His Majesty King Mohammed VI gave orders to rebuild the areas affected by the devastating Al Haouz earthquake.
His Majesty announced the allocation of 120 billion dirhams, over five years, to rehabilitate the areas affected by the earthquake (Marrakesh, Al Haouz, Taroudant, Chichaoua, Azilal, and Ouarzazate), targeting a population of 4.2 million people.
Through this budget, housing will be rebuilt and damaged infrastructure will be rehabilitated, while economic activities and employment will be encouraged, local initiatives will be valued, and other matters that will benefit the affected areas.
A number of those interested in economic affairs considered that reconstruction, if done well, would benefit the villages and citizens as a whole.
The same sources confirmed that the infrastructure that will be rebuilt will create a boom in economic activity and provide job opportunities for residents of the affected areas, who have been suffering from unemployment for years.
Those interested in economic affairs added, in their recent reports, that rebuilding the roads that were broken and the bridges that were demolished will contribute to making these villages tourist areas, given that foreigners want to discover such areas, if they are developed according to recognized conditions and specifications.
On the other hand, Al-Zubair Bouhout, an expert in the tourism field, said in a previous interview with Al-Jarida 24 that such a tragedy would have a major impact on the tourism field in our country, after various foreign media reported on this devastating earthquake that struck the Kingdom.
Bouhout explained that canceling reservations or reducing the number of overnight stays, as a result of this tragedy, could lead to an economic and social crisis within the tourism sector.
The same speaker highlighted that hotels and tourist facilities provided tourists with all possible means to feel comfortable and reassured after the earthquake.
Stressing that the reconstruction launched by His Majesty may harm the benefit of domestic tourism, given that tourists will discover new areas in the coming years, after developing the infrastructure in the places damaged by the earthquake.