The United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place in Marrakech this year – COP 22 in Marrakech! It runs from November 7th until the 18th and preparations are well under way in the Red City. Huge tented structures are going up just outside Marrakech Medina and infrastructure is being assembled.
You can visit the COP22 website here: http://www.cop22.ma/
This huge event – expected to attract a hundred thousand visitors or more – is eagerly awaited by ecologists and the local service sector alike. It has already led to a significant upgrade of the local transport system, with the recent purchase of super clean electric buses and the installation of low-energy street lighting. There is work going on all over the city to tidy up the visual aspect of public spaces and in some cases to concretely improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. Parks and pavements are being upgraded. Traffic flows are being improved. In July a total ban on the sale of one-use plastic bags came into force across the country.
COP 22 in Marrakech has not yet truly reached the local public consciousness. It must be said that the local population probably has higher priorities than a Climate Change Conference. There is still a lot of poverty in some areas of the city and education levels are generally poor. Access to decent healthcare is very difficult for the less well off. And yet the feeling is growing that this event is going to have a very positive impact on the daily lives of residents.
COP 22 in Marrakech also provides first time visitors with a real opportunity to discover this remarkable city. Marrakech Medina will surely attract admiring attention from those looking for a second home in a vibrant and sunny environment. Here at Bosworth Property Marrakech we extend an open invitation to Conference participants and visitors to a free tour of some of the fabulous Riads and properties in the Medina. There is no obligation whatsoever, just an opportunity to see some stunning private palaces and guesthouses. I’ll even take you to see some beautiful historical Riads that need saving. It’s an interesting itinerary and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Just send me a mail to colin@BosworthPropertyMarrakech.com with the title “COP 22 Free Tour” and I’ll be in touch.
There is so much to see in the Medina – from the traditional areas where public life still centres on the Mosques, communal bakeries and public bath-houses to the thriving souks and up-market tourist quarters where social integration is a resounding success. Be my guest. Come and see Marrakech Medina with me – your trusted Medina specialist.