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It's not the Agadir cable car, it's the Kasbah gondolas


One of the biggest projects that Agadir is transforming from top to bottom is the Installation of an air link to access the Kasbah, which is undergoing a complete transformation. The project is great, but it's misnamed. We should not speak of "téléphérique d'Agadir" ("Agadir cable car") but of "télécabines" ("gondola lifts") to get to the multi-secular kasbah.


One of these gondolas has just been displayed by the sea near one of the McDonald's restaurants (our photo). It is an information and awareness-raising work that can be applauded with both hands. Except that the name "Téléphérique d'Agadir" ("Agadir Cable Car") does not match the reality of the project.


A "cable car" ("téléphérique"), according to the usual definition from Wikipedia, is actually "a mountain railway equipped with large-capacity cabins that serves a summit that is generally difficult to access". The cable cars of the Alps are generally designed to transport 30 to 100 people, as in the case of Moléson in western Switzerland (our photo). They consist of only two very large cabins that cross in the middle of the ride.


On the contrary, the transport system planned in Agadir consists in putting into operation about thirty small cabins like the one facing the sea, which in this case should be called "télécabines".

The term "téléphérique" used by the initiators for trips to the Kasbah and later to the Donialand amusement park and Souss Camp is probably due to the fact that the French administration also speaks "télécabines" under the generic term "télésièges", which leads to confusion.


Since the facility in Agadir is being built by the Austrian-Swiss group Doppelmayr-Garaventa, the world market leader for ropeways, the French designations should not be used, but those of the manufacturer, namely the noun "télécabines".

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