His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, celebrates on August 21, his 52nd birthday.
Mohammed VI became monarch on July 23rd, 1999, following the death of his father. He has since initiated major political and economic reforms that has helped attract world class investments to the country.
Since his accession to the throne, he has been praised by the international community for advancing his country and fighting poverty. Under his guidance, Morocco has become a top travel destination. Total number of tourists visiting went from 3 millions in 2000 to reach almost 10 millions in 2010, and is expected to reach 18 millions by 2020.
Another major reform initiated by his Majesty is the Mudawana, the family code, granting more rights to women.
King Mohammed VI married Lalla Salma, a computer engineer, on July 12th 2002, in Rabat. They have two children, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan (b. 2003) and Princess Lalla Khadija (b.2007).
August 21, is a public holiday in Morocco, also referred to as Youth Day. It is usually celebrated with events aimed at encouraging youth to participate in their communities like presentations of social projects, public speeches, sports events, celebrations and other.