh and Essaouira and plenty have been repurposed today as hotels and restaurants.

Kasbahs

A type of medina, the kasbah is a fortified city built for defensive purposes. Besides their extraordinary size, kasbahs are quite impressive and were typically built in harmony with their surroundings. The massive outer walls and all the buildings inside easily blend into the background with their tan-colored exterior. The simple construction materials used enabled the interiors to stay warm in winter and cool in summer. The Kasbah des Udayas in Rabat in particular is quite an interesting sight to behold.

In addition to the specific sites we have already mentioned in this article, there are plenty of cities and areas in Morocco where you can witness the country’s beautiful architectural style bloom in all its magnificence.

The cities of Marrakesh and Fez are usually the main places travelers choose to visit as these two cities offer the most variety in a contained space. Noteworthy buildings to visit include Bahia Palace and Saadian Tombs in Marrakesh, Andalous Mosque and the Museum of Moroccan Arts in Fez.

The oldest examples of Moroccan architecture, however, are more easily found in the Atlas Mountains, namely in the ancient kasbahs and old villages. And although it is a more modern city today, Morocco’s capital in Rabat also holds a number of architectural gems such as the Mohamed V Mausoleum and the aforementioned Kasbah des Udayas.

Experiencing Moroccan architecture in other places, isn’t a difficult quest. It is as simple as walking down any street, taking in the grand government buildings with their stately façades, walking through ancient city gates with their smooth U-shaped arches, or admiring the soaring minaret of the nearest mosque.

Morocco is filled with exquisite architectural gems that tell the intriguing story of a country that has continuously welcomed and absorbed different cultures, lifestyles and beautiful designs.

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The decades-long rivalry between Morocco and Algeria has intensified in recent months after Morocco dealt a series of diplomatic blows to Algeria, the most recent of which being the U.S.recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. This decision took Algerian officials by surprise and exacerbated their frustration with the advances Morocco has achieved in Western Sahara over the past four years.

At the moment, reconciliation between Morocco and Algeria remains a mirage. Morocco has made these diplomatic maneuvers as Algeria is experiencing severe internal instability—the state’s failure to address the COVID-19 pandemic and an economic crisis exacerbated by the falling oil prices and crippled state budgets signify that the Algerian ruling elite will have pressing domestic priorities for the near future that will not lend themselves to reconciliation with their western neighbor.

Moreover, shifts in the regional influence of both countries suggest additional pressure on their relationship. The 34th African Union (AU) summit, which took place virtually on February 6-7, markeda notable new episode in the fierce regional competition between Morocco and Algeria. The summit and its aftermath once again put the schism between the two Maghreb neighbors on display.

Prior to the summit, Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum conducted an African tour to garner backing for the country’s agenda and bolster support at the upcoming AU summit. Boukadoum hoped to use this support to undermine the political momentum Morocco had achieved over the last few months.

Yet for Rabat, the summit demonstrated that the balance of power in Africa appears to be shifting progressively in its favor. This shift began withMorocco’s return to the AU four years ago, which indicated the country’s resolve to reunite with its African neighbors and boost its position in continental politics. Morocco’s political and diplomatic achievements during this period are understood as clearly validating its decision to take back its seat in Addis Ababa. Breaking free from its empty chair policy in Africa was one the most momentous political decisions taken under King Mohammed VI’s leadership, and Morocco never would have changed the AU’s approach to the Western Sahara dispute had it not returned to the continental body.

 

The Impact of Morocco’s AU Membership

For almost forty years, Morocco’s outreach on the continent was limited to a number of West African states. Its absence from the African Union and its lack of strong ties with other African countries served to Morocco’s detriment and hampered any of its chances of playing a more meaningful role in African politics. At the same time, Algeria extended great efforts to bring African countries in line with its own foreign policy goals, including those in Western Sahara.

However, this dynamic began to change in 2014. The appointment of former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, as AU’s special envoy for the Sahara was one of the catalysts that pushed Morocco to reconsider its entire African policy and consider regaining its seat within the African Union. Before Morocco’s return to the AU, Algeria had long relied on the Abuja-Algiers-Pretoria axis to implement its agenda within the AU and define the organization’s positions on many regional issues, notably Western Sahara.

Algeria’s control over the AU’s decision-making structure enabled it to create the position of the AU special envoy for Western Sahara and task Chissano with the mission. From his appointment until 2017, Chissano worked to emphasize the AU’s role in putting an end to the Western Sahara dispute in line with the Algerian agenda, pressuring Morocco at the United Nations through a number of briefings to the Security Council.

In the past several years, Morocco has sought to change this dynamic. Even before officially rejoining the AU, King Mohammed VI has conducted over 50 visits to more than 26 African countries between 2000 and 2017. This new momentum was crowned with Morocco’s return to the African Union in January 2017.

After its return, Morocco has worked to play on Algeria’s turf and dismantle the Abuja-Algiers-Pretoria axis. Morocco decided to go beyond its comfort zone in West Africa and sought to gain the support of East and Southern African countries. Diplomatic efforts convinced Nigeria and Ethiopia to maintain positive neutrality in the Western Sahara dispute. The partnership Morocco secured with Nigeria four years ago evidenced the shifting balance of power on the African continent.

During its 31st summit, held in Mauritania in July 2018, the AU said the Western Sahara conflict’s management fell under the exclusive purview of the UN, stressing that the AU's role was limited to supporting the UN-led political process. That decision constituted a watershed moment for Western Sahara dispute and heralded a period of unprecedented diplomatic setbacks for Algeria.

 

Rabat and Abuja

Morocco’s recent reinforcement of economic and political bilateral relations with Nigeria exemplifies its recent diplomatic successes on the continent. King Mohammed VI’s visit to Nigeria in December 2016 and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Morocco in June 2018 laid the groundwork for a new era of win-win cooperation. In a short period, Morocco has succeeded in building trust with Nigeria, and the rapprochement has translated into the launch of the Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline project, which will shake the future balance of power.

King Mohammed VI’s phone call with President Buhari on January 31 cemented the alignment of Morocco's and Nigeria’s strategic interests and solidified their determination to fulfill the potential of their bilateral relations. The two heads of state emphasized their keenness to build on the momentum the countries had achieved in their relations and move forward with building the gas pipeline. When completed, the project will enable Nigeria to export its energy resources to Europe. In addition, Moroccan state-owned phosphate giantOCP will construct a fertilizer plant in Nigeria by 2023.

Morocco’s open hand policy towards Nigeria has already started to pay its dividends. Though Nigeria still has not decided to suspend its recognition of the Polisario’s self-styled republic, it has recently adopted a position of positive neutrality. Up until 2015, Nigeria repeatedly voiced support for the Polisario Front during the annual debate held by the UN General Assembly every September. Not only did Nigeria support Polisario, but it equated the Western Sahara situation with the Palestinians’ plight.

As the new nature of Morocco-Nigeria ties took shape, Western Sahara disappeared from Nigeria’s annual address to the UN General Assembly. Nigeria has instead joined the cohort of countries calling on the parties to reach a mutually acceptable political solution in line with UNSC resolutions. Moreover, following Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum’s visit to Abuja last November, Nigeria’sforeign ministry published a statement that did not mention Western Sahara, though Algeria’s top diplomat had urged African countries to condemn Morocco’s recent dislodging of Polisario members from El Guerguerat crossing.

 

A Shifting Continental Divide

The 34th AU summit held in Addis Ababa last month put Morocco’s newfound influence into sharp relief. Algeria no longer holds any seat on the AU’s councils and committees, including the Peace and Security Council, which it had controlled since 2008.

The summit also saw the reelection of former President of Chad, Moussa Faki, to head the AU Commission for four years, seen in Rabat as favorable to Moroccan interests. It also saw the election of the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—one of the fifteen African countries that has opened a consulate in WesternSahara at Morocco’s behest—to the AU’s rotating presidency. Furthermore, the summit glossed over discussion on Western Sahara despite Algeria’s and South Africa’s attempts to include it on the agenda.

That countries such as Zambiawhich had recognized Polisario’s self-styled republic—have since opened a consulate in Western Sahara is symptomatic of Algeria’s dwindling influence in Africa and the shifting balance of power on the continent. Algeria is aware that these developments are merely initial steps and that other African countries are likely to follow suit.

There is also the sense that as the AU gradually leans in favor of Morocco, the expulsion of the Polisario Front from the AU is likely no longer a matter of "if" but "when." Algerian media’s recent bout of attacks against Morocco and harsh critiqueof King Mohammed VI reflect the weight of Algeria’s concerns over these recent gains. The U.S. decision to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara, concomitant with Morocco’s decision to reinstate diplomatic ties with Israel, resulted in an unprecedentedly vitriolic media campaign against Rabat that used anti-Semitic overtones to describe Morocco’s reinstatement of diplomatic ties with Israel, including one network host’s description of Jews as a “danger.”

Moreover, in one of his first public appearances following four months of COVID-19 hospitalization in Germany, Algerian President Abdelmejid Tebboune described Morocco as an “occupier” of Western Sahara, which he called the “last colony in Africa.” Many Moroccan social media users called on the government to sever its diplomatic ties with Algeria in response, though Morocco has chosen to dismiss the president’s comments.

However, Rabat is concerned over the Algerian ruling elite’s zero-sum mentality. Despite sustained popular unrest in Algeria and attempts by Morocco to open a new chapter in relations between Algiers and Rabat, the Algerian ruling elite seems intent on maintaining power and keeping the Maghreb in a state of cold peace. This uncompromising positioncould quickly escalate into a military confrontation.In the face of weakening regional influence and ongoing internal challenges, Algeria could trigger a military confrontation in order to distract public attention and rally support against a foreign enemy.

This scenario could have terrible human, security, economic, and geopolitical consequences not only for both countries, but also for EU and U.S. strategic interests in the region. A military conflagration could disrupt international economic exchanges in the Strait of Gibraltar, the world’s second busiest maritime route, and disrupt the provision of gas from Algeria to Europe. It could also cause an unprecedented wave of migrations and of internally displaced persons. The migration crisis that resulted from the civil wars in Syria and Libya should be a stark reminder of how migration crises have impacted politics in the EU, which have a secondary impact on U.S. interests as well.

The EU and the United States could avoid this scenario by leading a diplomatic effort aimed at deescalating tension between the two countries. The current escalation between Morocco and Algeria—along with the changing regional dynamics exemplified by the shifts in the AU—requires EU and U.S. attention and underscores the need for both parties to use their political and economic clout to initiate a thaw between Morocco and Algeria, thus averting the scenario of an all-out military confrontation in the Maghreb.

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Senegal will open a consulate in Western Sahara on Monday, joining other African and Arab countries in supporting Morocco's claim to the disputed territory, two official sources said.

The consulate will be opened by the Moroccan and Senegalese foreign ministers in the Atlantic city of Dakhla, making Senegal the 22nd nation to establish a diplomatic mission in the territory, the sources said.

The Algeria-backed Polisario Front seeks independence for Western Sahara, a vast desert region held by Morocco since Spain withdrew in 1975.

Morocco has long sought international recognition of its claim to the region it calls its "southern provinces". The Polisario movement and Algeria have denounced the opening of consulates in the territory.

The Polisario Front said on Nov. 13 it had quit a U.N.-brokered ceasefire and declared war, following a Moroccan military move to clear a road that has been blocked for three weeks by pro-Polisario supporters and fighters.

Rabat has said the most it can offer as a political solution to the dispute is autonomy. The Polisario Front and Algeria have called for a referendum with independence as one of the options.

In December, the Trump administration recognised Morocco's sovereignty over Western Sahara and promised to open a consulate in Dakhla. The new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has not commented on its position on sovereignty.

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Ramadan, the ninth month of the Hijri calendar (a lunar calendar), is considered the holiest month in the Islamic faith. Through stringent fasting, discipline, introspection, and prayer, Muslims elevate their level of spiritual and physical submission to Allah, express their gratitude, and seek his forgiveness.

It is believed that during this month Allah revealed the holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. As a way of honouring this auspicious period of time, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, any form of violence, anger, and also husband-wife intimacy from the breaking of dawn until the setting of the sun. Reading the Quran and making a charitable donation (Zakat-al-Fitr) are also encouraged.

So, as we prepare to welcome the holiest of months, here are the dates, calendar, and guide to spending Ramadan 2021 in Morocco.

Ramadan dates and calendar 2021

The beginning of Ramadan is subject to the sighting of the moon and hence, there is some degree of uncertainty involved. However, it can be estimated by Muslim scholars and authorities by observing the appearance and cycle of the moon.

In 2021, Ramadan is expected to start from Monday, April 12, and will last until Wednesday, May 12. The month-long festivities will culminate with Eid-Al-FitrThe exact date of Eid depends on the new moon, so it is better to confirm with your local mosque.

 

Ramadan in Morocco

A typical day of Ramadan in Morocco begins with the nafar, that is the town crier blowing the horn to wake up families for the pre-dawn meal. After the iftar, the sounding of a cannon marks the start of the day-long fasts, and after sunset, zowaka, an air raid siren alerts Muslims that they may now eat and drink.

Moroccans head out to nearby mosques for the tarawih and tahajjud prayers. During this holy month, extra congregational prayers are also held for people to read the Quran and devote themselves to Allah

Laylat al-Qadr, which is celebrated on mostly the 27th night of the month is amongst the holiest events in Islam. Families come together for this special occasion and share traditional dinners. This is also the only time when children who haven’t reached puberty fast during the month. Young girls deck up in fine clothes, gold ornaments and put make-up and henna. Boys too dress festively in brand new djellabas, fez andbalgha. 

Iftar

In the days leading up to Ramadan, Moroccan women prepare traditional sweets like sellou and chebakia for the entire month. The iftar, or as it is more commonly called, ftour usually consists of tagine—a meat and vegetable stew, harira—a tomato and lentil soup, fried fish, hard-boiled eggs, khobz—a crusty Moroccan bread, pancakes, flatbreads and different sweet and savoury pastries. Dates, milk, juices, and sweets are also served as accompaniments to provide the sugar and energy required for the day.

Families and friends often come together to break their fasts. Community and social gatherings are also held as a gesture of brotherhood.

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Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani condemned the spread of fake news on the country’s vaccination campaign against COVID-19.

On Thursday in the Government Council meeting, El Othmani reassured citizens and residents in Morocco regarding the safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Recently, concerns and rumors on the vaccine mounted after several countries decided to suspend the use of AstraZeneca’s injection.

El Othmani said that Morocco’s National Scientific Committee issued its scientific opinion based on a scientific study on the effects of this vaccine in Morocco.

The scientific committee under the Ministry of Health ruled that Morocco will maintain using the vaccine.

The ad hoc committee, working under the Ministry of Health, explained that Morocco administered 5,992,789 doses of vaccines, including 4,628,695 from Oxford/AstraZeneca, and 1,364,088 from Sinopharm, as of March 15.
El Othmani welcomed the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign and commended citizens, security teams, and all stakeholders who are contributing to the success of the campaign.


El Othmani also commended efforts to provide more vaccines to Morocco to achieve the country’s set objective, stressing the need to continue to implement the precautionary and health measures which the government extended at the beginning of the week.

The head of government called on citizens to be more patient amid lockdown measures, which seek to contain the spread of the virus.

“Morocco made great achievements and success-stories on many levels, of which it can be proud, the latest of which is the national vaccination campaign.”

Morocco uses AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines. The North African country also approved use of the Sputnik V and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

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According to a 2018 CNN ranking, Italy, home of pizza, pasta, and risotto, was ranked first, followed by China and France. In another classification of the “Govoyages” in the same year, Morocco was in the first place, followed by Peru and Japan. They mentioned the fact that Marrakech (one of the most famous cities of Morocco) is considered to be the number 1 gastronomic destination in the TripAdvisor ranking!

In 2019, another website said that the top countries for food were Italy, France, and India. According to a more recent ranking in 2020, Italy, Morocco, and Spain were in the first place as the best gastronomical destination in the world.

Over the years, they have been many different rankings, but none of them give the same “results”, however it is mainly these 3 countries (Italy, Morocco, and France) that are consistently in the lead for having the best cuisine in the world.  The other countries that follow them are often: Spain, Japan, China, India, Mexico, Thailand, South Korea, Greece, and Lebanon.

different types of most best food : pizza, sushi, hamburger, tajine, poutine, macaron

 

Morocco is the best in many areas, making it one of the most beautiful and unique countries in the world. It is also one of the best places for food. In Africa,  Morocco is definitely far ahead and is considered the Best African food destination for its delicious, varied, and unique cuisine. Marrakech, one of the most known Moroccan cities, is even the number 1 gastronomic destination in the TripAdvisor ranking.

Morocco as the best cuisine and gastronomical destination in the world!?

Known for its aromas, spices, and the hospitality of its inhabitants, this North African destination is increasingly coveted for its cuisine. An art intimately linked to the history and customs of the country.

Marrakech, the tourist city of Morocco, is regularly cited as the first gastronomic destination in the ranking of the site TripAdvisor. It must be said that Moroccan cuisine comes from ancestral know-how and high-quality local products. True cultural pillar of the country, it is the reflection of its different roots. Spices, such as cinnamon or saffron, orange blossom, honey, mint, and olives deliciously embellish salads and meat dishes. Its street cuisine is as popular as its great starred restaurants.

A multitude of influences has given rise to an extremely rich cuisine, which also finds its imprint in Turkish and Andalusian cultures. Indeed, after the Arab-Muslim conquests of the 7th century, the (Muslims) left Andalusia, bringing their heritage to Morocco.

a table withe plates of salads and a tajine in the middle

Proof of its consecration, Morocco’s gastronomy was ranked 2nd best gastronomy in the world in 2014 by the British site WorldSIM, which collects travelers’ opinions. They all praise the variety of Moroccan dishes, which come from many different backgrounds and influences.

Morocco also won in 2018 the award for “best international gastronomic destination” in the third edition of the “Gastro&Cía Awards” of the Spanish newspaper “La Razón”. A prize that represents a recognition of the richness and diversity of Moroccan cuisine that has managed to retain its originality and specificities.

The famous purely Moroccan lamb Tagine, prized from generation to generation, has been crowned in 16th place in the ranking “The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences list” by Lonely Planet Food.

In addition, 15 Moroccan restaurants are among the 1,000 best restaurants in “The List”, a worldwide gastronomic selection of reference for international travelers from the compilation of hundreds of guides and millions of online reviews.

The influences of the different cultures present in Morocco (Amazigh, Arabic, Andalusian, etc.) make, without a doubt, Moroccan cuisine one of the richest and best-ranked cuisines in the world, maybe even the best!

The Bottom Line

What is the number one cuisine in the world?

Over the years, there have been several rankings to find out which country is known to have the best food. Depending on some people and rankings, the country and cuisine may differ, but there are still 3 countries that stand out enormously for themselves: ItalyFrance, and Morocco, the top best countries for food.

 

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