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Destination Morocco Podcast

Azdean Elmoustaquim

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Destination Morocco Travel Agency offers customized tours to Morocco, including private tours and small group tours, complete with private guides and drivers. Our goal is for you to experience Morocco like a native, while providing personal service and customized itineraries at an affordable price. On our podcast, join Destination Morocco's Azdean Elmoustaquim as he takes you on an exploration of his country's distinct culture, vibrant history and stunning attractions. Azdean prepares you fo ...
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Welcome to 'Land of Mankind,' the podcast that allows you to journey alongside those who have left their mark on Morocco's 🇲🇦 past and present. My name is Ayah: I’m a 20-year-old Moroccan storyteller with a compulsive urge to dig stories and time-travel. Through my storytelling, driven by the humble desire to honor Morocco's diverse voice, with each episode you’ll breathe life into history and words, immersing yourself in memorial spaces. 📜Follow me on Instagram & TikTok: @ayahchoukri, for w ...
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Business in Morocco

Ryan Maimone & Ryan Kirk

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Welcome to the Business in Morocco podcast, the podcast that discusses all things business and all things Morocco. The show is hosted by Ryan Maimone and Ryan Kirk and our goal is to share our knowledge and experiences in order to help you gain wisdom, skills, and habits that can help you succeed in business and in life. You can learn more about us by going to our website www.moroccopodcast.com or you can email us at ryan@moroccopodcast.com
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This podcast is recorded in the Moroccan dialect of Arabic in order to most effectively communicate with the people of the region to spread awareness about TB and ways to improve disease outcomes. The colloquial style of the language will reach a greater audience of people affected by TB in hopes of reducing its transmission.
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A weekly podcast featuring short interviews with Peace Corps volunteers serving in Morocco. This is an informal and unofficial way to get to know our fellow PCVs better, to hear us share our stories, and to give us an additional opportunity to connect with one another through our service. Disclaimer: The content of this podcast is mine alone and does not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Peace Corps, or the Moroccan Government.
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This episode also has a video version on our YouTube channel, you can find it here: How Discount Tours in Morocco End Up Costing You 3X More (Or Worse), or stay here for the audio version - your choice! -- Support the podcast with our new Subscriber link! Destination Morocco + -- Our good friend Siham (Ep. 24) returns to continue the discussion wit…
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This is a replay of the Live Q&A recording of Friday, July 5, "Movies Filmed in Morocco (And How to Visit the Locations)." Watch the full episode on our YouTube channel for even more details and tourist ideas, and particularly for the visuals that accompany our conversation. Maps, photos and more await you there! Movies Filmed in Morocco (And How t…
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In today's episode of Destination Morocco podcast, Azdean and Sam discuss common misconceptions about traveling to Morocco. They debunk myths related to the dress code, safety, LGBTQ+ community, and whether there's more to see in Morocco than just Marrakech (!). They also address the availability of Western amenities, the use of credit cards, and t…
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(RESOURCES BELOW) In this episode, I take you along with me as we explore the origin story of the Imazighen, the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa, also known as the Berbers. We examine a variety of historical perspectives and takes, spanning the evolution of what different historians believed to be the origin story of the Imazighen, until tod…
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This is an excerpt of the Live Q&A recording of Friday, June 7, "Shopping in Morocco: What to Buy and How to Buy It." Watch the full episode on our YouTube channel for even more details and tourist ideas, and particularly for the visuals that accompany our conversation. Maps, photos and more await you there! Shopping in Morocco: What to Buy and How…
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Dan & Cierra McPherson travelled to Morocco with Destination Morocco and discovered far more than a generic tour experience. From secret stops to amazing cubbyhole restaurants, they received an authentic, unique exposure to Morocco’s people and culture. Cierra & Dan had a tall order for Destination Morocco when they got in touch with Azdean, lookin…
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We've talked about scams in Morocco a few times on the podcast, from one of our early episodes (Scams! How to Understand and Avoid Them) to one of our recent Live Q&A sessions, (Latest Scams: Staying Safe While Traveling in Morocco). It's a topic we often circle back to, because we want to make sure that all tourists, whether they travel with Desti…
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This is an excerpt of the Live Q&A recording of Friday, May 8, "Finding a Morocco Tour at an Affordable Price." Watch the full episode on our YouTube channel for even more details and tourist ideas, and particularly for the visuals that accompany our conversation. Maps, photos and more await you there! Finding Morocco Private-Style Tours at an Affo…
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Hop down after the episode description for an update on our podcast schedule and our new donor link! --- You've heard that Morocco is a modern, plural, largely Westernized country and, well, that is largely true. Dress or behave, within reason, as you would in most of Europe or North America and you won't feel out of place at all. But as always, th…
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In our recent Live Q&A session on secret places in Morocco off the tourist path, one such location is a stunning lake located east of Marrakech, a roughly three hour drive from the city. Perhaps because of this distance, and the fact that it is not on the main tourist routes, it is still largely known only to locals and the occasional informed tour…
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This is an excerpt of the Live Q&A recording of Wednesday, April 10, "Getting off the tourist path in Morocco." Watch the full episode on our YouTube channel for even more details and tourist ideas, and particularly for the visuals that accompany our conversation. Maps, photos and more await you there! Getting Off the Tourist Path in Morocco (YouTu…
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"Travel Fails:" a popular theme in this era of do's, don't's and travel research, comes to the Destination Morocco podcast with today's episode, featuring Azdean, Hiba and Sam. They share their knowledge of travel in Morocco, as well as first-hand experience as travellers themselves in their country, to give you some useful tips of what to do (and …
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Azdean and his local Fes guide extraordinaire, Moulay Hafid Alami, conclude their tour of the old city with a visit to the pottery and ceramic studio, "Mosaique et Poterie de Fes." Located just to the east of the medina, this is more than a simple shop selling their beautiful craftwork (and there is a lot of it!). When you arrive, you get a guided …
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Touria Chaoui, the pioneer female aviator of the African and Arab worlds, met a tragic fate on March 1st, 1956, on the eve of Morocco’s independence. Her death remains a full mystery, as her assassination by an unknown assailant has never been officially solved… This tragedy made for an attempt to squash what the symbol she was embodying, but Touri…
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Experience the sounds and ambience of Fes in this live walking tour of the medina, during Azdean's tour in 2023. Accompanied by expert guide Moulay Hafid Alami, we start in Fes el Jdid, the 14th century quarter, learning about the Royal Palace of Fes and its seven golden doors (only created in the 1960's), and the importance of the neighboring Jewi…
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This is an excerpt of the Live Q&A recording of Wednesday, March 13, exploring the vibrant city of Fez. Watch the full episode on our YouTube channel for even more details and tourist ideas, and particularly for the visuals that accompany our conversation. Maps, photos and more await you there! Exploring the Magical City of Fez, video replay Azdean…
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We have dabbled in Fès since the start of the Destination Morocco podcast, as it has made an appearance in episodes such as our tour overview of Morocco, our discovery of famous Moroccan food, or in particular from our guests' stories, such as with Chantal and her family, who spent some memorable days in and around the city: Episode 4: A Guided Tou…
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On today's episode, we diall back to 1080-94, in the empire of the reigning Almoravids that stretches across the North African soil, to witness a clash between 2 rival clans. Join me as we step into the journey of Abd el Moumen, one of the main driving forces behind the Almohad dynasty's ascent to power. Born into the mountainous Zenata tribe, Abd …
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You can also watch this video episode on our YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/FhPkzzzYjns Ramadan in 2024 starts on the evening of Sunday, March 10th and goes until Tuesday, April 9th, followed by the feast of Eid al-Fitr, or the ‘Feast of Fast-Breaking.' Despite its perhaps solemn reputation, Ramadan is a joyful time for Muslims around the w…
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We conclude our cultural tour of Morocco with a performance of Gnaoua (also spelled Gnawa) music, recorded live on location at a Merzouga desert camp and at a Marrakech restaurant. In between performances, Azdean sits down with Mohamed, a musician and member of the Gnaoua performers in Qser el Khamliya, a small village just south of Merzouga. Moham…
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This episode is the audio replay of part our Destination Morocco live Q&A session, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024. You can find the full video version here on our YouTube channel. Our live Q&A session this month focused on identifying useful phrases in Moroccan languages that travellers can use while in the country. As a very multilingual country, thi…
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Continuing on a bit further south from our last episode in Telouet, we follow Azdean on his summer tour down to Aït Ben Haddou, southern gateway to the High Atlas mountains and their stunning scenery and hiking. Aït Ben Haddou is a small town but is known for its traveller services, restaurants and accommodation, and its welcoming hospitality. In t…
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Resources that were used for the episodes :Morocco since 1860, E. Pennell (e-book)La mémoire d’un roi, entretiens Hassan II & Eric Laurent (book)Les jardins du roi : Oufkir, Hassan 2 et nous, Fatéma Oufkir (e-book)Vérités sur l'Afrique du Nord, Pierre Boyer de Latour La monarchie marocaine et la lutte pour le pouvoir : Hassan II face à l’opposition…
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We continue our exploration of Berber/Amazigh culture with a visit to Telouet, a small village deep in the High Atlas Mountains, known for its kasbah, trekking and beautiful scenery. Azdean met with local guide and historian Ali Ahdadi to delve into Berber influence in the area and activities for travellers passing through. Telouet is a bit off the…
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In today's episode of Destination Morocco podcast, Azdean, Hiba and Sam expand on the historical canvas and cultural fabric formed by the Amazigh, or Berber, tribes across North Africa. Our focus is an overview of some of the more prominent tribes and communities, who have had a long and lasting impact on the region. Long before modern political bo…
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This episode is the audio replay of our Destination Morocco live Q&A session, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024. You can find the video version here on our YouTube channel. In this month's session, Azdean, Sam and podcast producer Ted, navigate the labyrinth of traveller scams in the bustling streets and markets of Morocco. With a focus that is as practi…
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Who are the Moroccans? To a large extent, the native population of Morocco are the Amazigh people, whose presence and influence date back thousands of years. Commonly known as “Berbers,” in fact their preferred term, “Amazigh,” is a more positive, inclusive name that means “the free people.” Speaking the Tamazight language, and pronounced similar t…
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You’ve spent a lot of money to get to Morocco, especially to see it thoroughly and comprehensively. And even more importantly, your trip is the culmination of months or years of dreaming, planning, research and preparation. We all know that unexpected things can happen, from getting sick to breakdowns or even just surprisingly poor customer service…
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One of the great travel stories we’ve heard from a guest on the podcast was just over a year ago now. It was with Rachel Metcalfe, for whom Morocco went from being a remote, distant idea to, a month later, sitting on the airplane on her way to Casablanca. Destination Morocco took on the challenge of organizing her last-minute trip, and in this epis…
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This episode is the audio replay of our Destination Morocco live Q&A session, on Wednesday, Dec. 13. You can find the video version here on our YouTube channel, with lots of visuals that go with the conversation. In this month's session, Azdean and Sam answered your questions about Morocco's fabulous food and cuisine. You've likely heard at least a…
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Over the course of many episodes of the podcast, we’ve often mentioned a certain guide based in Casablanca. He has had a lasting and indelible impact on those who have had the pleasure of meeting him. Our guests on the podcast, from Chantal to Pablo and even Ted have remarked on his knowledge, warmth and spirit. Khalil Nejjary is his name, and when…
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Today's episode of Destination Morocco ponders the question of "What makes Morocco appealing?" What attracts people to Morocco, and what are their perceptions of the country before going there? Naturally there are always stereotypes and assumptions that build up over time, and as Azdean points out in this episode, Europeans are inevitably more fami…
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Continuing our recent theme of shopping, tipping and travelling safely in Morocco, today's episode features the Akhnif Glaoui Carpet Co-Operative, located just south of Aït Benhaddou and Ouarzazate, about 150 miles south of Marrakech. Azdean visited this wonderful, genuine boutique back in June of this year, during the summer trip to Morocco, while…
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This episode is the audio replay of our Destination Morocco live Q&A session, on Wednesday, Nov. 15. You can find the video version here. We get a lot of questions about safety and security in Morocco, once you are there and making your way through the souks, squares and even the restaurants. Your Destination Morocco tour director is always there f…
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The culture of tipping in Morocco is something we get a lot of questions about, and indeed many people aren't sure if they should tip at all, or when, and how much. It can quickly get overwhelming and a little awkward, if you don't know what to expect. Azdean is here today to set out a comprehensive guide to tipping when you're travelling in Morocc…
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You've heard his baritone podcast voice for the past year and a half, and picked up bits and pieces of his story. But as we approach our 50th episode of Destination Morocco podcast, have you wondered, "How did Azdean come to live in Houston, and how did Destination Morocco get its beginnings?” Azdean did in fact grow up in Marrakech, never imaginin…
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Take yourself on a tour and gain new understanding for the beautiful country of Morocco on the Destination Morocco Podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more. Our goal is to introduce you to the real Morocco, showing you how to prepare, what to see, what to expect and how to make the most of your time. Join host Azdean Elmoustaquim as w…
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One year ago exactly, Pablo Juarez and his partner Harmony were touring Morocco with Destination Morocco, experiencing incredible variety from Fès, Merzouga Desert, over the Atlas Mountains, through Ouarzazate and Aït Benhaddou, and ending up in Marrakech. After they got back home to Ottawa, Canada, we had Pablo on the podcast to talk about their t…
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This episode is the audio replay of our Destination Morocco live Q&A session, on Wednesday, Oct. 11. You can find the video version here. In today's conversation with Azdean, Sam and podcast producer Ted, we'll focus on what's included in a typical Destination Morocco tour, how we go about building itineraries, and how we build from your preference…
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Watch the video version of this episode here: https://youtu.be/8c83YIlxYqc Here at Destination Morocco, we receive questions all the time about how to prepare for a trip to Morocco and what to expect. We love being able to help out our fellow travellers and help you avoid the sense of shock, while preserving the sense of adventure, once you arrive …
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Ceasha Micallef had her dream tour to Morocco booked months in advance, with a departure date of Friday, September 8, 2023. As she was in-flight over the Atlantic, heading for a stopover in Paris before going on to Casablanca, the 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Morocco. She arrived at the airport to text messages and missed calls from family…
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Unearth the mesmerizing allure of Morocco, as Sam, our Destination Morocco insider, guides us through the highlights of a typical Northern and Southern Tour. In this episode of Destination Morocco, we put particular emphasis on the entrance fees to these famous sights and attractions, including which ones are free. Sam is careful to convert from Mo…
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Le Maroc est connu depuis longtemps pour être une véritable mine d’or pour les géologues. Sa terre s’est montrée incroyablement généreuse avec la science, faisant par exemple gagné 100 000 ans sur les compteurs vitaux de l’humanité, et confirmant par le même chef son origine panafricaine. Dans cet épisode, on s’aventure ensemble, pas à pas, sur le …
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This episode is the audio replay of our first Destination Morocco live Q&A session, on Wednesday, Sept. 13. You can find the video version here. Visit our Relief page to find out how you can donate to earthquake recovery efforts. As you may know, we had been planning this event for the past few weeks, with a focus on how to plan your bucket list of…
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Friday night's earthquake in Morocco was sudden and unexpected, and hit home for us here at Destination Morocco. Our office is based in Marrakech and sustained damage, and many of our staff are now homeless. Azdean, based in Houston, felt stuck and helpless, trying to figure out what he could do from so far away. Many of our podcast listeners and f…
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Azdean spent the summer of 2023 researching attractions, riads, hotels, restaurants and activities in Morocco, gathering information to give Destination Morocco clients an even better, more authentic experience. He and his team also captured hours of audio and video footage, which is being rolled out on the Destination Morocco podcast and the new Y…
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In today's episode, we continue our wandering through the medina of Marrakech, as Azdean visits artisanal workshops, souks and a particularly delectable seafood restaurant. Picture yourself in a bustling wool and cotton workshop, the air thick with stories of craftsmanship as we learn how natural colors like indigo, orange, and even black breathe l…
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Our Marrakech walking tour continues in today's episode, as Azdean and local guide Youssef explore the historic Medina, visit the Ben Youssef Madrasa and conclude with a visit to the famous Majorelle Garden. In Part One, we made three stops, focusing around three sights on the south side of the Medina, or city centre: the Mellah (Jewish Quarter), t…
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Prepare to embark on a journey through the vibrant energy and rich history of Marrakech in today's episode. Azdean teams up with local guide Youssef to explore the fascinating Jewish Quarter known as the Mellah - a testament to integration and cooperation between diverse religions and cultures. As we wander through this neighborhood, the ruins of t…
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In today's episode of Destination Morocco podcast, we continue on our southern tour of Morocco, and arrive in what is often considered the highlight of a traveller's time in Morocco: the Merzouga Desert itself. Our host is Said, manager and co-owner of Sahara Sky Luxury Camp, located in the heart of the desert, yet just 38 km from the town of Erfou…
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