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Riad

A traditional house with a garden planted in the courtyard is called "Riad", and if it is only a court maybe also with a fountain, it is known as "Dar". Since the word "Riad" is the epitome of every tourist, who wants to experience the oriental flair, the word "Dar" in the names of the houses is rarely used, even if it were correct, and sometimes even mistakenly the double description Riad Dar XY is used. The courtyard is the defining element of the Muslim house. In North Africa the Muslims were inspired by the Roman atrium house, which corresponded to the closure to the outside throughout the Muslim demand for a secure family life. The windows open onto the patios and not to the street, the houses could be lined with a row like a honeycomb, as though the idea of the tribal community also realized in the city life.

Since the early 1990s increasingly riads and palaces have been sold to foreigners. They have renovated the old houses and partly furnished very luxurious guesthouses, which represent an increasing competition - in many cases without a license - for the regular hotels. In total have been sold to foreigners according to the estimates of an expert in Marrakech in the last 15 years 19 000 town houses, villas, apartments or land. Therefore, of course, prices also increased immeasurably. The possession of a riad in Marrakech has now become a status symbol, since the city offers pure exoticism, a fascinating panorama from the sometimes snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas and year round sunshine and little rainfall. In addition, the city can be reached in just a few hours flight from Europe.

One of the first to discover Marrakech for himself, was the French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The designer bought the cobalt blue studio and the succulent garden of the French painter Majorelle. In recent times, for example, took the British top model Naomi Campbell, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Isabelle Adjani and Jean-Pierre Cartier, a holiday home in Marrakech. And recently even Hollywood's Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have acquired an oriental fairy tale palace.