El Hajeb

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El Hajeb
الحاجب / ⴻⵍⵃⴰⵊⴻⴱ
Panoramic view of El Hajeb
Panoramic view of El Hajeb
El Hajeb is located in Morocco
El Hajeb
El Hajeb
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 33°41′34″N 5°22′16″W / 33.69278°N 5.37111°W / 33.69278; -5.37111
Country  Morocco
Region Fès-Meknès
Province El Hajeb
Elevation[1] 3,428 ft (1,045 m)
Population (2004)
 • Total 27,132
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

El Hajeb (Arabic: الحاجب, al-Ḥājib‎‎; Berber: ⴻⵍⵃⴰⵊⴻⴱ) is a city located in the Fès-Meknès region of Morocco. It is the capital of El Hajeb Province and had a population of 27,132 in 2004.[2] El Hajeb is located on the P21 road which can take visitors to Azrou and Ifrane.[1] Most of the natives of the town are descendants of the Zayanes, a Berber people.[3]

History[edit]

El Hajeb was historically an important military base. A kasbah built by Mulay Hassan can be visited in ruins today.[1]

In January 2015, an ISIL recruitment cell, with 8 ISIL fighters in operation of it, was raided by Moroccan authorities. The cell was transporting Moroccan recruits to Syria and Iraq for training, and had operations in El Hajeb, Meknes, and El-Hoceima. [4]

Geography[edit]

El Hajeb is located in the foothills of the Middle Atlas mountain range, and is about 18 miles (29 km) from Meknes.[5]

Economy[edit]

El Hajeb's economy is led by agriculture, with its nearby vineyards,[5] and there is also a tin mining site, called the Achmmach Tin Project, located near El Hajeb. The project at completion was estimated to cost around $131 million USD, and it is expected to operate until around 2027.[6] An olive plantation, around 190 hectares (470 acres) in size, as well as a grinding plant is located in El Hajeb.[7]

Culture[edit]

There is a vineyard between El Hajeb and Boufakrane, the grapes of which are used to produce a wine called Les Celliers des Meknes. The architecture of the houses of El Hajeb is cube-like.[5] El Hajeb is sometimes visited by hikers because of the rocks, cliffs, and caves in the area. There is a mosque, shops, and a souq (in which crops and textiles are sold) located in El Hajeb.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Maverick Guide to Morocco. Pelican Publishing. p. 211. ISBN 978-1-4556-0864-5. 
  2. ^ 2004 Morocco Population census
  3. ^ a b Carole French (2011). National Geographic Traveler Morocco. National Geographic. ISBN 978-1-4262-0706-8. 
  4. ^ "Police take down Daesh recruitment cell in Morocco". Al Bawaba. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Carole French (2011). National Geographic Traveler Morocco. National Geographic. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-4262-0706-8. 
  6. ^ "Achmmach Tin Project, El Hajeb". Mining Technology. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Morocco-UAE: Emirati investors to pump around 37 million euros into Morocco's Agriculture | Middle East Confidential". me-confidential.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016.