After a very quiet Ramadan and September, the shopkeepers in the Medina of Fez are heaving a sigh of relief. Mustapha, a tea-house owner, says, "Al Humdullilah! The tourists are back!"
There are smiles on faces right across the Medina. Even the very slow property market is picking up, with sales to French and English buyers either signed and sealed, or awaiting completion. "It has been slow," one real estate agent told The View from Fez, "but things are picking up again."
Restoration and renovation work is also continuing. While one English couple were complaining of the inevitable delays that are part of the process, Nordeen a London based Algerian, is very happy that the work on his new guesthouse is making progress, "It takes time, but then I expected that," he said.
The return of large tour groups, while causing congestion in some parts of the Medina, is good news for everyone. The trickle-down effect means that many people, other than just the tour companies and riad owners, benefit. Small shops, fruit and vegetable sellers and shoe cleaners are all reporting an upturn in business.
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From the colder climes of Scotland, Donald McKay was not complaining about the heat. "The weather is fantastic - slightly hotter than home. And what an experience getting lost in the Medina." Like Rebecca, he says he will be back again.
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