Ait Attab

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Ait Attab (In Arabic ايت اعتاب, other transcriptions include: Ait Atab, Ait Aatab and Âït Attab) is a large, agricultural river valley on the northern edge of Azilal province in Morocco. Its population is divided into a multitude of hamlets called douwars, the largest one being Al Garage, which is also referred to as Ait Attab Center, or more simply as Ait Attab.

Geography[edit]

The geography of Ait Attab valley is dominated by the flow of the river Oued el Abid. The valley has a mid-valley ridge that is the shape of an enormous right foot approximately 25 km (16 mi) in length.


History[edit]

Ait Attab valley is locally well known for its influence prior to, and resistance against French colonization. It is rumored in Azilal Province that the damn upstream at Bin el Ouidane was built by the French as a means of countering the valley’s influence by controlling its water supply.

Present day[edit]

Today, Ait Attab is regionally known for the quality of its olive oil and almond harvest. It is also a common stopping point for tourists on their way to the waterfalls at Ouzoud. Nearly all Attabis (the term for people from Ait Attab) speak the Moroccan dialect of Arabic. Furthermore, because of the area’s Berber heritage, many Attabis speak the valley’s dialect of Tamazight, similar to the kind spoken downstream at Bzou.