Although temperatures drop significantly to range between 11 and 23 degrees, November is still mild enough (and, compared with northern Europe, also dry) for a relaxing, quiet holiday in Marrakech with an average of seven hours daily sunshine. Furthermore, several sporting events and major international conferences are taking place in Marrakech.
There are no major Islamic religious festivals this month but Morocco celebrates two important public holidays, namely:
Green March Day: November 6th is Green March Day commemorating the date in 1975 when some 350,000 unarmed Moroccans converged on the southern city of Tarfaya to protest against the occupation of the Western Sahara by Spain.
Independence Day: Morocco’s ‘Fete de l’Independence’, Eid Al Istiqulal, is celebrated on the 18th of November to mark the return from exile of King Mohammed and the declaration of independence from France in 1956.
November in Marrakech – Sporting Events
Major sporting events this month include:
- Dakhla Ultimate Saharan Trail (DUST), Dakhla, 5th- 9th November 2016
- International Archery Tournament, Marrakech, 26th to 27th November 2016
- Tangier Marathon, scheduled for the 13th November
November in Marrakech – Business and the Environment
Two business conferences are scheduled this month:
The International Business & Management Conference, set to take place at the Hotel Royal Deauville, Marrakech, from 24th to 26th November and
The 16th International Hybrid Intelligent Systems Conference from 21st to 23rd November.
In addition to the above, Marrakech will be hosting two major environmental conferences this month. The first is AREF 2016, the Africa Renewable Energy Forum, a three-day conference from 2nd to 4th November. The second, even more important conference with, potentially, the most far-reaching consequences is the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP) being held between 7th and 18th of November 2016.
Organised by the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), this conference will combine two meetings, COP22 (22nd Conference of the Parties session) and CMP12 (12th conference of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol meeting). Workshops, exchanges of information and other side events are all focused on action to progress worldwide implementation of the so-called Paris Agreement. Thousands of delegates, press and other interested parties are expected to attend.
Marrakech and the UNFCCC COP
Led by Hakima el Haite, Morocco’s Deputy Minister for the Environment, Marrakech is already busy preparing for this major event, having set aside a 78 million dirham budget to launch a range of environmental projects including the creation of several parks and improving public lighting to reach international, eco-friendly standards.