The architecture of the new city, regardless of which ideology it represents, begins as empty stone. Only with residents can the dream of a new life be realised. The over two million Moroccans who live abroad (MREs) are an important factor in their home country‘s economic development. They are rewarded with tax benefits in Morocco. Almost every MRE family owns one or more flats in northern Morocco, located in specially founded settlements. Except in the summer months, when the MREs spend their holidays in Morocco, the settlements are deserted – like this one near Tangier.