Inside moroccanzest, my passion for Morocco, and more.


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I grew up in a traditional Moroccan family in Salé, Morocco, in the riad my grandfather built with his own hands. My aunt’s traditional sewing atelier was a favorite place to experiment with fabrics, yarn, and beads. This love for art and handmade crafts has stayed with me to this day.

From design and décor to food and travel, moroccanzest is what I love about Morocco and more. It’s your destination for everything beautiful, authentic, artistic, and made the Moroccan way with love.

 

In response to your questions about the earthquake that hit Marrakech (High Atlas Mountains) on September 8th, 2023

The death toll from the 6.8 magnitude quake that hit in the High Atlas Mountains on Friday, 8th, 2023, rose to 2901, and the number of injured people is approximately 5500.

Marrakech region doesn’t have a highly active seismic activity. The probability of the earthquake hitting Marrakech again is much lower than in other destinations worldwide. And the thing with nature is that you never know where and when a catastrophic event will strike.

Suppose you are worried about how the city will look. In that case, I’m in touch with many riad owners and artisans in the area, and although there is some rubble in places, life in Marrakech is recovering quickly. You would be impressed at the efforts and progress locals and local authorities make. Some walls collapsed in the Medina (old section of the city), but the cleanup is very effective, and the rubble in these areas shouldn’t be a problem in a few days.

Jamaa El Fna and the Souk – Marrakech main sites – are all fine. This applies to all other key sites, including the Koutoubia Mosque and Jardin Majorelle. The only exceptions are the Bahia and Badi palaces, which are currently closed and awaiting structural checks. If they get the green light from authorities, they will be open on Monday, 18th September.

The airport of Marrakech is operating as usual – if you already booked your flight, it shouldn’t be impacted. Roads also usually operate, so taking a taxi or renting a car is possible. You can reach me here if you have any questions or want to help earthquake victims. To read more about Marrakech and it’s surroundings, you can check my Marrakech guide.

TRADITIONAL FASHION
PERSONAL
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Why I Want to Teach My Son His Cultural Heritage

Now that I am a mother, I am grateful for every second spent researching my country of birth Morocco.

I’ve been reflecting on this for the last few days. Here are three reasons why I think it’s very important to teach children about their cultural heritage.

DESIGN
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Inside My at-Home Moroccan Party (a Step-By-Step Guide)

I always loved hosting Morocco-inspired tea parties. They are cozy and intimate, perfect to connect with your favorite people. Here is all you need to know to host a successful tea party at home, inspired by one of my last parties.

marrakech riad

Moroccan Riad, a Palace Between Gardens and Terraces

Our riad was built in the early 1900s by my late grandfather, an architect. Once the riad was finished, my grandfather planted at the entryway a vine following his family’s housewarming traditions. The vine developed quickly and in a few decades climbed one of our riad walls and reached the sky-blue rooftop terrace.

Inside Yves Saint Laurent Sun-Soaked Marrakech Villa

”For whatever daring things I have done since then, I am indebted to the country, to the violence of its harmonies, the insolence of its mixtures, the intensity of its inventions”

DECOR PICKS

 
TRAVEL

What you Can Really Wear When Visiting Morocco

In Morocco, your outfit can impact your travel experience, greatly or badly, because it can affect how Moroccans treat you. This being said, there are a few clothing items that you can wear all across Morocco and that I would encourage you to pack for your trip. 

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FESTIVALS & EVENTS

Morocco's Life-Changing Cultural & Artistic Festivals

These are some of the most inspiring festivals and events in Morocco. Some of these Moroccan festivals and events have been celebrated for centuries. They are a concentration of culture, history, and art and you will leave them very different, and very inspired.

FOOD