Thami El Glaoui - The wealthiest man in Morocco

Time and events around “Dar El Bacha,” was difficult for the national unity of Morocco in the turbulent time of the French protectorate. The palace, built in the early twentieth century, was the residence of Thami El Glaoui who, for mutual benefit, brought decisive support to the French “resident” Lyautey based in Marrakech. As a result, in December 1950 El Glaoui was named the highly prestigious ‘Pasha of Marrakech’ by Sultan Mohammed V.
As an influential voice in French Morocco, El Glaoui asked Mohammed V (the Sultan) to no longer listen to the Moroccan nationalist party “Istiqlal” who were in favor of independence. However after an unfortunate misunderstanding involving the brother of Thami, the El Glaoui family showed itself insolent towards the sultan at a hearing and were forbidden from the palace grounds!

Great disharmony ensued from the rash action of the Sultan that in February 1953, El Glaoui met twenty Caïds (tax collectors) who signed a petition calling for the resignation of the Sultan. The 14th and 15th August, Mohammed V and Crown Prince Moulay Hassan were arrested and sent into exile in Madagascar.

Reform placed on Morocco by the increasingly disparate French fretting about their ungovernable colony, led to Mohammed V and Moulay Hassan’s return from exile, where he was officially recognised as the returned Sultan. Kneeling in submission to the true Sultan, Thami was forgiven for his past mistakes and died shortly after with much of his wealth confiscated by the state.

For a time the most powerful man in Morocco and one of the richest in the world, El Glaoui cast a imposing figure and influenced much of Morocco. History and culture runs deep in the streets of the Marrakshi medina. Our traditional Marrakech Riads are located in the heart of the old town, the intimate Riad Papillon is just a few steps from the Glaoui’s Palace in what is now the most fashionable part of the Medina boasting antique shops and restaurants in North Africa.

The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO world heritage site accessible in a day trip from our Marrakech Riad hotels.

A prime example of a complete fortified village of traditional Berber earth construction comprising a look out tower, a mosque, a granary, a public square, a Fondouk (or caravanserai to accommodate passing merchants), and a variety of dwellings including Kasbahs and more modest houses. collectively known as a Ksar.  Communities of this type and construction date back to pre islamic times and were to be found across Southern Morocco, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya

The name of this particular settlement is derived from the tribal group of the inhabitants (Ait) and their family name (Ben Haddou) in arabic ‘ben’ means son or sons, indicating the Ksar was originally constructed by the sons of a leader called Haddou.

Ait Ben Haddu sits in a commanding position on a mountain side in the Southern Atlas. It has frequently been used to shoot movies perhaps partly because of its proximity to the town of Ourzazate home to several film studios.  Credits include Sodom and Gomorrah (1962) , Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Time bandits (1981), The Jewel of the Nile (1987), Gladiator (2000) for which a huge amphitheatre was constructed, Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and most recently Prince of Persia (2010).

The Ksar Ait Ben Haddou had almost been abandoned in favour of a new village on the other side of the river but an enlightened UNESCO investment in installing running water and a sewerage system (both completed in the last four years) has reversed the decline so that today ten houses are inhabited again.  There is still no mains electricity within the Ksar.

The staff at your Riad in Marrakech will be delighted to arrange your excursion to Ait Ben Haddou which we suggest you combine with a visit to the nearby historic Kasbah at Telouet.

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Riad Bab Janna, 17 Derb El Kouri Sidi Ben Slimane

Riad Les Lauriers Blancs, 156 derb Sidi Messaoud, Bab Doukkala

Riad Koubba, 27 derb Belbekar, Zaouhet Lahdar

Riad El Bacha, 35, Derb Tizougarine, Dar El Bacha

Dar Coram, 91 Derb Skaya, Quartier Isserbtinne

Riad Zara, 294 Derb Ben Salek, Boutouil, Bab Aylen

Riad Dar Massai, 31 Derb Sbaia Kasbah Medina

Riad Argan, 33, derb Zenka Dika, Médina

Riad Aguaviva, Sidi Ghanem, Derb Derraz 3

Riad Miski, 6, derb Abdelouassaa, Ben Saleh

Kasbah Al Mendili, Douar Laamrine, BP 27 Sidi Ghiat

Riad de L’Orangeraie, 61 rue Sidi Yamani, Medina

Riad Andalla, 15 Derb Zaari, Medina

Riad Tibibt, Alla Azzaouna no39, Moukef Medina

Riad Adore, 97 Derb Tizougarine, Dar El Bacha

Riad Azoulay, 3, Derb Jemaa El Kebir

Riad Magellan, 62 derb el Hammam, Mouassine

Riad Chergui, 53-54 Derb El Halfaoui,  Médina

Casa Taos, Route de Souihla, Km 8

Terra Mia Marrakech, Km 12 Route de Fes

Riad Safa, 64 Derb Lalla Azzouna, Kaat Benahid

Dar Habiba, Rue Riad Zituon LkDim, Derb Jdid No. 18

Riad les Inseparables, 2, Derb bounouala, zaouia abassia

Riad Jona, Riad zitoune el kedim, 34, Derb jdid

Riad Ain Dabachi, 151 Derb Jdid Dabachi, Medina

Riad El Zohar, 56 Derb El Hammam

Dar Lalla F’dila, 17 Derb allilich, Kaat ben nahid

Riad Bamaga, 86  Derb Sidi Bouamar, Riad Lâarouss

Riad Clementine, Derb Sidi Messaoud 38, Bab Doukkala

Riad Dar Zaman, 29 Derb Boualilou, Sidi Ben Slimane

Riad Djebel, 190 Derb Skaya, Issebtiynne

Dar Vedra, 3, Derb Sidi Ahmed Ou Moussa, Bab Doukkala

Riad Zahr, Derb El Baroudi, Sidi Ben Slimane

Riad Boussa, 192 Derb Jdid, Dabachi, Medina

Riad Malika, 29 Arsat Aouzal, Bab Doukkala

Riad Khabia, Houmate Berrima, Derb Chtoka

Riad Dixneuf La Ksour, Derb Sania No. 16 | Bab Ksour

Dar Taliwint, 26, rue de La Bahia, Riad Zitoun Jdid

Riad Dar-K, Derb Boucetta lekbir No23

Villas Fawakay, 8km Route de Fez

Riad Samarkand, 41, Derb Sidi Lahcen, Bab Doukkala

Dar Hanane, 9 Derb Lalla Azzouna

Riad 72, 72 Arset Awzel, Bab Doukkala, Medina

Maison Mnabha, 32 – 33 Derb Mnabha, Kasbah

Riad Alaka, 35 Derb Alaka

Riad Honey Sarl, Derb el Khalifa Boutouil 88, Bab Ayelal

Riad Dar Alfarah, 58, derb Touareg, Ksibat N’Hass, Kasbah – Médina

Riad Akka, 65, derb Lahbib Magni, Riad Zitoune Jdid

Riad Princesse Jamila, 19 Derb Zenka Dayka

Riad Saba, 2 derb Cherkaoui,Douar Graoua

Riad Jaglia, Kaat Benahid, 33 rue Tachanbacht

Riad Sable Chaud, 135 Derb Ejdid, Bab Doukkala

Dar Ma Ward, 5, Derb El Khettara, Kaa Al Machra

Riad Alegria, 62 Derb Touareg

Riad Aubrac, 29 Derb Ben Allal, Ben Salah

Riad Libitibito, 6 Derb Ouaihah Sidi Abdelaziz

Riad Zayane, 36, derb Ennakhla, Bab Doukkala

Riad Shemsi, 194 Derb Chtouka, Medina-Kasbah

Riyad El Mezouar, 28, derb el Hammam, Issebtinne

Riad Almoulouk, Dabachi, derb My Abdelkader 51

Riad Anabel, 8 Derb Jdid

Dar Malak, 20 derb Assabane, Riad Laarouss

Riad Les Ammonites, Derb el Cadi 51, Azbezt

Riad Alboraq, 49, Derb Taht Sour Lakbir, Zaouia Al Abbassia

Riad Davia, Derb Aarab No 43 Boutouil

Riad Ker Saada, 28 derb el Arsa, Quartier Kennaria

Riad Dar Dallah,107, Derb El Cadi, Azbest, Médina

Riad Dar Saad, Rue Dar el Bacha 3 derb Ben Chekroune

Riad Dar Lea, Place Riad Laarouss Sidi Bouamar, Derb El Mezgour 41

Ryad Dar Ganou, 3, derb Fahl Ezzafriti,Laksour – Médina

Riad Abracadabra, Derb Jamaa, 125, Medina

Riad Dar More, 44 derb Jdid, Riad Zitoun Lakdim

Riad Baboune, Bab Aylen 271, Derd Lamrabet

Riad Carina, 76 Rue Berrima, Derb Touareg

Riad Bel Haj, 60 Derb Moulay Abdellah Ben Hssaine, Ksour

Dar Kantzaro, Route de Fes

Riad et Dar Maison Do, 1 et 21 derb Hajjama, Ben Salah Médina

Riad Marrabahia, 6 rue Bahia

Riad Eden, 25, Derb Jdid, Riad Zitoune Lakdim

Peacock Pavilions, Kilometer 13, Route de Ourzazate

Riad Itrane, 105, Derb Jamaa Derb Dabachi

Ryad Noura, 142, Derb El Faran, Sidi Ahmed Soussi

Riad Balkisse, 4 Derb Charij, Médina

Riad Misria, 17 derb Anboub, Quartier Baroudyine Medina

Riad El Faris, 14, derb Charki, Zaouia Abbassia

Riad Albizzia, Derb Sbaiya 7

Riad Dar Thania, 64 derb Jdid, Quartier Douar Graoua

Riad Amiris, 47 Derb Sidi Boulfdail, Angle Rue Kennaria

Dar Tchaikana, 25 Derb El Ferane, Azbest, Medina

Riad Darna, 2 Derb Boucetta Sirgh Kaat Benahid

Riad Altair, 21 derb Zaouia

Dar Mo’da, 182 rue el Moussine

Riad de l’Orientale, 8 Derb Ahmar, Quartier Laksour Medina

Riad Olema & Spa, 31-32, Derb Sidi Ahmed ou Moussa, Bab Doukkala

Riad Kechmara, 31 Derb Jdid Laksour, Medina

Jnane Allia,  Ain Neffad Oulad Hassoun Rouer de Fes

Riad Chi-Chi, Derb el Anboub 12, El Baroudiyines

Boutanga, Km 11.5 route d’Asni – Moulay Brahim

Riad Dalla Santa, 2 derb Maaden, Sidi Abdelaziz, Médina

La Villa Bleue, 97 Bd Moulay Abdellah

Dar Justo, 35 Derb Chorfa, Lakbir Mouassine, La Medina

Riad 107, 107 derb Jdid Douar Graoua, Medina

Riad La Maison Nomade, Sidi Benslimane, Kaa Sour, Derb Sidi Ahmed, El Barje No. 94

Riad Tarabel, 8, Derb Sraghna, Dar El Bacha

Riad Shalimar, Derb El Hammam – Bab Aylan

Dar Jaguar, 7-8 Derb El Mesfioui, Rahba Kedima

Riad El Wiam, 24 – 25 Derb Gnaoua Ben Saleh, Medina

Riad tm nights, 35 Derb ihihane, bab taghzout

Riad les Hibiscus, Derb Sidi Ben Aissa No17, Dabachi

Riad Lapis-Lazuli, 90, Zaouia Al Abbassia, Sidi Ghanem Toualt – Médina

Riad Les 5 Soeurs, 250, Derb Kadi, Bab Aïlen

Riad Jawad, Route de l’Ourika, Oasis Hassan ll, Douar Zemrane

Riad Ajmal, 75 Arset Aouzal

Riad Kerdouss, 81, Arzet Aouzal, Bab Doukkala

Riad Lena, 8, Derb El Hammam, Riad Laarouss

Riad Ayadina, 35 Zaouia El Abassia, Kaa El Machraa

Riad Awa, 6 Derb el hajra kasbah

Tajmakane, 19, lotissement El Menara, Inara, Targa

Al Ksar Riad & Spa, 11 derb Al Aati Allah, Hay Salam – Medina

Dar Nouba, 9 Derb Slima, Hart Soura, Medina

Riad Dar Tyor, 334 derb jdid

Dar Touyir, 132 bis Derb Dekkak Bab Doukkala, Medina

Riad Oumaima, 30 derb Ouayhah, Sidi Abdelaziz

Riad Al Karama, 119, derb Jdid, Quartier Dabachi

Darhani, 32 Derb Ouaihah, Qtr Sidi Abdel Aziz

Riad W, Derb Boutouil – no41, Kennraria Médina

Villa d’Akhdar

Riad Zehar, 79 Derb Habib Allah Mouassine

Riad Alwachma, 21 derb Sebh, Bab Doukkala

Riad Atman, 12 Derb Alaka

Dar Asam, 53 bis derb el cadi azbetz, Quartier Azbezt

Riad Nafis, 53-54 Ouled Ben Sebaa – Sidi Mimoun

Riad Ailen, 170 deb el mejjat

Dar Doukkala, 83 Arset Aouzal, Bab Doukkala

Riad Maizie, 95 Derb el Cadi, Azbezt

Riad Alamanda, 15, derb Jdid Dabachi, Medina

Riad Mariana, Derb El Boumba,

Riad Bayti Marrakech,35 Derb Saka, Bab Mellah

Riad Dar Nimbus, 40 Diour Jdad Zaouia, Sidi Bel Abbes

Riad Turquoise, 82 rue Touareg

Riad Dar Sbihi, 25, Derb Taht El-Khochba, Zaouia El-Abbassia

Riad Siwan, Zanka Adika No. 28, Riad Zitoun Jdid

Riad des Droles, Derb dabachi, Derb Jdid 23, Medina

Riad Cannelle, 10, Derd Sidi Ben Said N10

Riad Azzar, 94, Derb Moulay Abdelkader – Medina

Riad Opera, 1, Derb Bouceta Sghir, Kaât Ben Nahïd – Médina

Riad Zouina, 43, Rue Sidi Yamani – El Mouassine

Riad Sophia, 23 derb el Farrane, Riad Laarouss

Les Cinq Djellabas, Douar al Gribate, Annakhil, BP 12 517

Riad Dar Othmane, 198, Derb Essakaya – Issebtyine- Medina

The Red House, Avenue El Yarmouk, Hivernage

Riad Palmier, 22 Derb Berrima Touareg, Quartier du Mellah

Riad Chamali, 49, Derb Zemrane – Quartier Berrima, Médina

Riad Mandalay, 59 Derb Harbil, Kasbah

Dar Titrit, 7 derb Assabane Riad Laarouss, Medina

El Miria Palais Riad, Ouahat Sidi Brahim, Bellaguide-Palmeraie

Dar Housnia, 2 Derb Lalla Azzouna, Kaat Benahid

Riad Elias, 6 Derb Noursial, Ben Salah

Dar Sholmes, 82 Derb Sidi M’Barek, Quartier Sidi Mimoun

Riad Flam, Riad Zitoune Jdid, 114, Derb Sidi Moussa

Riad Bahia Salam, 61 Avenue Hommane El Fatouaki, Arest Lamaach

Riad Merstane, 13 Derb El Merstane

Riad Sirocco, Km 15. Route de Targa

Riad de Vinci, 155 Ahmed Soussi Derb el Farran

Villa Amira et SPA, 78, rue Sakia El Hamra, Semlalia

Riad Isabel, 98 Derb Jedid, Bab Doukkala

Zaouia 44, 44 Taht Sour Sghir

Riad Cocoon, 10 bis Derb Cherif

Riad Due, Riad Laarousse

Riad Fawakay, 74 Derb El Cadi, Azbezt, Medina

Riad Armelle, 23 Derb l’Hotel, Bab Doukkala

Riad Adriana, 99, Derb Jdid, Bab Doukkala

Riad Kenzo, Riad Laarouss Derb Cinco no 4

Riad Mehdia, 70 Douar Graoua, Medina

Riad Basim, Derb Kbala 92, Kasbah

Dar Baraka Karam, 11 Derb Halfaoui, Bab Doukkala

Riad Al Mamoune, 140 Derb Aarjane

Riad Dar Selen, 8 Derb El Hammam, Bab Ailen

Riad Ma’ab, 23 Derb Chentouf, Riad Laarousse Medina

Riad L’Aziza, Derb Gnaoua, 9,  Quartier Ben Saleh

Riad HadikaMaria, Derb zemrane 37,  Soura

Riad Soumia,38 derb Lhabib el Magni, Riad zitoun jdid

Riad Mesc el Lil, 88 Derb Snane, Mouassine

Villa Dinari, Alpha 41, Lots Bouazaoui, Commune al Ouidane

Riad Anya, Hay Sidi Mimoun, Derb Sidi Mbarek 149

Riad Nadir Home, 8, Derb Bel Bekkar Zaouiat Lahdar

Villa Abalya, Domaine Jnan Zeitoun, Rte de Ouarzazate

Riad Dar Maia, 31 Derb Zouina

Riad Dar Vima, Kaa Sour, 29,  Sidi Ben Slimane

Riad Puchka, 24 Derb Haddada, quartier Ben Saleh

Dar Alhambra, 33 Zaquiart Lahdar, Medina

Riad Dar Karma, 51, Derb El Mennabha, Kasbah

Riad Ta’achchaqa, 19 Derb Ouayhah, Sidi Abdelaziz

Riad Sheba, 35 derb Raouia Rmila (5m from BMCI Bank)

Riad Tawargit, 68, Derb Jdid Douar Graoua Bab Ghmat

Riad Couleurs du Sud, 229 Arset Ihiri, Arset Ben Brahim, Bab Doukala

Riad Douceur Mandarine, 10 derb blal riad zitoune jdid

Riad Miliana, 95 Derb Arrab Bab Aylen

Riad d’Airain Marrakech, 8 Derb el Hammam Bab Doukkala