Morocco - the Charm of Contrasts

Morocco - a country with 34-million people, which in 2008 reached 5.3% GDP growth, recording unemployment at 2.3% level. In 2007, there were about 3 million land lines and more than 20 million cellular phones there, which means catching up on the limited infrastructure through the use of wireless technology.
Morocco is on the route of the famous fiber cable (SEA-ME-WE-3) linking Europe (Germany) and Asia (with ends in Japan and Australia). The cable is known that it is damaged by ship anchors in the Egyptian port of Alexandria at least once a year, which is the cause of massive global telecommunications problems.
Since the second millennium BC, the country was inhabited by nomadic tribes of Berbers, also known as Moors. Since the twelfth century BC its coasts were settled by the Phoenicians, and from the 3rd century BC they belonged to the Carthaginian Empire. In 43 AD the Romans conquered the country and incorporated the territories into the Roman Empire.
The birth of the modern country in the seventh century was connected with the influence of Arabs, who brought their customs, culture, and Islam, to which most of the Berbers converted. Berber dynasties formed governments and reigned over the country that, after the 11th century, ruled most of Northwest Africa, as well as large sections of Islamic Iberia and Andalusia (the territories of present day Spain and Portugal).

Almost anywhere in Morocco
one can see at least one GSM antenna
Morocco - Arabic tradition mixed with European influences from the Iberian Peninsula.
On the left - a side street in old Arab district (medina) in Marrakesh, on the right - buildings in Portugal district in Rabat.
The basic carries (of the information in human heads), seen in the Maghreb,...
... but today a fester method is employed - wireless communication,
comparatively well developed in Morocco.
On the left - view of one of the seven hills surrounding Fez, on the right - the hill in Agadir with the national motto: "Allah, El Watan, El Malik", i.e. "God, Homeland, King".
In search of delicious fruit goats can climb trees, ...
... whereas people, in search for good TV reception, give free rein to their imagination, creating true works of antenna art.
Installing a satellite dish in this country one requires a formal permission
of the authorities, but probably it is difficult to enforce the precept
in such a cluster of dishes...
Modernity and tradition. A small house of a potter in Safi and traditional dye-works in Fez based on medieval methods contrast with modern satellite antennas.
Excessive individualism or lack of organization?
Even in new apartment houses everyone has individual dish instead of taking advantage of a SMATV system.
Arab art is characterized by lack of human figures and use of lines and geometric shapes, but ...
... it is difficult to use such means for delivering promotional messages. This modern advertisement of cellular network with woman's face is a real cultural breakthrough.
The world of Maghreb
Maghreb (in Arabic - western) - region of north-west Africa.
From the world of mundane telecommunications let's go into an enchanted world of Maghreb
- with a magic lamp...
So we're setting off...
... to see monuments, royal palaces, mosques, ...
Mausoleum of Mohammed V
(of the grandfather of the reigning Mohammed VI)
The Kairouyine mosque in Fez
Royal Palace in Rabat
The biggest mosque in Casablanca and Morocco, built by...
... Hassan II, the father of the reigning Mohammed VI
Ornaments in Ben Jusuf Medres (Koranic school) in Marrakesh
A vault in the Mausoleum of Mohammed V
The interior of the mausoleum of Mouley Ismail in Meknes
A water basin in El Jadida. The ways of keeping water
in special underground basins is a great achievement of Arabs,
which allows to build cities and palaces in dry and hot climate.
... the people, ...
Arabs, Berbers, Europeans from the Iberian Peninsula, Jews,...
- represent the cultural mosaic of Morocco.
... their occupations, ...
Production of traditional tagins - bowls used for preparation of
dishes of the same name - in the ceramics factory in Fez
Sales of pottery products
in Safi - the city famous for this trade
Advertising cosmetics at Berber herbalist's in Marrakesh
A shop with smith's and tanner's articles in medina of Fez
Hand-decorating of ceramic articles
in ceramics factory in Fez
... ending with the fruit of Maghreb.
GSM, WiMAX, LTE - all this is important, but
people can communicate even with... snakes.
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