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OUARZAZATE: hollywood of africa

Atlas, which is found 5 kilometres west of Ouarzazate is bigger and well-equipped. Founded in 1983 by entrepreneur Mohamed Belghmi, the Atlas studio has produced famous films including The Mummy, The Living Daylights, The Jewel of the Nile, and the Kingdom of Heaven.

Apart from filmmaking, Ouarzazate is also the source of unprecedented solar energy as it is one of the sunniest places on earth. In 2010, King Mohamed VI launched project NOOR which is to provide Morocco and surrounding areas with solar energy. In February this year, Mustapha Bakkoury, head of Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) said the project will be completed before the end of May 2018.

Ouarzazate, whose landscape is mainly mountains, oases and deserts, is known for its architecture, with its mud houses which adopts all types of weather. The people are widely noted for their Amazigh customs and traditions.

Amazigh (or Berber) people are descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa, who live in scattered communities across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania. Even though the mountainous nature of Ouarzazate has made transportation quite difficult, the city is blessed to have gold and other precious metals like copper and cobalt as well as beautiful areas for tourist attraction and overall development.

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