The 32nd ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
April 3-7, 2017, Marrakesh, Morocco
Marrakesh, known by the name of The Red City (because of the color used on the walls of buildings and old houses)is one of the most famous cities in Morocco near the foothills of the snow-capped the Atlas Mountains. It has a wide range of sites and curiosities that will allow a visitor to discover its unusual aspects. He/She will find a friendly and total change of scenery in the imperial city, a city with secrets and unspoiled charm, splendor and simplicity.
Marrakesh is known for its souks, spices, snake charmers and hidden palaces. It is also prized for its trendy art galleries, luxurious hotels and elegant palaces. All within easy reach of Europe. It is to the Medina (the old city) however, that most visitors gravitate. Made of pink stone, its dark, narrow alleyways are full of artisan workshops, shrines, hidden markets and riads.
The open space of Jemaa el Fna, filled with locals and tourists each evening, the legendary central square hosts dozens of stalls serving up local food while mix of musicians, fortune-tellers, dancing cobras, storytellers and acrobats keep the crowds entertained until late. Towering over the scene is the stately minaret of Koutoubia Mosque, built in 12th century.
Beyond old Marrakesh, a modern, 21st-century city is developing fast, particularly in the pulsating district known as Guéliz and the wider Ville Nouvelle. with its luxury spas, chic bars and clubs. This contrast makes today’s Marrakesh interesting. (Read more).
There is also a modern Marrakesh, with luxury hotels and streets, all co-existing seamlessly with the past. Here one gets the feeling of being in a european city, with malls, bars and restaurants. After staying in Medina, this is a break from the noise and nice to get away and got to a t different and modern lifestyle.
Travelers around the world are praising Marrakesh, which has topped TripAdvisor’s annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for best destination 2015.
Marrakesh is becoming a leading destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. There are three convention centers with 8000 places in total.
The city is known for its mild weather with an average temperature of 27 oC around the months of March and April.
It is also becoming a good destination for jet stters and Golf lovers.
"Marrakesh contains an impressive number of masterpieces of architecture and art (ramparts and monumental
gates, Koutoubia Mosque, Saâdians tombs, ruins of the Badiâ Palace, Bahia Palace, Ménara water feature
and pavilion) each one of which could justify, alone, a recognition of Outstanding Universal Value" (Source: Unesco World Heritage - http://whc.unesco.org).
Cultural space of Jemaa el-Fna Square was inscribed in 2008 on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Medina of Marrakesh is Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Centre since 1985. The historic aspect of the city is manifested in old mansions, residences, and palaces such as El Badi Palace, the Royal Palace and the Bahia Palace.
Population : 928 000 inhabitants.
10% of Marrakesh inhabitants are Europeans. One out of five inhabitants in the Medina is European.
Around 2 million tourists visited Marrakesh in 2015.
Marrakesh has several universities and schools, including:
Cadi Ayyad University and its 13 affiliate institutions in four main cities,
The Natioanl Schol of Applied Science,
The Faculty of Science and Technics,
Business and Commerce School of Marrakesh.
Some of these institutions are affiliated with engineering schools in France
and have built partnerships with numerous American universities including the University of Delaware, University of St. Thomas, Oklahoma State University, National-Louis University, Temple University, etc.
A city of events
Marrakesh is a host for several international events including: