Spain : Dakhla Week in Torremolinos concludes festivities despite tensions

Dakhla's week in Torremolinos (Spain) was set to present the beauty and cultural wealth of the southern city. /Ph. DR
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Despite the dissatisfaction with the Dakhla Week, held from July 21 to 28 in Torremolinos (province of Malaga, southern Spain), the activities that were initially canceled took place at the end of the day.

These cancellations, approved by the mayor of the city of Torremolinos, José Ortiz Garcia, were regarding «the fashion show and musical songs scheduled for July 26, and the closing party scheduled for the 28th», according to a document relayed Thursday July 26 by Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.

Thursday night, visitors attended a fashion show where the traditional clothes and fabrics of the region were in the spotlight. Through songs, dance, Hassani handicrafts and gastronomy, the organizers have not been short of ideas to promote the wealth of this region. «We received about 1,000 visitors a day during this event of great touristic and cultural significance», Azzedine Bijou, head of the Torremolinos office of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT) told MAP.

The large Moroccan delegation, composed of members of the Dakhla Oued-Eddahab region council and the Dakhla Regional Tourism Council, has undertaken a series of discussions with tour operators and travel agencies of the Dakhla region. It has expressed its desire to develop ecotourism in the province, focusing on projects that respect the cachet of the region and its cultural and natural specificities, while ensuring the preservation of its biodiversity.

«Talks are underway for the signing of an agreement under which the airline operating from major Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Madrid or Seville and destined for Moroccan cities, such as Tangier, Fez or Agadir, will offer connections to Dakhla. This way, these services will be stopovers to the final destination, Dakhla's airport», Mr. Bijou added.

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