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Ibn Battuta
(Explorer, Scholar)
Ibn Battuta
24
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 24, 1304
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tangier, Morocco
Died: 1369 AD

Ibn Battuta was a Berber-Moroccan explorer and scholar who traveled extensively, visiting most of the Old World over a period of three decades. He is one of the most traveled explorers in history. After returning home, Ibn Battuta dictated an account of his journeys, which is simply referred to as The Rihla.

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French Montana
(Rapper Best Known for His Single 'Unforgettable')
French Montana
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Moroccan-American rapper French Montana is best known for his tracks Unforgettable and Choppa Choppa Down. He was initially an independent artist and founded Coke Boys Records and Cocaine City Records. He later joined the labels of Puff Daddy and Rick Ross. He is also known for dating Khloe Kardashian.

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Pokimane
(Gamer)
Pokimane
48
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: May 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morocco

Pokimane is an award-winning Twitch streamer and an important member of an online social entertainment group called OfflineTV. An inspiration to gamers across the world, Pokimane is part of an online gaming revolution which is likely to have a major impact in future. Her popularity as a Twitch streamer and YouTuber earned her a cameo in the film Free Guy.

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Achraf Hakimi
(Footballer right wing-back or right-back posiition)
Achraf Hakimi
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Hakim Ziyech
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder or Winger)
Hakim Ziyech
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 19, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dronten, Netherlands
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Badr Hari
(Moroccan-Dutch Heavyweight Kickboxer)
Badr Hari
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Moroccan-Dutch kickboxer Badr Hari, also known as Bad Boy and The Golden Boy, has won the K-1 Heavyweight and Showtime Heavyweight championships. He represented the Netherlands until his loss to Stefan Leko, after which he began playing for Morocco, due to aggressive criticism from his Dutch fans.

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Mohammed VI of Morocco
(King of Morocco (Since 1999))
Mohammed VI of Morocco
6
Birthdate: August 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco

Mohammed VI of Morocco is the present King of Morocco. He ascended to the throne in 1999. His father was King Hassan II. Hailing from the Alaouite dynasty, Mohammed VI well-educated man with a Ph.D. in law with distinction. It is alleged that corruption is rampant in his court, and he is criticized for his extravagant lifestyle.  

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Sofia Pernas
(Actress)
Sofia Pernas
4
Birthdate: July 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
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Medhi Benatia
(Football player)
Medhi Benatia
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Courcouronnes, Évry-Courcouronnes, France
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Hicham El Guerrouj
(One of the Greatest Middle-Distance Runners in History)
Hicham El Guerrouj
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkane, Morocco

Moroccan former middle-distance runner Hicham El Guerrouj is a four-time 1500m world champion. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador became the second athlete to win both the 1500m and 5000m titles in the same Olympics. He won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year thrice and holds many indoor and outdoor records.

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Faouzia
(Singer-songwriter)
Faouzia
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
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Jamel Debbouze
0
Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Moncef Slaoui
(Moroccan-Born Belgian-American Scientist Who Led Operation Warp Speed)
Moncef Slaoui
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Birthdate: July 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Agadir, Morocco

Moroccan-born scientist Moncef Slaoui completed his doctoral studies in Belgium and the moved to the US for further research at Harvard. In his career of almost 3 decades at GlaxoSmithKline, he oversaw the development of many vaccines. He later headed Operation Warp Speed, the US government’s initiative to develop COVID-19 vaccines.

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RedOne
(Number One Producer on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2009 and Songwriter)
RedOne
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tetouan, Morocco

RedOne is a Moroccan-Swedish record producer, singer, songwriter, and record executive. He is credited with founding his own record label, RedOne Records. Over the years, he has collaborated with popular personalities like Lady Gaga, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez among many other high-profile artists. He has several prestigious awards under his belt, including three Grammy Awards.

Hassan II of Morocco
3
Birthdate: July 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
Died: July 23, 1999
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Michel Qissi
(Belgian Moroccan Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Tong Po’ in the Film ‘Kickboxer’)
Michel Qissi
2
Birthdate: September 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oujda, Morocco

Michel Qissi is a Moroccan-Belgian actor who achieved fame for his portrayal of Tong Po in the popular 1989 American martial arts film, Kickboxer. An exponent of boxing, Shōtōkan Karate, kickboxing, and Muay Thai, Qissi is known for his collaboration with Jean-Claude van Damme, whom he befriended at an early age.

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Gad Elmaleh
(Stand-up Comedian and Actor)
Gad Elmaleh
5
Birthdate: April 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Gad Elmaleh is a Moroccan-Canadian stand-up comedian and actor. He studied drama at Cours Florent under the tutelage of prominent coach Isabelle Nanty. He began his career with one-man shows and eventually ventured into TV and cinema as well. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 

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Saad Lamjarred
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
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Nathalie Delon
1
Birthdate: August 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oujda, Morocco
Died: January 21, 2021
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Sofiane Boufal
(Footballer)
Sofiane Boufal
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Nordin Amrabat
(Dutch-Born Moroccan Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Nordin Amrabat
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 31, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naarden, Netherlands
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Younès Belhanda
(French-Moroccan Footballer)
Younès Belhanda
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Avignon
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Romain Saïss
(Footballer)
Romain Saïss
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bourg-de-Péage
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Mohammed V of Morocco
(Sultan of Morocco)
Mohammed V of Morocco
1
Birthdate: August 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fes, Morocco
Died: February 26, 1961
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Yassine Bounou
(Football Goalkeeper)
Yassine Bounou
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
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Nacer Chadli
(Belgian Footballer Who Plays as a Winger)
Nacer Chadli
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
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Ismail Ibn Sharif
0
Birthdate: 1645 AD
Birthplace: Rissani, Morocco
Died: March 22, 1727
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Lartiste
(Singer)
Lartiste
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marrakesh, Morocco
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Jamal Ben Saddik
(Moroccan-Belgian Professional Kickboxer)
Jamal Ben Saddik
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
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Nabil Dirar
(Moroccan Football Winger)
Nabil Dirar
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Moroccan footballer Nabil Dirar, who plays as a winger, moved to Belgium as a teenager and started his senior football career with the Belgian club Diegem Sport. Though he wished to represent the Belgian national team, he was ineligible due to his participation in the Morocco U23 team.

Moulay Hassan, Crown Prince of Morocco
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 2003
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Rabat, Rabat, Morocco
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Mordechai Vanunu
(Technician)
Mordechai Vanunu
1
Birthdate: October 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marrakech

Mordechai Vanunu is an Israeli peace activist and former nuclear technician. In 1986, he revealed details of Israel's nuclear weapons program to the British press and was subsequently imprisoned for 18 years. Internationally, he is known as a whistle-blower, while in Israel, he is considered a traitor. He was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1987.   

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Leila Slimani
(Journalist)
Leila Slimani
2
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
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Noussair Mazraoui
(Footballer right back)
Noussair Mazraoui
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leiderdorp, Netherlands
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Mbark Boussoufa
(Association football player)
Mbark Boussoufa
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Samira Said
(Singer who won a World Music Award in 2003)
Samira Said
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
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Adam Masina
(Football player- Defender)
Adam Masina
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Khouribga, Morocco
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Sofyan Amrabat
(Footballer midfielder)
Sofyan Amrabat
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huizen, Netherlands
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Adel Taarabt
(Association football player)
Adel Taarabt
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fes

Adel Taarabt is a Moroccan football player who currently plays for the Morocco national team and the popular Portuguese club Benfica. He has also played for other popular teams like Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, and AC Milan.

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Namika
(Singer)
Namika
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
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Audrey Azoulay
(Politician)
Audrey Azoulay
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
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Oussama Assaidi
(Retired Footballer winger)
Oussama Assaidi
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bni Bouifrour, Morocco
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Jeanne-Claude
5
Birthdate: June 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
Died: November 18, 2009
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Joe Mimran
(Canadian designer)
Joe Mimran
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morocco
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Abdel Qissi
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oujda, Morocco
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Aḥmad al-Manṣūr
(Ruler of Morocco)
Aḥmad al-Manṣūr
0
Birthdate: 1549 AD
Birthplace: Fès, Morocco
Died: August 25, 1603
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Soumaya Akaaboune
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tangier, Morocco
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Jan Janszoon
(Pirate)
Jan Janszoon
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1570 AD
Birthplace: Haarlem
Died: 1641 AD
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Lubna Azabal
(Actress)
Lubna Azabal
0
Birthdate: August 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Lubna Azabal is a Belgian actress best known for her portrayal of Suha in the 2005 critically acclaimed political thriller film Paradise Now. Lubna Azabal achieved international fame after playing Nawal Marwan in the 2010 Canadian drama film Incendies which earned her several awards including the 2012 Magritte Award.

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Laila Lalami
(Novelist)
Laila Lalami
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco