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Region in figures

Creation date of the administrative region : 2015

Composition: 5 provinces (Errachidia, Ouarzazate, Midelt, Tinghir, Zagora)

Borders of the regionn :  region, Fez Meknesregion, Beni Mellal region,Marrakech-Safi region,Souss Massa region, border areawith Algeria

Population: 1.635.008 inhabitants (4.8 percent of the national population)

Number of foreign residents :  792

Area: 128 592 km² (12.8% of the national area)

Density: 18 inhab/km² (nationally: 47 inhab/km²)

Major infrastructure in the region:: 

  • Transport infrastructure: 3 Airport (Errachidia, Ouarzazate and Zagora)
  • Water infrastructure: 5 large dams
  • Strategic reserve in waters: 1,535 billion cubic meters
  • Irrigated agricultural area: 154 000 ha which is 64% of the UAA (including the large hydraulic 54 000 ha)

Main economic activities (3 levels of wealth):
I-Agriculture and local products:

  • The Oases area: 48 300 ha/Label UNESCO: Biosphere Reserve
  • New projects of modern groves: 28 000 ha
  • Main production of high economic value: dates, apples and roses
  • Significant investment in the sector; thanks to the support of Maroc Vertplan
  • Dates

  • Average annual production: 100 thousand tons
  • 85% of the national productionl
  • Storage capacity: 78 000 tons
  • Production projection in 2020: 109 thousand tons
  • Modern palm grove area projection in 2020: 17 000 ha
  • Apples

  • Average annual production: 255 000 tons
  • 35% of the national production
  • Storage capacity: 57 000 tons
  • Current area: 13 500 ha
  • Production projection in 2020: 353 000 tons
  • Apple treesarea projection in 2020: 15 000 ha
  • Roses

  • Area: 800 ha.
  • Production: 200 tons
  • Area projection in 2020: 1 200 ha
  • Production projection in 2020: 4 800 tons
  • Saffron

  • Cumin

  • Henna

  • Almonds

  • Medicinal plants: rosemary, thyme,…

II-Energy and Mines:

    • Pioneer positioning in terms of production
    • Planned projects in the region:
      • Noor Ouarzazate,
      • Noor Midelt,
      • Wind farm of Midelt,
      • Noor TafilaletErfoud
      • Noor Tafilalet Zagora
      • NoorAtlas Boudnib,
      • Hydropower plantAgdz

  • Annual mining production: 600 thousand tons
  • Mining heritage: 33% of the number of mining licenses at the national level
  • Major mines in the region: Barite, Silver, Lead, Fluorine, Manganese, Cobalt, Zinc, industrial sand,…

III-Tourism and cultural industry

  • Territory with a nature tourism vocation
  • Tourism products:
  • • Famous international tourist sites:

  • Kasbah of Ben Haddou, Kasbah of Taourirte…
  • My Ali Cherif, Ouarzazate, Zagora, Imilchil,,
  • Merzouga, MhamidGhizlane, Toudgha Gorges, Dades Gorges…
  • • Variedcultural and natural heritage sites:

  • Original architectural engineering: Ksour, Kasbahs, khettarats,…
  • Richhistorical and human heritage:
  • My Ali Cherif mausoleum
  • Sijilmassa
  • Ksour and kasbahs
  • Customs and tradition
  • Art and craft,
  • Folklore and authentic music…
  • Natural and animal heritage and protected reserves
  • Biospherereserve /UNESCO
  • RAMSAR areas
  • National park of biodiversity
  • Gazelles reserves
  • Valleys and Oases,,
  • Sand dunes
  • Natural lakes, damslakes, cold water springs, hot water springs, rivers,
  • Famous local products…
  • • Nature and adventure sport tourism sites
  • Desert sports (Marathons, Rails, rallies, rides,…)
  • Mountain and snowsports…
  • • Cinema: leverage of wealth and notoriety
  • A film capital of international renown (more than 200 shootings)
  • 45% of shoots and investments at the national level
  • 4 film studios
  • Specific shooting locations
  • Large film with large budgets: Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Black Hawk Down, Queen Of The Desert, Kingdom Of Heaven,
    Prison Break, The Last Temptation of Christ……
  • • Output of high addedvalue
  • Number of listed tourist establishments: 552
  • Bed capacity: 17 265 beds
  • Number of nights: 411 373
  • Number of arrivals: 281 000 tourists