Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima is the northernmost of Morocco's twelve regions. It faces the Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea in the north and the Spanish exclave of Ceuta on the northern border. Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Fès-Meknès, and the Oriental region border the north on the other sides. The Rif Mountains rise in the eastern portion, and Al Hoceima National Park and Talassemtane National Park are located there. The area near the Atlantic coast is less rugged, and the Loukkos River drains the fertile southwestern corner.
Al Hoceima Province, formerly part of the Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate region, was merged with Tangier-Tetouan in September 2015 to create Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima.
On September 14, 2015, Ilyas El Omari became the first president of the Rabat-Salé-Kenitra regional council. Mohamed El Yaacoubi was named Wali of the region on October 13, 2015. On February 18, 2019, Mohamed Mhidia, former governor of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region and Rabat Prefecture, became the new governor. Mohamed Mhidia was appointed wali of the region on October 28, 2019, making him the second Moroccan to hold the position. Fatima El Hassani was elected as president of the Regional Council of Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima on October 28, 2019, making her the second Moroccan woman to do so.
Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima comprises two prefectures and six provinces:
Al Hoceima Province
The Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima area is a central agricultural hub, producing grains, legumes, olives, and sugarcane, among other things. Animal husbandry and fishing are also prominent parts of the economy, contributing significantly to the local economy. Around the Tanger-Med container port, one of Africa's busiest, several free economic zones have been established to spur industrial development, foreign investment, and tourism, which is crucial to the regional economy.