Wikimedia Tunisia is an emerging community that intends to organize Wikimania 2015 in Monastir, one of the best tourist destinations in Northern Africa.
Set along a superb coastline with a blue sea and long golden sandy beaches, Monastir is a pleasant seaside resort as well as historical town full of traditions.
Location of Monastir in the world
Monastir out under the protection of its ribat, one of the most impressive fortresses of Tunisia, its medina, its fishing port, its marina and its background of villages and orchards make it a lively and welcoming destination.
- Country: Tunisia
- Proposed city: Monastir
- Proposed venue: Monastir Sciences Palace
- Proposed dates: July 28th, 2015 to August 2nd, 2015
- Planned attendance: 1000~1200
- Contact: Yassine Tounsi, tounsi.yassingmail.com
“Very generous and welcoming people” says anyone who has been in Tunisia.
A country that has recently awakened, that has inspired many other countries and that gave young people the opportunity to shape a new identity for their country.
After the revolution of January 2011, Tunisia has opened a new chapter in its history.
The post-revolution Tunisia has a different taste, people are free to act and to express.
Everyone is trying in his own way to build this country that is rich in natural beauty and in its history.
Since words need to be put into actions, we submitted our candidature for organizing Wikimania 2015 in Tunisia (Monastir).
The main conference of Wikimania will be held in the Monastir Sciences Palace. The parallel workshops will take place in the faculties of dental medicine and pharmacy, both located 700m from the Sciences Palace (10 min walking: https://goo.gl/maps/UbQSh). A touristic train may be arranged to carry visitors every 30 minutes. Below are some photos of the Sciences Palace:
Facade of the Monastir Sciences Palace
Amphitheater of the Monastir Sciences Palace
A videoconference room of the Monastir Sciences Palace
Digital crossroad room of the Monastir Sciences Palace
The palace consisting of:
- A conference room equipped to organize congresses and scientific as well as cultural events. This room is fully air-conditioned. It has a capacity of 850 places, three commission rooms, simultaneous translation cabinets, projection equipments, and a fully-developed sound system,
- A videoconference room of 150 seats will be used for conference workshops. The room is equipped with teleconference system (could be used in the conference opening),
- Six rooms for training and commissions of 35 seats. They will be used for different stuff during the conference ( one for volunteer stuff, one for info, one for child care, 3 for meetings),
- Other rooms used for various purposes (A "Braille" room , a virtual university room, a digital studio, a language lab, a library and a digital crossroad).
The faculty of dental medicine consists of two amphitheaters with 200 seats that will be used for workshops.
The faculty of pharmacy consists of three amphitheaters with 150, 200, and 250 seats respectively that will also be used for workshops.
In total, we have a big auditorium, 1 conference room and 5 amphitheaters. All these spaces are equipped with wifi hot-spots.
Monastir Sciences Palace is ideally located at the very heart of the town of Monastir, on Avenue Farhat-Hached, in front of the municipality and at 100 meters from the headquarters of Monastir Governorate. The palace is next to the old city known as a "medina".
Venue map: http://www.psm.rnu.tn/anglais/index.php?page=acces_carte
The faculties of dental medicine and pharmacy are very close. A map and clear instructions on the streets will be set to guide visitors.
Welcome to Monastir where you will have your fill of blue sky and sunshine, where you will find extraordinary heritage and original traditions, where you will enjoy twinkling sea. Monastir is a tourist city on the eastern coast of Tunisia. It has many fine hotels and restaurants. It has also many faculties part of the University of Monastir.
"Modern Monastir extends beyond the old town and along the coast. It is full of hotels and tourist amenities, making it a modern seaside resort."
"Coloured boats on a beach of very fine sand, and then the sea, its colour growing gradually darker, from the almost white azure at the water's edge to dark blue towards the horizon. The image of relaxing, holidays and carefree existence is just one the many that Monastir has in store for the tourist."
In 2004, the population of the municipality is 71,546 inhabitants.
Al Qurayyah beach in Monastir
Monastir enjoys a dry Mediterranean climate with hot summers, extremely mild winters, lots of sunshine and low rainfall year round. The city sits in the northeast of Tunisia, on its central coast. It is much hotter than the Mediterranean resorts on the European coast, but much milder than inland areas of Tunisia, forty percent of which is part of the Sahara. Summer, from June till September, is absolutely sweltering. If you spend too long outside, you’ll find yourself melted to the spot or wilting in the shade. While humidity is low, the soaring heat can still be hard to handle. The average high temperature of 29°C in June skips past the 30°C mark in the middle of the month and climbs up to 33°C in July and August.
Tunisians are willing to learn foreign languages. Tourists usually don't find problems communicating with Tunisians.
Arabic is the native language. French is spoken fluently by almost every Tunisian and is often used in many fields (press, radios and all road signs). English is the third spoken language in Tunisia and it's well spoken, especially in touristic areas.
Appreciated by tasters, Tunisian cuisine owes its variety to the richness of its soil and the contributions of different traditions: Berber, Arab, Turkish and even Italian...
Tunisian people love a good taste and give much attention to what they eat. Welcome to a tasty world full of colors and savory surprises!
A sunny cuisine where lamb mixes with sea bream and grouper, where almonds blend with peppers and rosebuds, and where olive oil is combined with carefully selected spices. The celebrated couscous can be cooked in countless different ways: with fish, dried meat, meatballs, stuffed squid... A crispy hors-d'oeuvre and delicious almond patisseries are made from filo pastry, bequeathed by Turks. The meal is accompanied with the traditional mint tea accompanied by sweets. Restaurants are classed as "touristic restaurants" with a rating of 1 to 3 forks.
The following table lists the touristic restaurants in Monastir:
||Marina Cap Monastir
||(+216) 73 462 136
||Marina Cap Monastir
||(+216) 73 461 449
||Marina Cap Monastir
||(+216) 73 462 232
||Marina Cap Monastir
||(+216) 73 461 597
||Marina Cap Monastir
||(+216) 73 468 136
||(+216) 73 463 394
||(+216) 73 463 150
||(+216) 73 521 159
||(+216) 73 513 769
||(+216) 73 524 051
||Route de la Corniche
||(+216) 73 460 517
||Marina Cap Monastir
||(+216) 73 462 305
||Place du 3-Août
||(+216) 73 461 124
Monastir's star attraction is its preserved ribat complex, considered as the country's finest example of Islamic military architecture. Its seemingly chaotic design with labyrinthine passageways and staircases is a legacy of the ribat's many periods of construction and renovation. The consequence is an evocative structure devoid of any uniformity. The original ribat occupied only the central courtyard and museum area and was built in AD 796. The current shape was established by the Aghlabids at the end of the 9th century and completed during the 11th century. The ribat of Monastir is erected by the wali Harthama Ben Ayan on an order of the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid in 796, to serve as a defense against attacks of the Byzantine fleet on the Mediterranean Sea. It represents, with the ribat of Sousse, one of the two most important of the Sahel coast fortresses. There are panoramic views of the town and the coast line from the ramparts.
"One of the monuments that is symbol of the town, the spectacular ribat, facing the sea and strongly fortified, with battlements, turrets and a central tower from the top of which you can enjoy a wide, enchanting view of the sea, the medina, the mosques and the mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba. Because of its great beauty, the Monastir ribat has been chosen as the set for many film productions, including Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth. Its construction goes back to 796, which is why it's considered to be the oldest Arab fortification in Tunisia."
A slot in the tower of the ribat of Monastir
View of the ribat of Monastir
Courtyard of the ribat of Monastir
Monastir's medina was largely demolished after independence in an ill-considered rush to modernise the town and keeping with its status as the birthplace of the president. Thankfully, the ribat survived, as did the Great Mosque. Built in the 9th century, it's a severe Aghlabid creation, apart from the graceful horseshoe arches at the northern end. Roman columns supporting these arches and thoe of the prayer hall (closed to non-Muslims) were salvaged from the ruins of ancient Ruspina. The walls in the western part of the medina remain largely intact and are the dotted with some interesting old gates, the finest one is Bab el-Gharbi, at the centre of the western wall. It was built by the Hafsids during the 15th century. Bab Tunis, at the northwestern corner, was built in 1780 while the main southern gate, Bab Briqcha, was built by the Ottomans at the end of the 17th century.
The Costumes Museum is around the corner from the tourist office and worth a quick look.
Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba
The visitors to Monastir should not leave without visiting the mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba and his family. The mausoleum could be reached via a paved walkway, the gold and green cupolas are very attractive for new comers. The marble courtyard, green-tiled arches and elegant eastern doors are superb.
The mausoleum houses tombs of the family and a small display of items that belonged to the first president of Tunisia. The admission is free of charge and it is open Mondays to Saturdays. If the main gate is occasionally closed, visitors can walk around the fence to the next small gate on the northern side.
"Monastir's other, spectacular symbol is the Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba, statesman and father of Tunisian independence, who was born in this town on 3 August 1902 and has been buried here since April 2000. The great monument is laid out as a central building covered with a large gilt dome, containing Bourguiba's tomb, surrounded by three other green domes, where the president's father, mother and first wife are buried. At the sides, there are 25-meter high minarets topped with gilt spires and the whole structure is covered in precious marble."
The Old Port
The old symbolic port has an excellent location and panoramic views.
Fishing boats and sailors
The marina and its modern installations offer to the admiring looks its enormous yachts, floating and slender luxury hotels. Small modern bearing settled below the ledge, northeast from the city center, differs not at all from a Mediterranean resort: cafés, restaurants, ice-cream makers, bar serving cocktails, shops, etc. The site also includes a hammam on the west. Of the pier, we can see the Pigeons island and guess the marine caves of El Khalif.
Overview of Monastir Marina
- Museum of popular arts and traditions of Monastir: This museum displays traditional Tunisian costumes, most of which are wedding costumes, adornments, woven domestic items and copper objects.
- Islamic Arts Museum of Monastir: It contains a collection of early Arab coins, pottery, old maps and photos of Monastir.
- Leader Habib Bourguiba Museum: This museum is created after the 2011 revolution. It displays more than 1,360 objects, personal properties found in the presidential palace of Carthage, photo albums, sound recordings, archives, Rolls-Royce, bronze equestrian statue and gifts, all of the former president Habib Bourguiba.
- Moknine Museum: It is both an archeological and an ethnographical museum reflecting the past and the present of the town of Moknine and its region that for thousands of years have been rooted in the rich history of Tunisia. It displays ceramics, collection of bronze objects dating back to the 5th century, jewelry, costumes and distinctive features of this town.
- Lamta Archaeological Museum: The museum traces the origins of ancient Leptiminus, founded by sailors who came from Phoenicia around the 12th century BC. It presents all aspects of life: economic, social, cultural and religious, as well as different techniques at use during that period. The museum’s garden contains many vestiges, including in particular remains of imposing baths.
Museum of popular arts and traditions of Monastir
Facade of the Leader Habib Bourguiba Museum
Gate of the Lamta Archaeological Museum
- Touristic bicycle
You can discover the town (ribat, medina, marina, etc.) with family and friends, without producing CO2 and for health benefits. Whether it's to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, taking up cycling could be one of the best decisions you ever make, and everyone can develop circuits map at their own pace according to their tastes and abilities.
You can also go around Monastir with the famous and traditional carriages and of course for a good price.
- Touristic train
It is a cheap and original mean to discover the city. During the conference, the touristic train will be used to move between the Monastir Sciences Palace and the faculties of dental medicine and pharmacy, where workshops will be held.
The Palm Karting Monastir offers a great deal for those who are passionate of karting or those who want to try it. With its two circuits (adults and kids), we can organize karting group competitions for great prices. It also has a coffee shop, a great Mexican restaurant and a nice party space.
Touristic train in Monastir
Safety and security measures are paramount in events organized in Tunisia. Thus, fire extinguishers and first aid kits are required in public places. International events held in Tunisia are assisted with police presence as well as an ambulance in case of emergencies.
In addition, Tunisians are known for their hospitality and good sense of humour which makes Tunisia one of the best Mediterranean travel destinations.
Monastir's university attracts thousands of students from all over the country. In Monastir, there are 4 public dormitories that could be used for hosting Wikimania guests in addition to dozens of private cheap dormitories.
||Address and contact
||El Bassatine, 5000 Monastir, Phone: +216 73 46 19 89
||Boys and girls
||5 single rooms, 364 double rooms, 29 triple rooms
||Catering service, medical services, sports facilities, cultural area : reading room, living room, Internet and wifi, open space, and reception room
||Kairouan Street, 5000 Monastir, Phone: +216 73 500 251 / 73 500 252
||30 double rooms
||Ibn Sina Street, 5000 Monastir, Phone:+216 73 461 971 / 464 245
||Skanes, 5000 Monastir, Phone: +216 73 461 971 / 464 245
- Youth club
- Youth Complex of Ali Skhiri: Very clean hostel, with free wifi spots. The capacity of the complex is 32 people, and its restaurant capacity can reach 50 people. The price is less than 8 € per night. It is only 5 min by car from the Monastir Sciences Palace.
The infrastructure of hotels is of a remarkable quality and continues to get even better. Classed hotels (from one to five stars) are beyond reproach for hygiene and facilities. Covered swimming pools, sporting facilities, mini-clubs for children and spa centres are very common. Costs of hotels in Monastir varies from 20 $ to 120 $ for a night.
In Monastir, you will have a range of choices between luxury and simple hotels. A selection of them is listed below:
||Hôtel Regency is located a 5-minute walk from the city centre and on the coast of the Gulf of Hammamet. It overlooks the beach and features both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a balneotherapy centre, fitness rooms and a sun terrace.
||Located halfway between Sousse and Monastir, Hotel Chiraz Thalasso welcomes you a stone’s throw from the beach, in the tourist resort of Skanes.
|Caribbean World Monastir
||Situated next to the beach, Club Caribbean World Monastir Resort is set in large gardens and offers excellent family entertainment, its own water park and complimentary breakfast.
|Delphin El Habib
||This relaxed 4-star hotel provides multiple exclusive services and amenities, including an on-site golf-course and a private beach. It features an on-site gym, an outdoor pool and a spa & wellness centre.
|Royal Thalassa Monastir
||This luxurious hotel is located in Skanes and offers a private beach and a jacuzzi. It features an on-site gym, a sauna, a spa & wellness centre and an outdoor pool.
Medical Carthage International Center
One of the best advantages of Monastir is that everything is so close. To ensure a good living condition to all our guests, we have chosen a conference place that is close to all needed facilities. Private and state hospitals are well equipped to ensure a high standard of health care if needed.
Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport is among the first 20 busiest airports in Africa. The airport activity is mainly due to the movement of tourists coming to visit Monastir, Sousse and the surrounding resorts (Monastir-Skanes and Port El Kantaoui in particular). Almost all charter flights are concentrated during the tourist season. The airport is located at Skanes, 9 km from the city center. The trip by taxi costs about 5 TD (3.5 $). Getting to the airport is also possible through train between Monastir and Sousse, since the train station "Airport" is only 200 meters from airport terminal. Visit airport website for further info: http://www.habibbourguibaairport.com/en-EN/Pages/Main.aspx
The “prime class” CIP Service offered by TAV Operation Services transforms travelling into a pleasant experience at 43 airports worldwide from Paris to Tokyo thanks to collaborations materialized internationally. Visit airport website for further info: http://www.enfidhahammametairport.com/en-EN/Pages/Main.aspx
Tunis–Carthage International Airport is the main airport of the country, used by more than a million passengers a year. It presents many facilities such as exchange offices that operate 24 hours a day, mobile hire services and a post office. The airport contains also several restaurants which serve various Tunisian delicacies.
To go to Monastir from the airport, you can take a taxis from the airport to Barcelona Plaza -Tunis Railway Station- for $ 5, then you take the train to Monastir at 8: 30 or 12:35 or 17:50 for $10 (duration 3 hours).
We will plan for delegations to welcome participants and show them how to go to Monastir Sciences Palace in each airport and in the Railway Station in Monastir and Tunis. Visit airport website for further info: http://www.aeroport-de-tunis-carthage.com/
Getting access to Monastir is easy by bus, the Société de transport du Sahel bus station is located on the western edge of the medina. There is a bus every 20 minutes leaving from the station located in Bab El Bhar, Sousse, with lines 52A and 52B.
To reach Monastir by car, you can contact rent car agencies, these agencies are all based at Monastir's airport:
- Héritiers Afric Autos/Avis (Phone: +216 73 521 031)
- Fashion Rent a Car (Phone: +216 73 524 288/+216 21 409 320)
- DIM Rent a Car (Phone: +216 73 524 421)
You can reach also Monastir by another public transportation which is louage (collective taxi), the station being located next to the bus station. If choosing a louage at the Tunis station (Moncef Bey), you can arrive to Monastir within 3 hours.
You can reach Monastir by train from Tunis. Trains leave the capital 3 times a day, at 8:30 AM, 1:35 PM and 5:50 PM. If you are in Sousse, there is the Sahel Metro from Sousse Bab Jedid station to Monastir Habib-Bourguiba station every half hour.
Facade of Monastir Habib Bourguiba International Airport
Bus from the Société de transport du Sahel at Sousse
Train from the Sahel Metro
Living cost in Tunisia is not really high. As a result, you can enjoy your time here without paying too much money. The Tunisian dinar is the currency of Tunisia. Currency can be exchanged at any airport, as well as at the many bank offices in the city. The following table lists recent Tunisian dinar rates:
|Exchange rates as of 17 February 2014 (source)
||Equivalent of 1 TND
| Pound sterling
| Canadian dollar
| United Arab Emirates dirham
| Swiss franc
| United States dollar
Visitors to Tunisia must obtain a visa from one of the Tunisian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempted countries or are eligible for a visa delivered upon arrival.
Citizens of the following 72 countries and territories can visit Tunisia for up to 90 days (unless otherwise stated) without a visa:
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United Arab Emirates
Visa upon arrival
Citizens of the following two countries may obtain a visa valid for up to 1 month upon arrival:
Citizens of the following 16 countries may enter Tunisia without a visa, provided travelling on a tour organized by a travel agency and holding a hotel voucher:
Citizens of other countries require a visa to enter the Tunisian territory.
At this time, the Wikimedia community in Tunisia is not so big, so we are working to expand our activities through the help of non profit organizations like JCI ENIT and CLibre. Bidding to Wikimania would increase the number of active members and lead towards creating a Tunisian Wikimedia chapter.
The following table shows up the involved members throughout all the bidding process:
Insert your name below if you are intending to help as online team:
- Moumou82 (talk · contribs)
- Salah Almhamdi (talk · contribs)
- Strategic geographical location (close to Europe, Africa and Asia)
- Favorable climate
- Monastir is a tourist destination
- Good auditorium capacity
- Multiple culture and three spoken languages
- Most countries don't need visa
- Affordable living costs (transport, food and accommodation)
- Engaged local team
- Monastir is close to most interesting places to visit in Tunisia (Sahara, historical sites, etc.)
- Traveling to Tunisia isn't expensive
- Support of local NGO (JCI-ENIT and CLibre)
- Experience in international events organization (World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis, JCI World Congress).
- Number of supporters in Monastir is remarkably increasing: they're all welcoming the idea and willing to help
- Workshop rooms capacity (35 people)
- Small Tunisian Wikimedia community
- Tunisian Wikimedia community is increasing
- Political and economic stability
- High percentage of youth people
- Discovering Tunisia after its revolution
- Spreading sharing spirit
- Last Wikimania organized in Africa was held in 2008
- Difficulties to gather great amount of funds
- Some other good bids for Wikimania 2015
Ramadan in 2015 will start on Thursday 18th of June 2015, and will continue for 30 days until Friday 17th of July. Hence, we have chosen to distance the conference date from this holy month. The chosen dates are 28st of July to 2nd of August. The proposed schedule for the conference is as follows:
||Main conference day 1
||Main conference day 2
||Main conference day 3
||Opening Keynote/Welcome Plenary
Official welcome event party
|Chapter Board Meeting
||Group tours in the city
||Official welcome event party
The following are some aspects of the P/R strategy that we will follow in organizing wikimania:
- Contacting potential sponsors and partners (Example: Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI), Tunisie Télécom, Ooredoo, Samsung, Nokia, traveltodo, Coca Cola, Nestlé, etc. We could also get support from Ministry of tourism and technology (Open Source Department)
- Press conference before and after Wikimania
- Mailing a presentation of the conference
- Launch the website of the conference
- Web and Press campaign; advertorial, interview (Example: Entrepries Maganzine, La presse, WMC, TunisiaIT)
- Social network campaign before+during+after conference with photos and videos (Example: Facebook and Twitter)
- Radio & TV campaign (Already two interviews are made in which we talked about the bid... different local radios and TV will be contacted)
- Streamers on main conference venues
- Invite media and journalists to cover the event
- Infomercial after conference (with press and radio)
This is the estimated budget for hosting the conference based on local experience of hosting conferences. We plan for every Tunisian dinar spent, and as stated above, we have many potential sponsors in our country. All amounts are in Tunisian dinars and United States dollar.
||30 000 TND
||500 @ 60 TND ($40). For seven days
|Student & Wikimedian Registrations
||25 000 TND
||500 @ 50 TND ($30). For seven days
||50 000 TND
||5 @ 10 000 TND (6 300 $)
||60 000 TND
||4 @ 15 000 TND ($10 000)
||60 000 TND
||2 @ 30 000 TND ($20 000)
||$ 25 000
||40 000 TND
||1 @ 40 000 TND ($25 000)
||$ 35 000
||55 000 TND
||320 000 TND
||$ 50 400
||80 000 TND
||Includes a light breakfast and lunch, as well as 2 coffee breaks. We can adjust the meal budget depending on how sponsorships develop
||Meeting space will be free
|Expenses related to VIPs
||$ 5 000
||8 000 TND
||$ 12 500
||20 000 TND
||$ 31 500
||50 000 TND
||A group of professionals in lighting and organizing events + expenditure related to wifi (we will try to get it as a part of the sponsorship from one of the local network operators). 30% of visitors could be vegetarian, to take that into consideration when contacting the catering service.
|Promotional materials & supplies
||$ 19 000
||30 000 TND
- T-shirts 12 000 TND
- Badges for delegates 2 000 TND
- Streamers 4 000 TND
- Posters and flyers 12 000 TND
||$ 7 500
||12 000 TND
gifts bag contains :
- schedule brochure
- wikimania sticker
||$ 20 000
||31 000 TND
- welcoming party ( expected expenditure: $ 8 000 . Place: venue of Mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba)
- Buffet: Tunisian traditional sweets $ 2 000
- Furniture and technical fees $ 5 000
- bevrage $ 1 000
- Closing ceremony ($ 12 000 expectation)
||$ 3 000
|| 5 000 TND
||Scavenger hunt/photo contest
||$ 6 300
||10 000 TND
||$ 34 200
||54 000 TND
||$ 12 600
||20 000 TND
|Grand Total of Expenditures
||$ 202 000
||320 000 TND
Support letter signed by the director of the Culture Regional Delegation of Monastir
Support letter signed by the director of the Tunisia National Tourist Office