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Assa-Zag


ABOUT ASSA-ZAG

Want to discover Assa-Zag? There are a thousand and one ways to do so. A city of heritage and a patrimony of the kingdom with a very rich human and cultural capital as well as a distinctive landscape and archaeological diversity. The oases constitute ecological and biological reserves to be strengthened through the consolidation of the capacities of the oasis communes and the development and implementation of communal development plans. The province of Assa-Zag is a predominantly rural subdivision of the Moroccan region, a small town in southern Morocco 100 km southeast of Guelmim and 80 km southwest of Foum Zguid. It has a population of 60,000 today. It is known by hardy tourists for its oases and especially by archaeologists who are in charge of several sites including Aayoun Ighamane whose track is impressive because of its extensive landscape and the rocky mountains that surround it and Aouinat Lahna, an old track of the Paris - Dakar Rally, which has now been asphalted. One can also discover a very impressive pre-Saharan research station founded by Jean-Bertrand Panouse. The moussem of Zaouia d'Assa is a meeting not to be missed. People come here from all over Morocco as well as members of the Ait Oussa tribe living abroad. Cultural and religious events take place, as tradition dictates, on the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet Mohamed because the moussem coincides with the celebration of his birthday. Ahouach dance, Hassania poetry and Amazigh music form the main artistic elements of these encounters during which the rites and customs of the population can be discovered.


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