The Friends of Casablanca

Club Home Page Click here to edit it. You might know the romantic movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart the great US actor and Ingrid Bergmann the beautiful Swedish icon...What else? The modern Casablanca was born around 1770, after the earthquake which had destroyed the Portuguese installation of Casa Branca (branco in Portuguese is white). It was invented by the sultan Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah, known as Mohammed III, who named it Dar el-Beida (in Arab, white house). The Casablanca place name has been imposed by the Spanish merchants who had made it their own trade port. In the XIX century the village slowly becomes a city with a population of 8.000 inhabitants in 1860, 20.000 in 1907, 25.000 in 1912, during the French protectorate. Casablanca lives a period of intense architectonic and demographic development: in 1930 the inhabitants are 106.000; when French people leave, in 1956, they are more than half a million. Then they go up from two millions in 1985 , to three millions in 1995; at present they are more than four millions, suburbs included. Courtesy of Wikipedia Casablanca (Spanish for "whitehouse" {Casa = House, blanca = white} ; Berber: Anfa; Standard Arabic: الدار البيضاء; Moroccan Arabic: dar beïda) is a city in western Morocco, located on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Greater Casablanca region. With a population of 3.1 million (3.85 million in the "greater Casablanca" (September 2005 census, unofficially up to 6 million according to inhabitants), Casablanca is Morocco's largest city as well as its chief port. It's also the biggest city in the Maghreb and the sixth biggest city in the entire continent of Africa. With a majority of the modern economic sector being based in the Casablanca region, and the Casablanca area being dominant in industrial and service sector activity, it is often and justifiably referred to as the economic capital, although Morocco's political capital is Rabat. It is also the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy. Casablanca is the leading city hosting headquarters and main industrial facilities for the leading Moroccan and international companies based in Morocco. Industrial statistics show Casablanca retains its historic position as the main industrial zone of the country. The Port of Casablanca is considered as Morocco's chief port and as one of the largest artificial ports in the world. It is also the largest port of the Maghreb and North Africa. People born in Casablanca Zakaria Aboub - Moroccan footballer. Karim Alami - Moroccan Tennis player. Shlomo Amar - Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel. Amine - French-Moroccan songwriter. Hicham Arazi - Moroccan Tennis player. Salaheddine Bassir - Moroccan footballer. Larbi Benbarek - Moroccan footballer. Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes - French footballer. Merieme Chadid - Moroccan astronomer. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac - French fashion designer. Gad Elmaleh - French-Moroccan comedian. Nawal El Moutawakel - Olympic champion. Sofia Essaïdi - French-Moroccan songwriter. Guy Forget - French Tennis player. Imad Kotbi - Moroccan radio presenter. Laïla Marrakchi - Moroccan film director. Hicham Mesbahi - Moroccan boxer. Noureddine Naybet - Moroccan footballer. Mostafa Nissaboury - Moroccan poet. Hakim Noury - Moroccan film director. Maurice Ohana - French composer. Jean Reno - French Hollywood actor. Alain Souchon - French songwriter. Sidney Taurel - Naturalized American CEO of Eli Lilly and Company from 1998 to 2008 Richard Virenque - French cyclist. Abdallah Zrika - Moroccan poet. The Friend of Casablanca Shall... Increase Ecademists population here... Serve as a platform for Global Ecademists exchanges... Facilitate life of Ecademists Expats and their families... Promote BlackStar Meetings Casablanca 2008...Cairo 2009...And Cape Town 2010 Click...Check this up! We support following clubs! Shall we support yours? Please have a talk with me Mustapha Amnay Bouga! How to use Your club... Vertical bar mainly - Forum: Read the threads and participate now ! Click on "Post a new thread" and start one! - Comment Forum: use the text box at the end of each thread to add your comment there). - Forum categories: Messages posted in forum, organized by category. - Club members: Check who is Club member... - Club meetings: Next Club Meeting.. Most of all...Find friends...Make friends...Mean Business...Make Business and... Do Business! So...Powers On...Both! All Engines Running...Full Speed Ahead! Rise! Engage & Score. Now! Your Good is Better...Your Better is Blessed! Eddie Murphy-US Actor and Humorist The Friends of Casablanca is Our Space...We build it together and...Together...We are...Strong!