Qalaat MGouna (Moroccan Arabic: قلعة مݣونة, romanized: qəlʿət mguna) or Tighremt NImgunen (Berber languages: ⵜⵉⵖⵔⵎⵜ ⵏ ⵉⵎⴳⵓⵏⵏ) is a city in Tinghir Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. According to the 2019 census it has a population of 38,140. This town constitutes an economic and social center for the region, for its very animated nature. Kalaat M'Gouna is most known for the "Roses Festival" which takes place in the city every year in May.
قلعة مݣونة / ⵜⵉⵖⵔⵎⵜ ⵏ ⵉⵎⴳⵓⵏⵏ
Location in Morocco
Qalaat MGouna (Africa)
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Some of the neighbourhoods in Qalaat M'Gouna are Ait Aissi, R'kon, Elkelaa, Zawiyt nAguerd, Ait Baamran, Hay Annahda, Ait Boubker, Mirna, Taltnamart, and the center's districts. Many Douars surround the city but are not part of the municipality. These villages include Aït Sidi Boubker, Ifri, Zawiyt Elbir, Amdnagh, Sarghin, Timskelt, Ait Boukidour Tazzakht, and Tawrirt and Tasswit.
In this city, there are two major days of souk (market): Tuesday, only for livestock trade, and Wednesday for food and other goods.
The main high schools Al Woroud (Roses), which derives its name from the roses of the Valley of Dades and M'goun, and another high school named Moulay Baamrane, are downtown.
There is a factory for the distillery of roses, and production of rose water (l'eau de rose) and essential oils, and cosmetic products. One example of distillation units of roses in Kelaat M'gouna is named sté Florose.
The city is also known for its dancers who perform a dance called "Ahidouss", and its beautiful roses, hence its second name "The valley of the roses."
The Roses Festival takes place in Kelaat M'Gouna every year in May. It lasts 7 days to celebrate the season of roses in Dadès and M'Goun. In 2015, the number of visitors of the festival reached 300,000. During the festival, people from all over the world came to Kelaat M'Gouna to discover its beauty and its rose products that range from perfume, rose water, oil, to cosmetic products, and also to experience the warmth and the hospitality of its generous local people.
The festival is also an opportunity for the visitors to explore handicrafts and agricultural products of the region.