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In the early 1960s, movie director David Lean was scouting for locations to shoot his upcoming movie Lawrence of Arabia when he learned about Ouarzazate. This large desert town, nestled at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, in southern Morocco had exotic scenery, clear skies and friendly locals, providing an attractive location for movies involving ancient, desert-based story lines. Lean eventually shot most part of the movie in Spain, but many key scenes were also shot in Jordan and in Ouarzazate, such as the massacre of the Turkish Army in the town of Tafas.

Over the last fifty years, countless movies and TV series have been shot in Morocco, and in Ouarzazate in particular. These include The Man Who Would Be King (1975), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Alexander (2004), Babel (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), 13 Hours (2016), and part of the TV series Game of Thrones and Prison Break, just to name a few.

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The fake gas station used in the movie “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006) now lying abandoned near the Moroccan town of Agadir. Photo credit: Gilbert Sopakuwa/Flickr

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