Kenitra 2003

All the photographs on this page and it's links were contributed by Mr. Abdallah Essadiq. Mr. Essadiq is a native of Port Lyautey who left Morocco in the 1970's to come to the USA. His first job was as a waiter; two years later he opened up his first restaurant in Syracuse, NY and eventually owned six of them between New York and Maryland. In 1990 he attained (and in his own words) "the tremendous privilege of becoming a United States citizen". He has since moved back to Rabat where he is a partner with MTDS, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the owner of a computer company called Outre Mer and a hotel in Kenitra.

Mr. Essadiq mailed to this website two CD-Roms containing five photographs from the late 1950's and early 1960's and over 143 photographs of Kenitra today. Many of the photographs are duplicates shot from different angles and/or distances and as such, not all will be posted. The photographs are exclusively of modern day Kenitra and only the out-skirts of the former Naval base. Because the base is now a Moroccan Air Force base, it is off limits to civilian personnel.

Needless to say, this website is grateful for Mr. Essadiq's contributions of photographs, the time he spent taking and digitizing them and the final copying to CD-Roms. We are also grateful for the comment he writes at the end of all his e-mails, "God Bless America".

Photographs from the late 1950's and early 1960's.

The above photograph shows individuals that many American servicemen would have known in the late 50's and early 60's. It is the staff of the Mamora Hotel in Kenitra. From left to right, Mrs. Nouni who managed the Mamora Hotel before marrying a serviceman. Mrs. Nouni has resided in California since the 1960's. The second lady was the Hotel secretary. The gentlemen in the rear has been the bell man from 1957 until this date. The gentlemen to the right is Mr. Ahmed Essadiq, the deceased father of Abdallah Essadiq, who was the owner and operator of the Mamora Hotel until 1992. Mr. Essadiq befriended many Americans and visited the United States on numerous occasions.

The King of Morocco (left), Mohammed V speaking with one of his subjects in 1957. The King led the fight for independence against France and the defeat of french military forces in Morocco.

Mehdia Beach in the early 1960's

Bridge and Sebou River, mid 1950's

Photographs from 2003

The offices of MTDS, Internet Headquarters.

The formal announcement and inauguration of the establishment of MTDS. From left to right seated, Mr. Abdallah Essadiq the contributor of all these photographs, The US Director of the Chamber of Commerce, The US Economic Advisor, The US Counsel and the Governor of Kenitra.

Mr. Essadiq was kind enough to send the above photograph of he and his family on a recent vacation (April 2003) in the desert country riding on, "as he described them", the family cadillacs.

Please click on the book to go to modern day Kenitra, on the next page.