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Rabat: Inauguration of a new underground car park

Rabat has reinforced its underground car park with the inauguration of a new structure with a capacity of 240 places on two underground levels, for an estimated cost of 35 million MAD.

Inaugurated yesterday by the Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laâraj, the Wali of the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra region, Mohamed Mhidia, the President of the Rabat Municipal Council, Mohamed Sadiki, and the President of the Prefectural Council, Saâd Benmbarek. This new infrastructure to expand the parking offer in the city center is part of the integrated program for the development of the capital called “Rabat City Light, the Moroccan capital of culture.”

Beyond its vocation as a parking space, this parking adjacent to the National Theater Mohammed V will help promote the cultural animation of the center of Rabat by the layout of the overlooking square, nicknamed “Esplanade Place des Arts”.

The 7,400 m² project reflects the ambition to implement large-scale programs likely to improve the attractiveness and strengthen the tourist and cultural vocation of the agglomeration. Thanks to its modern facilities, the car park meets international standards for parking and security and offers a range of quality services including reserved spaces, ramps for disabled people and lifts.

In a statement, Laâraj pointed out that the project which required a budget of 35 million MAD, is located in a modern and secure in the center of Rabat, alongside a number of institutions and cultural spaces, led by the Mohammed V National Theater in order to provide citizens with easy access to cultural activities.

For its part, Sadiki said that the reinforcement of this kind of infrastructure in the capital will improve the circulation and the conditions of access of the citizens to the different services by allowing them to park their vehicles, without great sorrow, noting that this car park has natural lighting.

He also said that the city of Rabat will soon be equipped with additional parking in the old medina, especially in the Bab Chellah, Bab El Had and Bab Laâlou, a capacity of more than 500 seats.

For his part, the chairman of the Board of Directors of the local development company “Rabat Parking”, Saâd Benmbarek said that this underground parking tends to thin the traffic, to facilitate the parking and to offer solid infrastructures which accompany the evolution that the city of Rabat is experiencing. It is also, he says, to encourage road users to access underground car parks and to overcome the difficulties of mobility and travel due to congestion traffic.

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