ICECS 2007 Conference Venue

14th IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits and Systems 

December 11-14, 2007  - Marrakech, Morocco 

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Marrakech (or Marrakesh), founded in about 1070, is the main imperial city to be visited by the tourists. Many international conferences have been organized in Marrakech. The Medina of Marrakech is one of sites protected by the UNESCO world heritage since 1985. The same UNESCO committee, held in Marrakech in 1999, nominated Jamaa Lafna Square in Marrakech as oral heritage of humankind. You can find many raving descriptions of this city. Among them, we chose the overview given by Fodor’s (www.fodors.com ):

Pearl of the South, Jewel of the South, The Rose City -- just a few of the nicknames Marrakech has acquired over the years. The pearl and the jewel symbolize its importance as the center of Morocco ever since it was a trading and resting place on the crossroads of ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu. The rose attests to a city still painted entirely in salmon pink, in keeping with the red-clay earth below. Once called Morocco City by foreign travelers, Marrakech eventually lent its name to the country itself. Part Berber, part Arab, part African, Marrakech is the heartbeat of Morocco, where palaces and monuments of unrivaled refinement sit calmly alongside the snake charmers and Gnaouan drums pulsing constantly from Djemâa el Fna Square -- the most exuberant marketplace in the world.

Virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages, Marrakech's solid ramparts encircle and protect its mysterious labyrinthine medina, which hides sultans' palaces, the ornate mansions of rich merchants, and some of the most colorful bazaars in the Arab world. Late in the afternoon, Moroccans as well as foreigners crowd the Djemâa el Fna to hear storytellers and musicians perform, be wooed by herbalists and acrobats, and watch smoke rise from the outdoor food stalls as vendors whip up a wild array of fried fish, meats, salads, and such Moroccan delicacies as lamb or beef stewed in an earthenware pot and left in hot ashes all day.

This intoxicating city is for the eyes -- a place where even the refined elements have a roughness to them, yet what is rough has its own refinement. Apart from the many things to see and do, one of the most refreshing things about Marrakech is that time slows down here. The helter-skelter of mopeds, Mercedes, donkey carts, and pedestrians in the streets is really just a mirage; beneath it all, you can feel a languor in the way people walk, the way they take time to stop and talk to each other, conducting their daily affairs much as their ancestors did. With its dramatic beauty and unhurried rhythm, the Jewel of the South can beckon even the most seasoned traveler to stop moving and stay forever.

There is plenty of information on Marrakech on the web (see for example, for unbiased view and a lot of information  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marrakech)