Ouarzazate, Morocco is referred to the door to the Sahara Desert. The town and Southern Morocco’s crown gem Ait Ben Haddou has served as an attraction for movie producers and directors to film there over the past two decades. It is also home to the Atlas Film Studios, a venue that has served as the headquarters for world-renown movie agencies that launched films such as Alexander the Great, Kingdom of Heaven, Babel, Black Hawk Down, Star Wars, and shows like Game of Thrones.
With the goal to drive tourism to Southern Morocco, the local tourism board is encouraging Ridley Scott’s Game of Thrones fans to explore the UNESCO certified village Ait Ben Haddou. A new initiative led by the village youth aims to build a museum that features photography scenes from the Game of Thrones.
Located just 30 minutes north of the Studios, Ait Ben Haddou village should not be missed. Renowned Game of Thrones scenes shot there include those with Daenerys Targaryen. Ait Ben Haddou was also the where Lawrence of Arabia and The Mummy were filmed.
Ait Ben Haddou village is perched on a hilltop 19 miles from Ouarzazate. This historic ksar located in the Atlas Mountains has been described as a place where time stands still. The village has a mosque and two cemeteries. Its economy is comprised of craftsmen and some citizens who play extras in the films.
When compared to other locations like Northern Ireland, Malta, and Dubrovnik where the Game of Thrones has been filmed Ait Ben Haddou falls behind in the capitalization of its fame. Visitors currently do not see any memorabilia or other connections to the famous television drama.