The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI recently inaugurated the prestigious Mediterrania Saidia community, the most exclusive new coastal development in Morocco, and the ‘Cote d’Azur’ of this region with 5 star facilities front line to the best beaches in Morocco.
The event launched the 2nd part of the enormous marina with capacity to host 1350 boats, El Palmeral golf course, an 18 hole championship course to be managed by Troon Golf, the Medina Saidia, a 40-hectare shopping area built just like the traditional Moroccan medina in Marrakech and two beach front hotels: the Barcelo and the Iberostar.
Mediterrania Saidia is the first and only government-backed project on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco and this Government funding means a very low risk, very important in today’s market. Prices are a fraction of other established luxury marina reference points in the region like Puerte Banus, Vilamoura and the Cote d’Azur.
The new community is close to Oujda airport and direct flights from the UK will be available once the hotel bookings start flooding in. To give you an idea, there will be over 20 global hotel groups working in Saidia including the Riu, Barcelo, Globalia, Iberstar, Radisson, Best Western, Golden Tulip, World Hotels to name but a few.
Special tax rules granted by the government add to the excellent investment credentials of Saidia and strict planning rules limit development to the absolute minimum. The Mediterrania Saidia resort covers 7,000,000 m2 and will have a capacity of 30,000 beds, and generate 8,000 direct jobs and 40,000 indirect ones by 2013. Very low-density build enhances the 5 star luxury environment. Up to now, 33% of the accommodation capacity has been achieved, and 1,700 direct and 8,500 indirect jobs have been created.
For you entertainment, service and safety there are:
* 6 kilometres of beach with 17 exclusive beach clubs * 3 designer golf courses – one championship standard * Commercial areas including the large Moroccan Souk * Top international brands, bars, restaurants, and shopping centre * Spa, fitness clubs, water parks and a medical centre * Comprehensive 5 star sports facilities including David Lloyd tennis club * Football stadium, indoor and outdoor public pools including one Olympic size * 1,000-seat business auditorium and exhibition centre * Diving, sailing centre and yacht club * Medical centre and heliport * Water park
The 1.5 billion dollar Saidia community is part of the Moroccan Government’s “Plan Azur” programme that aims to create new tourist destinations and increase the GDP contribution of Moroccan tourism to 20% by 2010. This will be achieved with the development of coastal resorts amongst other key initiatives. Saidia is considered the most important of the Plan Azur projects, as it is the largest and first to be launch.