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The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI
(The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art)

Picasso , Lacroix , Cézanne and many other legends of the different movements of painting have made the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MM6) a temple of art and history!

The Mohammed VI Museum has now become a place that embraces different cultures in the form of paintings and sculptures.

The Museum's first steps:

The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI) presents four hundred works by Moroccan artists. It is the first independent museum in Morocco, dedicated to national modern art.

In 2014, the museum was inaugurated in Rabat by Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco after a decade of work 

Moreover, the choice of location was not random. Rabat was chosen because it is the capital of Morocco, a Unesco World Heritage Site (since 2012) and also an undying tourist destination.

A dreamlike visit to the heart of the museum:

The museum itself is a work of art designed by the architect,Karim Chakor, with a classically traditional Andalusian style and this will be the first thing that will capture your attention during your visit, once you go through the large entrance gate, you will find yourself in a spacious and bright corridor leading you to two floors. Each of them features an array of abstract and figurative works that will transport you to another dazzling dreamlike world covered in impressionist colors as well as intriguing figures of surrealist canvases. The pleasure will not only stop at your visual but your knowledge will also benefit as each work is accompanied by an explanatory card detailing the name of the artist, the date of the realization and the origin of the work.

As far as the basement is concerned, it houses pioneering and original art and above all works that express our African culture.

Some programs that have marked the history of the museum:
Rabat Biennale
(Rabat Biennale ,2019)
  • In 2019, the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art presented the exhibition "Goya to the Present: Looking at the Banco de Espa'a Collection" which represents one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Spain.
  • The travelling exhibition "Lumiere d'Afriques", already presented in 6 different countries, stopped in Rabat from 2 April until 15 August 2019 at the Mohammed Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
  • The first edition of the Rabat Biennale ran from September 24 to December 18, 2019. Called "A Moment Before the World," the event has taken over several cultural highlights.
An opportunity not to be missed!

So what are you waiting for? Book at Riad Zyo and enjoy its geographical location in the heart of Rabat and close to several historical sites, to mention La Kasbah des Oudayas, Le Chellah and the ancient medina as well as other places where magic works in broad daylight.

Riad Zyo will make your tourist dream a reality!

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In the heart of the ancient Medina of Rabat

old flap medina

As if by magic, there are places that have power over time, the power to stop it, to indulge you in the beauty and charm of the place and to guide you on a temporary and voluptuous journey.

The ancient Medina, the soul of Rabat has this mythical power.

Perfect geographical positioning:

The Rabat medina was founded in the 17th century south of the Bouregreg River so it is considered one of the most protected Medinas in Morocco. In addition to the many traditional souks, you can visit many places steeped in history such as the Kasbah des Oudayas built by the Almoravids, the ancient Jewish quarter of Mellah, the famous Chellah necropolis.

And what is fascinating is that none of the places that make up the Rabat medina have undergone any changes since their creation.

In 2012, the Medina district, formerly the city of Rabat, was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site

An idyllic walk in the old Medina:

A single street, Avenue Hassan ll, separates two different worlds and two totally opposite but intrinsically complementary and fusional atmospheres, in the heart of the medina, a Mediterranean atmosphere and traditional reign.

Leaving our sumptuous Riad zyo, you will go directly through Lagza Street, a colorful street teeming with small shops as well as old houses that bear witness to a rich and mysterious history.

The heart of the Medina continues to beat for an eternal past, by flanking the place, you will be magnetized by the smells of steams of the hammam and that of fresh mint mixed, which will lead you next to Ferran znaki (the oven of the alleys ) where you will stop naturally to taste the famous hot bread and buns that are part of Moroccan culinary culture.

Continuing your walk you will see the artistic workshops that distinguish the alleys of the Medina, besides you will notice the patience of these artists selling their works for little and listening politely to the remarks of people who never buy anything but who can spend hours criticizing their work .

And a few steps away, you will find yourself at the street of consuls which houses small workshops, thus allowing craftsmen to maintain their know-how and their art, where the shops compete with tricks of presentation .

It is also home to a few motels and kissariats housing leather workshops.

old flap medina

Towards the end of your day and on your way back to Ryad zyo, you will get lost in front of a magnificent array combining the colors of the craft slippers and spice stalls that line the streets as well as the sky that reddens with the sunset and invades Rabat in its entirety

This walk will be a memorable memory to tell your grandchildren!

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The Chellah or the witness necropolis

A haven for nature lovers and a must-see tourist destination for lovers of culture and history, Chellah or the Merinid Necropolis is a temple that brings together the history of many stories

Chellah or the flap witness:

The Chellah site was arguably the oldest human settlement at the mouth of the Bouregreg. This majestic monument preserves the remains of an ancient Roman city.

This historic site was abandoned since 1154, until the Merinids chose it to build their necropolis. The work was completed in 1339, under the reign of Abû al-Hasan 'Alî.

Inscribed since 2012 on the Unesco World Heritage List, Chellah is a historic site that deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime.

A walk at the Chellah:

A few steps from the city centre of Rabat, the din of passers-by and merchants, the noise of cars that do not leave the roads, lies a legendary wonder that obscures the secrets of several generations, and this wonder is the site of Chellah.    

You can't visit Rabat without being magnetized by the architecture and the sibyllin aspect of this place, after passing through a lavish gate and ochre walls erected by Sultan Abu al-Hassan Ali, you will find yourself quickly on a long path lined with trees and flooded with radiant colors filling the places of exaltation and joy, a garden of 80 species of plants , as well as archaeological remains dating from the Roman presence.

A landscape that can be the subject of an impressionist painting.

And then there is the slamming of the beaks of the sedentary storks that accompanies you throughout the walk rocking your soul and replaying the same euphonic melodies of yesteryear by vowing never to leave the place.

Besides, they make you want to never leave them too!

A musical corner:

For tourists, the highlight would be to make a trip to Rabat in September in order to come across the famous Jazz festival at Chellah, each year, for five days, ten concerts are offered to the public bringing together artists from various countries of the European Union and Moroccan musicians.

So what are you waiting for? Book now at Riad Zyo to enjoy its geographical location in the heart of Rabat, surrounded by the historical wonders of this city, to mention the Kasbah des Oudayas, the ancient Medina and others, its art gallery, and also its vernacular and traditional architecture that will make you dive into the heart of Moroccan culture.

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Kasbah des Oudayas: The immortality of Rabat

Kasbah des oudayas , Rabat

A universe in the arms of another, such is the last legacy of the Almoravids who still inhabits our city, Rabat , a surprisingly charming capital that is the setting of his country, Morocco.

The Kasbah des Oudayas is a living cultural and historical amalgam that is worth a visit!

The kasbah of the oudayas in the past

History was written in the 13th century: the Kasbah was to serve as a base for moroccan armies that were going to conquer Andalusia at the time, and the name of the city Rabat derives from Ribat, which was an established religious community that went to war against the "Infidles".

In 1818, the city adopted the name Rabat after the renunciation of the race of Sultan Moulay Slimane.

In 2012, the Kasbah was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

A walk in the heart of the Kasbah

Strolling on the Kasbah, we are first greeted by the imposing Bab Al Kebir gate, a marvel that transports us directly into Andalusian culture with its massive walls and wrought iron.

This sumptuous architecture is now the last witness of another life in the same place.

View of Moor's Coffee
(Café Maure, Rabat)

However, we cannot afford to talk about the Kasbah des Oudayas without mentioning the narrow alleys that smell like the leather of the slippers and the sweet tea of the mixed Moor coffee, besides we are obliged to stop for a moment to enjoy the famous mint tea by indulging in the silences of the place as well as the stunning view overlooking the Ouedreg Bourg , the surrounding area of Salé and the sumptuous Hassan Tower.

Lane at La Kasbah des Oudayas
(Lane in La Kasbah des Oudayas , Rabat)

Houses painted in white and blue that evoke Ancient Greece, terracotta vases everywhere scattered, vernacular and traditional riads that combine "art, modernity and culture", sea salt and morning fog that makes you dream in broad daylight and especially the lively locals who communicate their joy of living in passing, a place of escape for tourists and a cultural point of operation for tourists!

Rabat or the must-see destination
Craft slippers,Rabat

This historic temple is a haven for young artists, an inspiration for grown-ups, a must-see travel destination for tourists and a voluptuous place to visit at least once in a lifetime.

The Kasbah of the Oudayas is concrete proof that art and war can go hand in hand and our dear Rabat remains a witness to this immortality

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The design of the Zyo Rabat riad

What I wanted was to create in Rabat, a Riad of the 21st century, that is to say a Riad drawing its origins from the Roman and Arab-Andalusian past of the city of Rabat and at the same time show our future guests all the modernity of design and the creations of young Moroccan artists.

Ali Chraibi

Riad Zyo Rabat


The choice of Rabat to create a hotel may be surprising. A
s well as being an imperial city, Rabat is not overrun with tourists.

I hesitated between a small classic hotel in downtown Rabat, a fashionable boutique hotel or a hotel on one of Rabat's many beaches on the Atlant
ic. I quickly opt for a Riad
. A Riad is a traditional urban mansion built around a central patio inspired by the atrium of Ancient Rome.

The city of Rabat has this peculiarity of having several medinas: that of Salé to the left of the bouregreg river, that of the kasbah of the oudayas, and finally that of the ancient city of Rabat whose streets are wider than those of the other medinas.


I spare you my long, difficult and time-consuming search,
one evening in November, I fell in love with the old post office of the medina of Rabat; this easy-to-access building on the main avenue of downtown Rabat had the peculiarity of being full of light.


Moreover, the building had no historical interest which allowed me to imagine an original building.


What I wanted was to create in Rabat, a Riad of the 21st century, that is to say a Riad drawing its origins from the Roman and Arab-Andalusian past of the city of Rabat and at the same time show our future guests all the modernity of design and the creations of young Moroccan artists.


Not being a native of Rabat myself (my family is from Fez) I tried to understand my attraction to this city and it is some notions of history that brought them to me: Imagine that
in 1515 Rabat is a town with less than a hundred inhabited houses. At the beginning of the
17th century, following the enactment of the decree of expulsion of the Morisks by King Philip III of Spain, 13,000 members of this community found refuge in Rabat, thus contributing to the revitalization of the city. A period of prosperity ensued, thanks in particular to the maritime race, the main activity of the region at the mouth of the Bouregreg during the next two centuries. The priv
ateers of Rabat ventured far into the Atlantic Ocean sometimes as far as Iceland and as far as Newfoundland off present-day Canada.As evidenced by the
adventures of Robinson Crusoe , captive of the privateers of Rabat.This Andalusi
an heritage contributes to the formation of a social group based on community affiliation, different from the tribal model then widespread in Morocco.The name
of the street where the Riado is located is the Riado , the Hispanic surname of one of his families.

These cultural elements constitute an identity unique to the city of Rabat and I wanted to tell this story by creating the p
lace. Today, Rabat is a modern capital, eco-responsible, which gives pride of place to green spaces. Parks line it up, such as the Botanical Test Garden or the exotic gardens of Bouknadel.

From there, the design of the house begins with that of the gardens.


Alexi Bertin, landscaper had the idea of a palm grove suspended on the first floor, illuminating all the rooms and a landscaped garden on the terrace overlooking the medina.

Riad Zyo Rabat Rooftp

The Architect, Amine Raiss has created traditional spaces around this garden while giving the touch of modernity of a boutique hotel.

Riad Zyo Rabat
The Zyo Rabat riad today

In 2012, the Riad Zyo Rabat is finally ready. In the same year, Rabat was declared a UNESCO World He
ritage Site. In 2013, CNN's top tourist destinations In Rabat held second place.

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The genesis of the Zyo riad

Riad ZYO

One evening, during a dinner in the city, came the silence that all the mistresses of the house dread. Our host then threw this innocuous phrase: and you, have you fulfilled your childhood dre
ams? Everyone was pleased to have
made it. After much thought, I was the only one to say no: I wanted to become a concierge in
a hotel. A general burst of laughter and everyone believ
ed in a joke. The idea continued to trotter in my head and the more time passed, the more the desire to create a place or receive

others tempted me. The city was chosen; it would be Rabat, the little-know
n capital of Morocco.I have always loved this enigmatic,
quiet and green city. Of course, an installed doctor who creates a hotel might elicit some criticism but

I would ignore it. During my research, I quickly fell in love with the old post office of the medina. The bright and clear place allowed me to create a charming house with a human dimensi

on. I embarked on the project with the enthusiasm of the neophyte and had great difficulty in getting the idea of a traditional house stripped with few classical decorative elements ac

cepted. I thought for a long time that hospitality was an easy job; I quickly disillusioned and discovered that as medicine it is a difficult job, requiring a presence and availability at all times.

Fortunately, a team of young, enthusiastic and naturally hospitable allowed me to receive people from all over the world and to be able to introduce them to Morocco and Rabat in all their glory.

My joy today are long evening discussions around a fireplace with guests coming from Asia, the other from the United States, the third in Europe and discover so many affinities between each other. Of cour

se, I am delighted when, at the time of departure, people thank us and tell us that they had a good time with us and promise to come back very quickly. So

yes now, I have now fulfilled my childhood dream: the world comes to me. A

li Chraibi