11 Moroccans Who Changed Your Life Without You Even Knowing

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Throughout the many years, many Moroccans have contributed to world history—from physicians and travel writers to engineers and even music producers. Here how these 11 Moroccans changed your life without you even knowing it.

Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta was the first ever travel writer. He traveled through the whole of the Medieval world over a period of 30 years, which he recounted in his popular book The Travels. Since Ibn Battuta, many people have chosen to become travel writers like him, who are part of the global phenomenon of travel blogging. His tomb now lays in Tangier.

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GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Merieme Chadid

Merieme Chadid was born in Casablanca in 1969 and is the first Moroccan woman to travel to the South Pole, where she planted the first Moroccan flag. She led an international scientific program that installed a major astronomical observatory in the middle of the frozen continent to study the stars. She explains that her greatest achievement is her work at Dome C in Antarctica, as it is one of the coldest, most deserted and inaccessible places in the world.

Rachid Yazami

Rachid Yazami was born in Fez and, after graduating from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France, he obtained a PhD in 1985. In 1980, he was the first to discover the reversible intercalation of lithium into graphite. This discovery led to lithium batteries, which are now used across the globe for all kinds of everyday products, such as smartphones, cameras, watches, calculators and much more.

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Mohammed Awzal

Mohammed Awzal was the most important author in the Berber language, as he was one of the first people to write in Shilha; a type of Berber language spoken in the Sus region of Morocco. People quickly recognized his talent as a writer and you can still find his Shilha manuscripts in Moroccan libraries.

Baruj Benacerraf

Baruj Benacerraf was born in Venezuela in 1920, to Jewish-Moroccan parents. He won the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for “discoveries concerning genetically determined structures on the cell surface that regulate immunological reactions,” that shed light on the roles of different parts of the immune system.

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Serge Haroche

Serge Haroche was born into a Jewish-Moroccan family in Casablanca in 1944. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics “for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems.” His study of the quantum mechanical behavior of photons led to ground-breaking discoveries that changed the physics community around the world.

French Montana

You have heard at least one French Montana song—most likely his newest called “Unforgettable.” French Montana was born as Karim Kharbouch in Rabat, but it wasn’t until his parents decided to move to New York City when he was 13 that he found his true love for rap music. He shot his latest music video for the song “Famous” in Chefchaouen, a small village in the north of the Kingdom.

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Robert Purvis

Robert Purvis was a mixed-race American abolitionist of Moroccan descent. His grandmother was abducted from Morocco when she was 12 and shipped off to South Carolina, where she spent seven years as a slave, before being freed by her master. His parents never managed to marry, as his mother was a “free woman of color” while his father was a white, English immigrant. Purvis identified with the black community and was strongly opposed to slavery. After his father died, leaving Purvis and his brothers a sizable inheritance, he used his wealth for political activism towards the abolition of slavery.

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Marcelle Machluf

Marcelle Machluf is a Moroccan-born Israeli citizen who moved to Israel at the age of one, with her mother and grandmother. After obtaining a degree in biology, a Masters in Science and a PhD in biotechnology engineering, Marcelle researched gene therapy, tissue engineering and cancer drug nano-delivery systems at the Harvard Medical School. She holds a number of awards for her innovative research and achievements in the gene therapy field.

David Guetta

David Guetta is a world-famous DJ of Belgian and Jewish-Moroccan descent. He was born in Paris, France, and is known for a number of chart-topping hits. Some of his most popular songs are “When Love Takes Over,” “Without You” and “Titanium,” with famous Australian singer Sia. He has also partnered with the United Nations to help raise funds for humanitarian needs across the globe.

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Adnane Remmal

Adnane Remmal is a Moroccan biology professor who studied biology at the University of Fez, and obtained a postgraduate diploma and PhD in molecular pharmacology in France in 1987. He is mostly known for his discovery of the antimicrobial activity of essential oils. He has won a number of awards, including the Innovation Prize for Africa, worth US $100,000, and the Popular Prize at the European Inventor Award.

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