If you were looking through any list of Marrakech attractions and you came across a place called Cyber Park, you would be forgiven for assuming that it must be some sort of Silicon Valley styled attraction. In truth, however, Cyber Park and Silicon Valley have absolutely nothing in common, apart from a few influential touches, such as free WiFi, fully connected broadband networks, and a number of interactive terminals where visitors can learn about the history of telecommunication.
It would be fair to say that Cyber Park is the best-maintained garden area in all of Marrakech. From the moment you step through the gate, you are immediately surrounded by a world of peace and serenity; a world where the air is filled with the delicate scent of a million flowers and the sweet sound of birds singing in the trees.
Cyber Park is very popular among the locals of Marrakech when they want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and especially in the late afternoon when they want to enjoy a relaxing stroll in the heart of nature.
A Brief History of Cyber Park
Cyber Park, which to the locals is known as Arsat Moulay Abdeslam Cyber Park, is a vast botanical garden that was initially created during the 18th century on the orders of Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah who in turn gave it to his son Prince Moulay Abdeslam as a wedding gift.
At the time of its creation it was just as magnificent as it is today, but as the years passed slowly by, this huge expanse of garden began deteriorate.
In fact, many people believe that if the garden had not been refurbished and renovated in 2005, it would almost surely have disappeared altogether. Fortunately, in 2005, Maroc Telecom and the Mohammed VI Foundation for the protection of the environment, made a deal to save the garden from total destruction.
Maroc Telecom, which is Marocco’s largest telecommunication company, agreed to refurbish the site and to enhance it in a number of ways.
The company also agreed to take on the responsibility of maintaining the site in exchange for commercial rights which would allow the company to generate some revenue in certain parts of the garden, such as the cyber café.
Despite the extensive renovations, great care was taken in order to retain the site’s original style and ambience.
Today, Cyber Park is essentially an ongoing experiment that involves bringing the past, present and future all together in a single beautiful environment.
What to Expect When You Visit Cyber Park
Considering that Cyber Park covers an area of around 8 or 9 hector, visitors can be sure there is plenty to see, including a nice telecommunications museum located in the main entrance.
Visitors should also make a point of visiting the magnificent rose garden. Visitors should also visit some of the interactive kiosks which provide plenty of educational content concerning various themes, such as tourist and cultural activities in Marrakech; sustainable development; environmental protection, and etc.
There is also a very pleasant reading corner providing ample shade and comfortable benches where visitors can sit and read, or simply take in their surroundings. The park also regularly hosts cultural exhibitions and shows.
Unlike many other tourist attractions in Marrakech, Cyber Park has been renovated in such a way so that it can also be visited and enjoyed by people with impaired mobility.
In fact, impaired mobility access at the park is in line with the most stringent international standards, meaning that people who are confined to a wheelchair will experience no difficulty accessing any of the parks areas or facilities.
In line with the park’s overall theme, all garden waste is collected and converted into compost which is then put to use in the gardens again.
Many of the lights and illuminated signs are also powered by solar power to further reduce any environmental impact. In short, Cyber Park is all about being as echo-friendly as possible, while at the same time encouraging the development of technology.
Cyber Park is open to the public from 09h00 to 19h00 every day, so if you ever start feeling a little bit overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the city, make your way to this fabulous enclave and leave the world as you know it behind you.
Explore the Best of Morocco Your Way!
Despite being such a wonderful place to visit, you won’t see Cyber Park featured in many Morocco tour packages.
However, all of our classic Egypt and Morocco tours can be customized and amended to meet your own exact needs, so if you would like Cyber Park to be added to your preferred itinerary, simply let one of our tour managers know and they will be more than happy to help.
After all, it is your holiday, and we want it to be a holiday you will never forget.