Last night in Essaouira: Gazelles' Dream
The marquee tent set up in Place Moulay Hassan was adorned in white and gold; the Gazelles, their guests, partners of the Rallye, officials and organizers were decked out in their finest.
Together, they shared a gala evening to close the 20th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.
The evening was kicked off by Matissa Association, with a performance of Brazilian music...
A moving prize giving ceremony full of surprises
After their ceremonial arrival on the beach in Essaouira, the competitors made their way to the Medina of this charming town steeped in history. The emotion felt on the beach two hours earlier was just the beginning of an emotional afternoon for our Gazelles. As they entered the immense marquee tent erected for the occasion, before taking their places at the magnificently decorated tables, they passed through an honour guard made up of cheering Rallye organizers...
The Rallye is certified ISO 14001!
It is official: the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc has been granted ISO 14001 certification for its environmental mandate
This is a first in the world of automotive racing!!!
Last drive through the sand in Essaouira
09:30. Emotions are running high. The Gazelles are about to cross the finish line for one last time, symbolically, to mark their official arrival in Essaouira. Chérie FM radio announcer Frédéric Ferrer, MC for the morning, is on the microphone here on the sunny beach in Essaouira...
What is in that big tent?
Inside the 1200 m² big tent set up in Place Moulay Hassan in Essouira's medina, the organizers are extremely busy. More than 800 guests will attend this evening's Gala event.
Preparations for the prize giving ceremony - full speed ahead
Since 7 o'clock this morning, while the Gazelles have been getting ready at their hotel, the 165 organizers of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc are busy preparing the ceremonial finish on the beach, across from Hotel Atlas Essaouira.
Under a radiant sun, the final finish line is coming into being: a gang of burgundy vests carry the 4-metre high red winflags which will stand to attention for the passing of the Gazelles just one last time during this 20th edition.
Magnificently decorated Caïdal tents erected on the still-damp sand will be the setting for a celebratory glass of champagne shared by the 220 participants before making their way to the big tent in Place Moulay Hassan in the medina, where the team of Rallye organizers await to honour our Gazelles for their superb performance in this year's event.