King Mohammed VI Reviews Renovation Projects on Old Cities
Rabat – On Monday, King Mohammed VI visited several projects of the Rabat medina rehabilitation, part of a national plan to renovate and restore Morocco’s medinas (walled cities).The King visited the Bab Chellah and the souk Essabat streets in Rabat.The monarch also visited the restoration sites of El Mellah square and Sabbaghine street. According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), projects in the sites are 75 percent complete. Read Also: Morocco to Spend MAD 2.35 Billion to Restore Old MedinasThe King launched the renovation program in May 2018 to improve access to the old medina and enhance its attractiveness.The program also includes the development of the Tamejajet sports complex, improving the surroundings of medina walls, and street paving. In addition, the streets, alleys, and small squares will get addresses, and workers will install information markers.Other projects are also underway in Rabat, including an underground parking project at the Bab El Had entrance to the medina.Rabat has completed several projects, including development projects in Lagza street, the renovation of the wall around the Kasbah of the Oudayas, the revamping of El Marsa avenue, the development of community sport fields in Bab Chellah, the building of a shopping arcade, and the consolidation of the El Mellah cliff. Construction continues on other projects, including the restoration of the wall from Bab Laalou to Bab El Had.In addition to Rabat, the project also includes Sale, Meknes, Tetouan, Marrakech and Essaouira.In October, Morocco’s Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit announced an MAD 2.35 billion budget for the renovation programs.The Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development will contribute approximately 40 percent of the budget.