October 12

RAM to be Official Carrier for Senegal’s Annual Magal of Touba…

Rabat- Royal Air Maroc has signed an agreement with the Senegalese city of Touba to make RAM the official carrier for the Grand Magal of Touba pilgrimage.Morocco’s flag carrier signed the agreement with the Senegalese municipality on Tuesday.  The annual Magal of Touba religious pilgrimage, organized by the Mouride community of Senegal, will take place October 26-27.The agreement, which is renewable for one year, was signed by RAM Commercial Director Abdelghani El Aissoug and Touba Mayor Abdelahad Ka. RAM wants to reduce the cost of flights to Dakar for Senegalese residing abroad who wish to participate in the event.Read Also: Benchaaboun: Morocco Will Not Privatize ONCF, May Sell Maroc Telecom StakesThe agreement seeks to cover a 40 percent reduction in the cost of repatriating the bodies of Senegalese who have died abroad. RAM is also expected to offer 40 free tickets to the municipality of Touba.El Aissoug said that RAM is “proud of this convention that allows it to become the official carrier of such a large religious event (Magal de Touba).”,He said that the partnership reflects the exemplary relationship between Morocco and Senegal. He added that the company will “spare no effort to serve the Senegalese community abroad and facilitate its trip to Senegal, especially from Spain, France, the United States and Italy.”Magal of Touba is traditionally celebrated on the 18th of Safar, the second month in the Islamic calendar.Participants gather in the holy Mouride city of Touba to celebrate the teaching of Sheikh Amadou Bamba, the founder of the Senegalese Mouride Brotherhood.In 2011, over 3 million pilgrims gathered in Touba to celebrate the event.The annual pilgrimage dates back to 1928, the year after Bamba’s death. It commemorates his death his exile to Gabon by the French colonial government in 1895. read more