It’s more than just a game: How golf and the film industry are improving Morocco’s economic landscape — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) March 23, 2018 NBCUniversal’s Golf Channel recently produced a special on Morocco, Golf Gaining Popularity in Morocco, and has conducted a number of interviews this week during the Hassan II pro golf tournament, the Trophée Hassan II, hosted in Morocco’s capital city of Rabat. The American public is learning more about Morocco’s half-century love affair with golf thanks to recent headline articles in the Wall ...

Business Brief: International media praise Morocco’s development, while economy slows in 2Q due to lagging agricultural production hit by lack of rain – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader April 16, 2018 Both the International Policy Digest and the MediTelegraph recently published articles praising the advances of the Moroccan economy and future prospects. In a post “Is The ‘Moroccan Exception’ Myth or Reality,” the International Policy Digest described the key factors in Morocco’s current success, going so far as to say “Morocco is unique in the region in its governance and culture.” In contrast to many ...

[The Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation: The Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and ...

Don’t Go to Morocco Without Visiting Mohamed Id Hammou in the High Atlas — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) April 2, 2018 With Spring in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco comes the harvest of the cherries, amidst the roaring rivers that flow from the snows of Mount Toubkal and surrounding peaks.  Mount Toubkal, the second highest peak in Africa, rises to nearly 14,000 feet, competing with the heights of most peaks of the Colorado Rockies.  In the Spring, a tourist will meet colorfully ...

Equaling the Playing Field – FIFA 2026 Bidding Process — Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) March 23, 2018 At first glance, one has to wonder if the competition to host the 2026 soccer (football) World Cup can even be competitive. It’s the United 2026 joint bid of the United States, Mexico, and Canada versus Morocco.  With a combined GDP of more than $21 trillion, the US-led consortium appears to have an overwhelming advantage over Morocco, a country the size of ...
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