Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards in a classic Tangier photo

Keith Richards in Tangier

Keith Richards in Tangier

The Grand Socco at Sunset

The Grand Socco at Sunset

The Grand Socco at Sunset

Beauty in the rain

Rainy day view from the Hotel Continental

Rainy day view from the Hotel Continental

Somethings haven’t changed in 50 years – Boulevard Pasteur circa 1944

Boulevard Pasteur Circa 1944

Boulevard Pasteur Circa 1944

Boulevard Pasteur Circa Dec. 2008

Boulevard Pasteur Circa Dec. 2008 (only one Modern building on the right)

Timeless Moroccan Beauty

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A young Moroccan Jewish girl.

 

It’s very easy to see how fashion designers of today can look to the beauty of classic Moroccan fashion for inspiration.  This classic photo of a Jewish Moroccan girl, in the Northern Moroccan region of Tangier and Tetuoan, could easily be mistaken for one taken today.  Everything outside of the headdress is still fashionable in modern western society today.  You can imagine how Yves Saint Laurent drew inspiration from growing up in this region.

My thoughts on why Morocco is learning English.

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Morocco has the highest English proficiency rate in the entire Arab World.  It’s about the same as France.  Therefore, I believe Morocco can do better.  There are many reasons why more and more Moroccans are learning English.

1. BUSINESS

English is the business language.  If you want to do international business English is a must.

2. WIDELY SPOKEN

There are roughly 400 million who speak English as a first language in the world (*Wikipedia)

3. COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER NON ARABIC SPEAKERS

Traveling Germans, Koreans, Japanese, Swiss, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarians, Austrians, Dutch, Turkish, Indians, and Croatians, learn it as a second language.

4.  FRIENDS FROM THE UNITED STATES

Morocco is America’s first and longest friend.  Most Arabs do not understand that in the United States, Arabs are not given a disadvantaged  minority status.  The majority view Arabs and Moroccans as Caucasian, unlike Europe where they are classified as Asian. Thus leading to Americans viewing Moroccans as more similar, rather than different in beliefs. Americans have always had fascination with Moroccan culture. Morocco is one of the only countries that Americans will leave the homeland for and want to document the culture. Americans respect Moroccans on a level that they only have for their own.

5. ENGLISH IS NOT EXPECTED ITS RESPECTED

The one thing that will put a smile on an English speakers face, is hearing a bit of English.  English speakers don’t expect Moroccans to speak English (unlike the French), but if they do it’s very easy to make conversation and friends.

Photo Tribute: Tangiers is beautiful (my life of Yves Saint Laurent) | Fiona Schmidt

I ran across this interesting blog post from a french fashion blog regarding Tangier.  Over half the pictures are of Chefchaouen (not Tangier).  So I included below all the Tangier photos to clarify things.  You won’t find blue doors or buildings in Tangier, but you can almost feel the grimey charm of the city and the warmth of the people with the photos below.

Goat in the Medina

Goat in the Medina

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See Article Below:

Tangiers is beautiful (my life of Yves Saint Laurent) | Fiona Schmidt.

The Africa Report: The forgotten beauty of North Morocco | North Africa

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From The Africa Report. 4 great places in the North.

Morocco’s government has poured billions of dirhams into giving the North a facelift – new bus routes, better roads, better security. When you add this to an economic boom driven by the huge Tanger-Med port complex and car factories, you have a new dynamic in a once decrepit region.
Under the heel of the Spanish and then the French, surviving a ferocious colonial war (the Rif War), the Tangier area still retains an independentist feel – this was a region that still stamped its own currency a little over a century ago. Shunned by the previous king, it has become a favourite of King Mohammed VI, and its unprepossessing charm is yet to be flooded with EasyTourists.

A rooftop oasis in Rabat’s ancient centre – Riad Kalaa, Rabat
Touching down in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, visitors can hop on one of the regular trains to the North. But you might like to break the journey in Riad Kalaa, a boutique bolthole in the city’s medina. Built into the ramparts, it has an emerald rooftop pool, its own hammam and open fires in five of the 11 rooms. riadkalaa.com
The bliss of rolling waves on an empty beach – Rmilate beach, Asilah
Those in search of a tranquil beach, away from the millionaire mansions that are creeping across Morocco’s shorefront, should head to Asilah in spring or autumn. This small Atlantic coast town with a Spanish flavour has an abundance of stunning beaches that are largely deserted except in summer.
Tea and tumbledown buildings in a laid – back medina – Medina, Tangier
The northern port is quickly becoming Morocco’s second business hub, but step into the medina and you are lost in time. A refreshing diffidence is on show here – the locals couldn’t care less, and tourists will get a lot less hassle than in the medinas of Marrakech or Fez. It may not last. The beautiful tumbledown buildings are slowly being bought up by French retirees.
Nature’s lush bounty in the Rif Mountains – Akchour waterfalls, Chefchaouen
Thigh-deep in cold water may not be your idea of fun, but the simple beauty of a waterfall can move the hardest heart. When added to the genuine hospitality of Chefchaouen, the walks around the cascades can sway the mind from the thrill of totting up a balance sheet.

Original Article

Travel: The forgotten beauty of North Morocco | North Africa.

Classic Tangier Wisdom

William S. Burroughs Self Portrait

William S. Burroughs Self Portrait Tangier 1959

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on. ”
― William S. Burroughs

Thus why we have Tangiertourism.org.

Hilton is coming to Tangier in 2015

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Artist’s rendition looking north west towards the Bay of Tangier

*Originally from HiltonWorldwide.com

Hilton Worldwide and Inveravante Sign Agreement to Open Two Premium Hotels In Tangier
Hospitality Giant Set To Deliver Over 500 New Hotel Rooms by 2015
June 28, 2012 | This information originated in American English.

DUBAI, UAE and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide has today signed an agreement with Inveravante Group to introduce two new premium hotels in the historic city of Tangier. The agreement ceremony, held in Rabat, Morocco in the presence of Lahcen Haddad, Minister for Tourism in Morocco, was officially signed by Manuel Jove Capellan, chairman, Inveravante and Deepak Seth, vice president, development, Southern Europe, North & West Africa, Hilton Worldwide.

Located within Morocco’s modern business district in the heart of Tangier, the two properties, Hilton Tanger City Center Hotel & Residences and Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center, represent the first Hilton Worldwide hotels in Tangier, one of the country’s fastest growing commercial cities. The two new hotels will form part of Tanger City Center, a large upscale, mixed-use development promoted by Inveravante, and including the city’s largest shopping mall, quality residential accommodation as well as commercial office space.

Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Hilton Worldwide, Europe & Africa said: “Tangier is a superb destination and I am delighted we are making our debut with two of our most recognised brands. Today’s announcement will act as our springboard for further growth in Morocco as we embark on an expansion strategy to introduce new properties and brands in key markets across the country.”

Manuel Jove Capellan, Chairman, Inveravante said: “I am delighted Hilton Worldwide is partnering with us on this landmark project and bringing two of their most prominent brands to this dynamic city. Tangier is the second economic city of Morocco and the calibre of these hotels will add to its metropolitan prestige and showcase the diversity of its hospitality offerings.”

The 182-room Hilton Tanger City Center Hotel & Residences will include 19 suites with an additional 68 stylish hotel apartments which will be available for purchase ahead of the hotel’s scheduled Spring 2015 opening date. Guests can enjoy on-site conveniences such as a fitness area and outdoor pool as well as a restaurant and two bars.

Dave Horton, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts said: “The new combined hotel and residence development is set to be an outstanding, quality property and ideally suited to meet the diverse business, leisure and lifestyle demands of the city. As the company’s flagship brand and one of the most recognised hotel names in the world, we are looking forward to bringing our signature style, service and forward thinking approach to this new market. ”

Hilton Garden Inn is a market leading, focused service brand which enjoys consistent award winning success. The brand’s latest signing, Hilton Garden Inn Tanger City Center, will feature 323 rooms, including 10 family rooms, and a host of amenities including a fitness room, business centre, a restaurant and a bar. The hotel, which is expected to open in December 2014, will feature Hilton Garden Inn’s signature brand attributes including the Garden Sleep System bed and a spacious work desk with ergonomic chair.

Adrian Kurre, global head, Hilton Garden Inn said: “Today’s announcement is particularly thrilling as it marks the arrival of Hilton Garden Inn in North Africa, a new region for us and a truly exciting milestone in the 16-year history of the brand. I am confident our broad appeal and compelling combination of value, quality and comfort will be warmly welcomed by leisure visitors as well as by the corporate community.”

Tanger City Center resort covers 236,443 m2 and is ideally located on Tangier’s main boulevard, close to the beach. Inveravante acquired the project in 2009 with plans to develop a complex to provide the city with a range of new and exciting facilities and services. The Tanger City Center project, worth over 190 million Euros, will involve the construction of 800 apartments, two hotels, a large office block covering 10,161 m2 and a shopping and leisure centre covering 32,000 m2.

The city of Tangier is currently undergoing extensive development and modernisation with many new businesses being established and the completion of several major construction projects including the Tanger-Med Port, the addition of a new airport terminal and a new 45,000 seat sports stadium. Tangier’s unique location on the coast of North Africa, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, has attracted many different settlers and civilisations down the centuries and influenced a history and culture which, in recent times, inspired a wealth of literary and musical legends helping to shape Tangier’s famous cultural reputation.

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