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Ouarzazate is a city in southern-central Morocco, bordered by the Sahara Desert and the Atlas Mountains. Due to its entrace location to the Sahara, it is sometimes nicknamed "Door to the Desert."

Since ancient times, the city has been a stopping point for merchants and travellers en route to northern Morocco and Europe. Its name is derived from a Berber phrase that means "without noise."

Today, Ouarzazate is best known for its ancient citdal, which draws in not only tourism but filming contracts with major movie production companies. The town is also notable for its location at the beginning of the Sahara, its carpets, and rich culture.

People Born in Ouarzazate


Ouarzazate in People's Lives

Jake Gyllenhaal: I traveled here in 2009 to film scenes of the movie Prince of Persia

Jared Leto: I traveled here in 2003 to film scenes of the movie Alexander

Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 2004 to film scenes of the movie Kingdom of Heaven

Orlando BloomI filmed scenes of the movie Kingdom of Heaven here in 2004. While here, I also adopted a stray Saluki-mix dog.

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