Oued Ed-Dahab Day in Morocco in 2021

Oued Ed-Dahab Day in Morocco in 2021
Ocean shoreline in Dakhla. Dakhla, Western Sahara, Morocco. Image via Deposit Photos

  Dates of Oued Ed-Dahab Day in Morocco
2022 Morocco Sun, Aug 14 National Holiday
2021 Morocco Sat, Aug 14 National Holiday
2020 Morocco Fri, Aug 14 National Holiday
2019 Morocco Wed, Aug 14 National Holiday
2018 Morocco Tue, Aug 14 National Holiday
  Summary
Commemorates the return of the Oued Eddahab region to Morocco from Mauritania in 1979

When is Oued Ed-Dahab Day?

Oued Ed-Dahab Day (Fête Oued Eddahab) is a national holiday in Morocco observed on August 14th each year.

Also known as Allegiance Day, this holiday commemorates the return of the Oued Ed-Dahab region to Morocco from Mauritania on this day in 1979

History of Oued Ed-Dahab Day

Oued Ed-Dahab is the most southerly of Morocco's 16 provinces. It lies in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, which had been occupied by Spain since 1884. In 1975, the Madrid accords divided control of Western Sahara between Morocco and Mauritania.

On Monday August 14th 1979, 360 tribal leaders and clerics from Oued Ed-Dahab, visited Rabat, the Kingdom's capital to give the late King Hassan II their oath of allegiance. The oath was seen as a green light for Morocco to annex the region on behalf of the nation.

Despite the oath, the region of Western Sahara remains a disputed region with the United Nations and most countries not recognising Morocco's claim to sovereignty of the region.

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