Mohamed Dekkak

Marrakech transforms but preserves its fascinating distinctions during COP22

The visitors and guests that will come to the Kingdom of Morocco particularly in Marrakech where the COP22 is being held will be greeted with a mixture of laid-back allure and aggressive exoticism.

The city of Marrakech is a town well known for its reddish earth topped with dusty regions and palm grounds. At present, some of the distinctions of the city are still present, but there are also other areas that transformed from a bland into one of the biggest cities in the kingdom. These areas with the background view of the Atlas Mountains still exhibit the same allure and undeniable uniqueness that capture the interest of tourists coming from different parts of the world.

The Moroccan businessman, Mohamed Dekkak is very proud being born in the city of Marrakech and for being chosen to host the major Climate Change event in the world. Mohamed Dekkak is the Finance Officer and Founding Member of Council on Arab World Relations with Latin America and the Caribbean or CARLAC which has a side event during the COP22.

The event which is happening on November 10, 2016, in Bab Ighli, Green Zone, City of Marrakech will highlight the significance of renewable energy as an alternative to the other sources which contribute to climate change. The event is promoted as “Low Carbon Renewable Energy: Lessons from MENA and Latin America Regions”.

CARLAC which aims to support and improve the relationship of the Arab world, Latin America and the Caribbean supports the vision of the agreement by opening a dynamic conference which will strengthen the coordination of the stakeholders, the environmentalist and businesses to fight against climate change.

The city of Marrakech is distributed into three areas. The first is the walled medina where the puzzle-like souqs, concealed manors and antique spots are to be found. The second is an extensive French-built new town called Guéliz, and lastly, the Palmeraie which is an eight-km-long oasis which is dominated by palm trees. The visitors can go to the medina and Guéliz if they are up for shopping, entertainment and cafés while Palmeraie offers relaxation with its hotels and resorts.

The COP22 has blessed the city with a new drive for transformation.  Freshly built highways are noticeable, the infrastructure has been improved, the street lights are now using solar powered bulbs and the pink walls are repainted. Eco-friendly transportation with COP 22 logos run the streets.

The delegates will enjoy roving the zigzagging streets of the medina. The historical sites in the city are gathered in the ancient city walls near the conference site. It mostly features the Saadian tombs which were made in the 16th century; the abandoned Badi palace, with a huge 90-meter long pool and recessed gardens; and the passageways of the Mellah an old Jewish quarter.

The Djemaa el-Fna is found in the medina and is considered a notable spiritual centre. Channels located in the north of the square will bring the delegates to Marrakesh’s colourful and lively souqs which exhibit Moroccan craftsmanship.

The food in Marrakesh is wide-ranging, and the visitors can enjoy Moroccan dishes or with a blend of European taste. At the centre of the souq, there are abundant rooftops with cafés and restaurants offering refreshments.

Lastly, the Moroccan style of drinking sweet mint tea on a rooftop at night with a view of the glimmering stars will offer relaxation and tranquillity to the visitors. It is true that even though the COP22 has brought significant developments into the city, the culture and way of life in the red city are kept untouched.

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