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Magrib

(both: mä`grĭb) [Arab.,=the West], Arabic term for NW Africa. It is generally applied to all of MoroccoMorocco
, officially Kingdom of Morocco, kingdom (2005 est. pop. 32,726,000), 171,834 sq mi (445,050 sq km), NW Africa. Morocco is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea (N), the Atlantic Ocean (W), Western Sahara (S), and Algeria (S and E).
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, AlgeriaAlgeria
, Arab. Al Djazair, Fr. Algérie, officially People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, republic (2005 est. pop. 32,532,000), 919,590 sq mi (2,381,741 sq km), NW Africa, bordering on Mauritania, Western Sahara, and Morocco in the west, on the
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, and TunisiaTunisia
, Fr. Tunisie, officially Republic of Tunisia, republic (2005 est. pop. 10,075,000), 63,378 sq mi (164,150 sq km), NW Africa. Occupying the eastern portion of the great bulge of North Africa, Tunisia is bounded on the west by Algeria, on the north and east by the
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 but actually pertains only to the area of the three countries between the high ranges of the Atlas Mts. and the Mediterranean Sea. Some writers also included Spain—especially during its period of Muslim domination—in the definition. Isolated from the rest of the continent by the Atlas Mts. and the Sahara, the Maghreb is more closely related in terms of climate, landforms, population, economy, and history to N Mediterranean areas than to the rest of Africa. The region was united politically only during the first years of Arab rule (early 8th cent.), and again under the Almohads (1159–1229). The Arab Maghreb Union was established in 1989 to promote cooperation and integration among the Arab states of N Africa; its members are Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. Envisioned initially by Muammar al-QaddafiQaddafi, Muammar al-
, 1942–2011, Libyan army officer and dictator. He graduated from the Univ. of Libya in 1963 and became an army officer in 1965. In 1969 he formed, along with a group of fellow officers, a secret revolutionary committee and led (1969) a successful coup
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 as an Arab superstate, the organization is expected eventually to function as a N African common market, although economic and political unrest, especially in Algeria, and political tensions between Algeria and Morocco over Western SaharaWestern Sahara,
territory (2005 est. pop. 273,000), 102,703 sq mi (266,000 sq km), NW Africa, occupied by Morocco. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean in the west, on Morocco in the north, on Algeria in the northeast, and on Mauritania in the east and south.
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 have hindered progress on the union's joint goals.

Maghreb

, Maghrib
NW Africa, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and sometimes Libya
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Team Tatawwu' will participate in the week-long campaign at Satwa roundabout near the civil defence centre, starting 20 minutes before Magrib.
Drivers are in a hurry before Magrib Athan to catch up with iftar with their families and this usually leads to the occurring of fatal and serious accidents.
ISLAMABAD -- National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has arrested two chief executive officers of Magrib Development Corporation and Crescent Standard Investment for misuse of authority, illicit personal gains and criminal breach of trust.
He directed Magrib, Gharshome, Paradeshi and Veerapurushan, each of which received awards.
30pm and after Magrib prayers, a 39-year-old Indian biker was killed by a speeding vehicle on Al Rams Road in the Shamal area of RAK.
Many of the drivers drive very fast before the Magrib Athan to catch up with iftar with their families and this undoubtedly leads to the occurring of fatal and serious accidents.
From Persian: magzii 'brain', tiir 'arrow', masrik 'east', peesin 'afternoon', saam 'evening', magrib 'west', zamiin 'earth', jaan[?
Colonel Hamad Al Balooshi, director of external roads section at the Abu Dhabi Traffic Police said the Emirati couple had reached Al Shuwaib area between Al Ain and Dubai when the accident occurred just before Magrib prayers.
During the journey, coaches stop over at three points, for Magrib and Isha prayers and dinner, and at Meeqat in Taif for allowing the pilgrims to wear the ihram.