King Mohammed VI has always been well aware of his country’s tourist potential. The Plan Azur 2010 and it’s follow up Plan Azur 2020 is a clear exponent of his dedication to the cause. We have seen considerable success and a vast improvement in general infrastructure around the major macro projects planned for the Atlantic and Mediterranean Coast. One such project is “Mediterrania-Saïdia” all 7MM Square Kilometres of it. Unfortunately the Global Financial Crisis and the unsettling events in the Arab World have slowed down its development. Nevertheless the announced improvement in the economy coupled with Morocco’s solid stability within the Arab World should shed some light into such wonderful prospects. For this blogger, he would like to see some further movements around the Al Hoceima area where the beaches and the environments are ripe for development. We have already seen the building of an excellent road from Nador/Saïdia (part of the Plan Azur) and its port and airport are a stone’s throw from the Southern Coast of Spain and of course, the Costa del Sol.
Mar Chica Med
The macro project to be developed around the shores of Mar Chica in the Nador Province of North East Morocco. It is expected for the project to be finished and operating by 2025. The question we all ask is… Is this going to be another Mediterrania Saïdia? In any case it is designed to raise the level of prosperity in the area and counterbalance the differences with the neighbouring Spanish Enclave of Melilla, just a few Kilometres to the north. At present, crisis notwithstanding, the Spanish city still provides a lifeline to it’s long suffering hinterland.
A few kilometres south of the Spanish enclave of Melilla is what locals call “La Mar Chica” (The little Sea) a salt water lagoon about 25 kilometres long and covering an area of 4000 hectares. It has a semicircular shape only 8 metres deep separated from the Mediterranean by a narrow sand strip of about the same length with an estuary in the middle of about 120 metres.
There are plans to develop the area around it including the sand strip culminating in 2025. It will create 7 cities with all the facilities and will no doubt rival Mediterrania-Saïdia the macro complex 80 Km to the east.
Watch this space.