‘Mother of the Emirates’ Affected by Land Expropriation for Morocco’s High-Speed Rail Project

When it comes to public utility, the law spares no one, regardless of their rank, especially when it involves a strategic project for Morocco such as the Kenitra-Marrakech high-speed rail line.

For the land needs of this high-speed line, the authorities have decided to expropriate several plots of land located in the Oued Cherrat commune in the Benslimane province between kilometer points 270-352 and 280-500.

Among the dozens of individuals and entities affected by this expropriation is Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi, the widow of the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed, and the mother of the current President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. According to official documents consulted by Maghreb-Intelligence, it involves three agricultural land plots with some constructions on them.

Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi was the third wife of the late Sheikh Zayed, whom she married in 1960 when he was still the governor of Al Ain.

A highly respected woman in the Emirates and elsewhere, Fatima bint Mubarak Al Ketbi is nicknamed “Umm Al Emarat” (Mother of the Emirates). A true scholar, she has been and remains active in charitable and community work, especially regarding issues related to women and children.

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