Tangier: where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean

Lucie Barthe

Culture and connections join forces at the meeting point of the Mediterranean and Atlantic.

More than ever, this unprecedented crisis has revealed the importance of staying connected: the digital world has taken over our lives overnight with incredibly creative tools to help us cope and stay in touch with our community. However, it has also underlined the acute need both on a human and business level to meet our peers. We have missed our families, friends, and colleagues, and we only now realise how vital it is to socialise again.

A perfectly sized city to host CONNECT 2021

For the first aviation event of the year, CONNECT is coming back to Morocco for the second time. In February 2021, CONNECT will welcome you in the far north of Morocco: The White City of Tangier. This authentic city, where the waters of the Mediterranean and Atlantic meet, will show you all the big ambitions of the third city of Morocco.

At the crossroads of various cultures and influences, Tangier was once Portuguese, English and even Spanish territory. All these cultures have left their mark on the city, with for example the Plaza de Toros and the Cervantes Theater, built in 1913.

Tangier is also renowned for its splendid souks at the heart of the city. Full of colour, the souks stand out from the whitewashed houses of the White City. The city offers an exceptionally varied selection of stunning natural landscapes, making it a leading touristic destination for international travellers.

An accessible and growing tourism destination

The city is undergoing rapid development and modernisation, and Ibn Batouta International Airport is no exception. The airport, built in 2002 and modernised in 2008 with a new airport terminal, handled more than a million passengers in 2017, and 1,353,860 in 2019 – a record year for Moroccan airports, which welcomed more than 25 million passengers (+11.18%). Tangier Airport represents the third highest growth in the country with +20% of passengers compared to 2018.

In 2018, Africa’s first high-speed train line was built between Tangier and Casablanca, connecting the two cities in just over 2 hours. Increased connectivity attracts not only visitors, but also foreign investments and new resort projects.

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5-7 Jun 2024