Ouarzazate was a simple crossing point for African merchants moving to northern Morocco and Europe. Because it is situated on the opposite side of the high Atlas Mountains to the southeast, this city is regarded as the “Gateway to the Sahara.” This area is known as Hamada by the Berbers and nomads that reside in these Moroccan areas. Hamada means “desert scrubland.” The word “Ouarzazate” means “noiseless” in Tamazight, suggesting the region’s remoteness and calm. Furthermore, it is Morocco’s cinema center, owing to its well-known film studios.
Because of its breathtaking views of ancient architectural mud-brick Kasbahs and surroundings, Ouarzazate, with its historic Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, was selected as the perfect location for Hollywood film production. Here, scenes from Game of Thrones, Gladiator, and other films were filmed. Furthermore, mountains and valleys with amazing windswept formations roll, hiding palm groves, and breathtaking panoramas, making it one of the most worthwhile places to visit. Furthermore, the city is a typical shopping destination, with an abundance of souks, souvenir stores, cooperatives, and markets. In addition, the world’s biggest solar power facility, located in Ouarzazate, towers above the desert.