Kenitra is a metropolis in northern Morocco, previously 1932–1956 referred to as Port Lyautey. It is a port on the Sbu river, has a population in 2014 of 431,282, is one of the 3 primary towns of the Rabat-Sale-Quneitra region and the capital of Kenitra Province. During the Cold War Kenitra's U.S. Naval Air Facility served as a preventing point in North Africa. The town starts offevolved with the inspiration of a trading-submit with the aid of the Phoenicians, recognised back then as Thamusida. Under the Antonine dynasty, a Venus temple became constructed there.
Before the French protectorate, there has been simplest Kasbah Mahdiyya within the region in which the present day city can nowadays be determined. It become renamed Quneitra in 1956 as Morocco gained its independence. Quneitra has grown rapidly to be a transport centre for agricultural produce specifically fruit, fish, timber, and lead and zinc ores. The city’s business vicinity lies upstream of the port. The National Route 1 and the A1 toll road pass via Kenitra and connect it to Rabat-Sale inside the south-west and to Larache within the north-east.
The metropolis is served through railway stations: Kenitra-Ville and Kenitra-Medina. A go back and forth teach, TNR, connects the metropolis, every 30 minutes, to Rabat and Casablanca.A high-velocity rail line to Tangier is deliberate to be completed in 2018. A collection of Kenitra natives created KAC. This group of soccer fans wanted to face up to French domination in sports in Morocco. The group, made completely of Kenitra natives, succeeded in achieving the superior Moroccan soccer league in 1956.