Venue

 

Venue Address

Université Privée de Fès
Lotissement Quaraouiyine Route d'Ain Chkef
30000 Fès Maroc

Phone : +212 535 610 320
E-mail : info@upf.ac.ma

Fez : The imperial City of Morocco and
FEZ City of World Heritage UNESCO

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We propose to our conference participants a cultural trip over 1000 years human history

The imperial city is the capital of traditional Moroccan culture. Cradle of knowledge, for which its superb medersas are a flamboyant symbol. A medersa is a school where the Koran is taught along with all the classic subject of learning: mathematics, grammar, history, astronomy, medicine. In Morocco, and especially in Fez, medersas have the important role of integrating students from other regions. Generally they are built around a central courtyard with a fountain. Classes are held under the sumptuous arcades bordering it. The Karaouiyine mosque is one of the most imposing in Morocco. It houses a university which is thought to be the oldest in the world and which was founded in the middle of the 9th century at a time when theology, grammar and Koranic law were the basic subjects taught. The El-Attarine medersa, situated opposite it, is considered to be the most beautiful in the medina.

Karaouine Mosque

 

For well over twelve hundred years Al-Qarawiyyin has been one of the leading spiritual and educational centres of the Muslim World, a typical institution, of many, underlining how learning constituted the heart of the religion of Islam and its civilisation. The story of its foundation is also revealing. It was founded in 859 C.E., by a young princess named Fatima Al-Fihri who migrated with her father Mohammed Al-Fihri form Qayrawan (Tunisia) to Fes. The family joined a community of other migrants from Qayrawan "Qayrawaniyyins", who settled in a western district of Fes. Fatima and her sister Mariam, who were well educated and brought up with religious devotion, inherited a large amount from their father who was a successful businessman. Fatima vowed to spend her entire inheritance on building a mosque suitable for her community. This remarkable story is a typical example shedding some light on the role and contribution of women in Muslim civilisation. Such a role is the subject of widely held misconceptions about Islam.

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Bou Inania

 

The Madrasa Bou Inania is a madrasa in Fes, Morocco, founded by Abu Inan Faris.It is widely acknowledged as an excellent example of Marinid architecture. The name Bou Inania comes from the first part of the sultan's name Abou Inan. The madrasa functioned both as an educational institute and as a congregational mosque. This is the only madrasa in Fes with a minaret. Opposite the main doorway of the madrasa is the entrance to the ablutions house for washing limbs and face before prayers. Left and right of the central court there are classrooms. According to history, religious leaders of the Karaouine Mosque advised Abu Inan Faris to build this madrasa. It was the last madrasa to be built by the Marinids. The madrasa became one of the most important religious institutions of Fes and Morocco, and gained the status of Grand Mosque. The madrasa was renovated in the 18 th century. During the reign of Sultan Mulay Sliman, entire sections were reconstructed. In the 20th century, major restoration work was performed on the load-bearing structure, the plaster, wood and tiled decorations with Islamic geometric patterns. The madrasa is one of the few religious places in Morocco that is accessible for non-Islamic visitors. Opposite the Madrasa Bou Inania is the Dar al-Magana, a wall with a hydraulic clock that was built in conjunction to the madrasa.

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The museum Nejjarine

 

Opened in 1998, this museum is in a wonderfully restored funduq for travelling merchants who stored and sold their goods below and took lodgings on the floors above. Centred on a courtyard, the rooms are given over to displays of traditional artefacts of its craftsmen tools, chunky prayer beads and Berber locks, chests and musical instruments (compare the traditional wedding furniture with the modern glitzy chairs outside in Pl an-Nejjarine). Everything is beautifully presented, although the stunning building gives the exhibits a run for their money. The rooftop cafe has great views over the medina. Photography is forbidden.

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The Museum of Arms - Borj Nord

 

This old XVIth century fortress close to the ramparts remains true to its military tradition since it has been transformed into the Weapons Museum. The collections have been built up mainly as a result of royal donations and include a number of rare pieces. Weapons specialists will appreciate the development of techniques while art lovers will be impressed by the splendour of the objects. Live the golden age of weaponry: everyhting is on display here, from the pre-historic axe to the modern rifle. And every civilisation is represented: Indian, European or Asiatic. However, the finest exhibits are undoubtedly Moroccan: the daggers encrusted with stones or the rifles with their inlaid butts - and there can be no question as to the most imposing piece of all - its size and weight speak volumes! A canon 5 metres long and weighing 12 tons, used during the Battle of the Three Kings.

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ACCOMMODATION

Riad Palais Ommeyad Hotel *****

Adress : Zekkak Er Roumane, Fez, Morocco

Phone :+212 5356-38718

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Merinides Hotel *****

Adress : Douar El Magta, Fez, Morocco

Phone :+212 5356-45226

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Ibis Hotel ***

Adress : Avenue des Almohades, Place de la Gare, Fez, Morocco

Phone :+212 532-110282

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Mounia Hotel ***

Adress : Ville Nouvelle, Fez, Morocco

Phone :+212 5356-50773

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Pickalbatros Royal Mirage Fes Hotel ****

Adress : Avenue Des Far, 30000 , Fez, Morocco

Phone :+212 5359-30909

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Ramada Hotel ***

Adress : Avenue des Forces Armées Royales , Fez, Morocco

Phone :+212 5359-48000

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Zahrat Al Jabal Hotel ***

Adress : Avenue des Forces Armèes Royales , Fez, Morocco

Phone :+212 5359-44646


VISA INFORMATION

Morocco is a safe and stable country. It is the travelers responsibility to check and confirm current visa requirements to enter Morocco. You may check with Moroccan Embassies and Consulates in your country whether you need a visa and how to obtain one if necessary.
Please note that at the time of preparation of this website the Citizens holding passports of the following countries do not need a visa to enter the Kingdom of Morocco (If your stay is longer than 90 days, a resident permit is required and can be issued by the Police Department of your place of residence in Morocco):
Algeria - Andorra - Argentina - Australia - Austria - Bahrain - Belgium - Brazil - Bulgaria - Canada - Chile - Congo (Brazaville) - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia - Finland - France - Gabon - Germany - Great Britain - Greece - Guinea (Conakry) - Hong Kong - Hungary - Iceland - Indonesia - Ireland - Italy - Ivory Coast - Japan - Kuwait - Latvia - Liechtenstein - Lithuania - Luxemburg - Mali - Malta - Mexico - Monaco - Netherlands - New Zealand - Niger - Norway - Oman - Peru - Philippines - Poland - Portugal - Puerto Rico - Qatar - Romania - Russian Federation - Saudi Arabia - Senegal - Singapore (They can stay one month without visa) - Slovakia - Slovenia - South Korea - Spain - Sweden - Switzerland - Tunisia - Turkey - United Arab Emirates - United States of America - Venezuela.

If you are not a citizen of one of the countries listed above, you can download the visa form on the Moroccan Consulate’s website.

Requests for Visa Support Letters

For security purposes, the conference has policy for issuing official Visa Support Letters as follows:
- Visa Support Letters will be issued only after you have successfully registered and paid for your conference.
- Visa Support Letters can only be issued for the person accepted to attend the conference.
Visa Support Letters will be issued via email in PDF format. Please contact the Conference Manager at serrhini@emena.org to arrange for a Visa Support Letter. You must include:
- Your name as appears on your passport
- Your address
- Your Registration Confirmation Number
- And, if you are an author of an accepted paper or poster, please provide the title.
Note: Obtaining a Visa Support Letter from EMENA-ISTL 2018 Conference will not guarantee that your visa application to enter Morocco will be approved. The letter is merely supplementary information that explains a visa applicant's intended purpose of travel to Morocco.


How to get here?

The simpliest way to get to fes is by air, with an average of two 2 to 3 hours flight from Europe.

The airport Fes Saiss,  is an international airport located in the city of FEZ, Morocco. http://www.onda.ma/en/Our-Airports/Fez-Saiss-Airport

The following airlines serve FEZ:

  • Air Arabia
  • Jetairfly
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Ryanair
  • TAP Portugal
  • Transavia (france)

–> Your flight is landing in Casablanca Mohammed V airport (CMN) instead of  FEZ ?
Simply you can transfer from Casablanca airport to FEZ city by Train, enjoy the around 3-hour trip in the comfort and security by train, you can Take Train directly from Casablanca Mohammed V airport  RAIL Train station directly to Fes city train Station.

dont hesitate to ask any Moroccan for information they are very friendlier

Customs

Any adult traveler visiting Morocco may import without customs formalities or payment of duties and taxes, the following quantities of tobacco, alcoholic beverages and perfumes:

  • Tobacco: 200 grams of manufactured tobacco for your personal consumption
  • Alcoholic beverages: a one-liter bottle of wine and a one-liter bottle of spirits (or another alcohol of the same size)
  • Perfumes and eau de toilette: a bottle of perfume (150 ml) and a bottle of eau de toilette (250 ml)

Some goods can not be imported into Morocco. These include: weapons, weapons and war ammunition; narcotics and psychotropic products; recorded writings, printed matter, cassettes and videocassettes and any object contrary to morality and public order; certain plants and plant products likely to be carriers of harmful organisms or dangerous for the national flora.

Currency

The currency is Moroccan dirham (MAD). You can bring with you Euro or US Dollars, and exchange once arrived. 

Electricity

The voltage in Morocco is 220 V, and outlets will fit the ‘two-pin plug known as the Europlug.
Watch out for American and Canadian appliances, which are made to be used with 110V. That means that even with an adapter, plugging them into a 220V socket may damage them. If your appliance is “dual-voltage”, it should be fine (it’s designed for both 110 and 220V). If not, you’ll need a power converter as well as an adapter.