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Full nameMarrakech
Official nameMarrakech
Native nameمراكش Marrákəš
Other nameمراكش Murrākuš
RegionMarrakech-Tensift-El Haouz
ProvinceMarrakech Province
Founded in1062 C.E.
Yusef ibn Tashfin
MayorFatima Zahra Mansouri
Total Population1070000 (2010)

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Marrakech or Marrakesh (Berber: Murakuc, , local pronunciation: Mərrakəš), known as the "Red City", is the most important former imperial city in Morocco's history. The city of Marrakesh is the capital of the mid-southwestern economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, being also the 2nd largest city in Morocco.

Like many North African cities, the city of Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and an adjacent modern city (called Gueliz) for a total population of 1,070,000. It is served by Ménara International Airport (IATE code: RAK) and a rail link to Casablanca and the north.

Marrakech has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians. By night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.

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