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Quneitra is a city in northern Morocco, formerly (1932–1956) known as Port Lyautey. It is a port on the Sbu river, has a population in 2014 of 431,282, is one of the three main cities of the Rabat-Sale-Quneitra region and the Chef-lieu of the Province of Quneitra. During the Cold War Quneitra's U.S. Naval Air Facility served as a stopping point in North Africa.HistoryAncient historyThe history of the city begins with the foundation of a trading-post by the Phoenicians, known back then as Thamusida. Under the Antonine dynasty, a Venus temple was built there.Before the French protectorate, there was only a kasbah in the area where the modern city can today be found.Colonial and recent historyIn March 1912 the French government and the Sultan of Morocco, Abd al-Hafid, signed the Treaty of Fez. Because of his growing unpopularity, the Sultan asked the French government for protection against the Berber rebel tribes surrounding Fez. France appointed Hubert Lyautey resident-general in Morocco.General Lyautey restored peace and order to the country after crushing the tribal uprising. After safely moving the Sultan from Fez to the current capital city, Rabat, Lyautey began his task of civilian administration.Kenitra is in Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen Region. With our online itinerary creator, Morocco vacations can be built around trips to Kenitra and other destinations in Morocco.
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