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Malcolm Forbes 70th Birthday in Tangier

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One must not forget Tangier’s fame internationally went far beyond the beatnick generation.  It caters to glamorous today as it did in 1959 and 1989.

*Pictures and descriptions below from newyorksocialdiary.com

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In late August of 1989, on a weekend, from the 18th to the 20th, Malcolm Forbes gave himself a 70th birthday party in Tangier, Morocco where he owned a palace, the Palais Mendoub. 800 guests were flown in on a chartered Boeing 747, a DC-8 and a Concorde. Friends and associates from the world’s rich and famous, from the US and Europe, as well as half dozen US governors, scores of CEOs of mulinational corporations and the highest of the mucky mucks like Gianni Agnelli, Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters, Robert Maxwell, and the birthday boy’s “date” for the event: Elizabeth Taylor.

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Malcolm Forbes and Liz Taylor

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Guests Arriving from Private Yachts

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Guest Arriving Via Concord

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Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jane Wenner

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Setting up for the party

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Cutting the cake.

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Centre Ville | What you see exiting the port

Centre Ville

Location

Cafe’s at Hercules Cave

Cafes at Hercules Cave

Cafes at Hercules Cave

It’s places like this, that have kept me coming back to Tangier every year for the past 10 years.  Europe is now just a place to transfer airplanes.

Tangier is growing!

Construction

Tangier is growing with a new underground parking lot across the beach front and a direct access tunnel near the train station. Notice Spain in the distance.

Land of a thousand priceless rooftop views!

Tangier Roof

Tangier Roof

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)

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.

Content is the opinion of TangierTourism ©2017