Meknes is a town in northern Morocco founded in the 11th century by the Almoravid dynasty. It is the former capital of the administrative region of Meknes-Tafilalet and currently one of the two urban poles of the Fez-Meknes region in the north of the country. It is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco and the sixth largest city of the kingdom according to the census of 20142. It became the capital of Morocco during the reign of Ismail ben Cherif (1672-1727). The historic city of Meknes has been under the protection of UNESCO since 1996.

The city of Meknes derives its name from the Berber tribe of the Meknassa, itself named after the Berber “Ameknas”, meaning « warrior » or « fighter »

Meknes is mostly a tourist city. In recent years, the hotel infrastructure has grown rapidly, as well as that of traditional guest houses called “riads”. The city is well known for its rich craftsmanship, whose know-how is jealously guarded and transmitted from generation to generation. Meknes is also rich in developed agriculture.