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RECEPTION

Welcome reception
Date: Saturday, March 19 (6:00 pm- 8:00 pm)
Place: Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: included in the registration fee (for unregistered companions, the price is EUR 20 per person).
 
All participants are cordially invited to the Welcome Reception which will offer cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The reception will give you an informal opportunity to meet friends and colleagues attending the meeting, and view exhibits.
 

BANQUET

Fantasia dinner at "Chez Ali", a true 1001 nights experience!
Date: Tuesday, March 22nd (8:00 pm - 11:30 pm)
Buses depart from the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: 60 EUR

At Chez Ali a magnificent spectacle awaits you. As the evening progresses, all through the dinner, various folklore troupes pass through the tents dancing, singing and generally animating the evening. The highlight comes at the end of your meal when you are invited to witness the charging horsemen in their display of old tribal power with shouts and firing of rifles as the pull their horses to a halt. Then follows the horseback acrobatics, a belly dancer and then up in the night sky Sheherazade and her prince fly to the stars on their magic carpet, as around them fireworks explode and the evening comes to its end.
 
 
Visitors gather under the massive tents at Chez Ali, a vast fantasy village in the Marrakech palmgrove. Here, waiters and waitresses dressed in their own tribal costumes also double as entertainers. Whole roasted lamb, or mechoui, is one of the specialties, and so is a flavorful vegetable-topped couscous. 
 

SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Marrakesh Garden, Ramparts and Palm Grove Tour (half day)
Date: Sunday, March 20 (9:00 am - 12:00 am) & (2:30 pm - 6:30 pm)
Buses depart from the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: 30 EUR (includes: guide & tickets for museums and historical sites)
 
Experience the timeless aspect of Moroccan life as you visit its legendary gardens and the impressive ramparts of Marrakech. The ramparts that wholly encircle the old city of Marrakesh are almost a thousand years old and extend for 12 miles in an unbroken circle. They dominate this medieval city with their characteristic red stone walls and superb nine gates. Visit the tropical Majorelle Gardens (Yves Saint Laurent property) , with their fountains, pools and lush bamboo groves built by the French painter Majorelle. The cobalt blue buildings are its hallmark while more than 15 exclusive North African bird species can be found in this garden. A ride to the beautiful palm grove of Marrakech completes the tour.
Half day historical sightseeing tour of Marrakesh
Date: Monday, March 21 (9:00 am - 12:00 am) & (2:30 pm - 18:30 pm)
Buses depart from the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: 30 EUR (includes: guide & tickets for museums and historical sites)
 
Marrakesh was founded in the XIth century by the Almoravides dynasty. Marrakesh the red lies down the Atlas mountains and is famous for its smooth climate and its palm-grove, which inspired many poets who named it, the pearl of the south. With the saadien dynasty Marrakech reached its apogee. The Almoravides left in heritage palaces and gardens such as the famous Menara and its artificial lake, dated from the XIIth century and the Koutoubia with its minaret considered as the jewel of the hispano-mauresque architecture.

 

 
After visiting the monuments of Marrakech, the Koutoubia minaret (12th century), the Bahia Palace (16th century) and the Saadians tombs  (16th century), you will be dreaming for a couple of hours in the fascinating souks and narrow streets waiting for the unique sunset at jamaa El Fnaa square in the very heart of Marrakesh. There you will watch a permanent show of acrobats, storytellers, snake charmers and fire-spitters, and entertainers of every kind.
 

EXCURSIONS

Full day excursion to Oualidia
Date: Saturday, March 19 (7:30 am - 6:00 pm)
Buses depart from the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: 65 EUR (includes: guide & seafood lunch on an isolated island!)
 
Oualidia is a stunningly picturesque little resort - a fishing port and lagoon beach, flanked by a kasbah and a royal villa. The kasbah is seventeenth century, built by the Saadian Sultan El Oualid (after whom the village is named) then held by the Portuguese. Until Sultan Sidi Mohammed took El Jadida, the extensive lagoon made an excellent harbour and, as late as 1875, a French geographer thought that "by a little dredging the place would again become the safest shipping station on the whole Moroccan seaboard". The royal villa, which now stands empty, was built by Sultan Mohammed V, who celebrated many birthdays and other family events here. Today, most Moroccans know Oualidia for its Japanese oysters ; Morocco's first oyster farm was launched here in 1957 and nowadays it harvests some 200 tons a year, most of which are sold locally.
Excursion to the Atlas Mountains: Tahanout / Ourika Valley
Dates:
1) Tuesday, March 22 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm)
2) Friday, March 25 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm) 

Buses depart from the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: 55 EUR (includes: guide & lunch)
 
Scenic drive through the fertile plains of the Haouz before reaching Tahanout , the first mountain village and get into the High Atlas and the Moulay Brahim gorges. The road reach Asni valley dwarfed by the Toubkal peak, the highest in North Africa, where the temperate climate is ideal for fruit cultures, and the village of Moulay Brahim. The visit to one of the colourful Tahanout Berber market (souk) in the Atlas Mountains should not be missed! Berber villagers come from miles around, either on foot, by truck or donkey, laden with their wares and produce, to sell at the local weekly market.

Full day excursion to Essaouira
Date: Wednesday, March 23 (7:30 am - 6:00 pm)
Buses depart from the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: 65 EUR (includes: guide & lunch)
 
The charming small town, Essaouira (also known as Mogador) was built in 1760 by a french architect upon orders of Mohamed Ben Abdellah, alaouite sultan. It became the first trade harbour of Morocco in the late 18th century. Essaouira’s blue and white colored Medina was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Essaouira is a handicraft centre, particularly for sandals, woodwork and silver jewellery.

Full day excursion to Ouarzazate
Date: Thursday, March 24 (7:30 am - 7:00 pm)
Buses depart from the Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
Price: 65 EUR (includes: guide & lunch)
 
This full day excursion will take you across the High Atlas chain through the Tizi N'Tichka pass, an imposing landscape with high mountains and traditional Berber villages. When descending the east side of the chain, the landscape suddenly changes to an arid and desert panorama. In Ouarzazate, visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (11th century, declared historical treasure by UNESCO) and the Taourirt kasbah.
 
 
 
The famous kasbah, named Ait Ben Haddou guarded in medieval times the lucrative trading route through the desert to Timbuktu. No wonder if the scenes are familiar: Lawrence of Arabia, among other famous movie classics, have been filmed here.

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