While Spain continues to harass those crossing the border, it makes perfect sense for Gibraltar to promote relations and communications with its southerly neighbour, Morocco, just across the straits. The new Gibraltar and Morocco Business Association aims to do just that as will new flights direct to Marrakech, beginning next month.

In this spring edition of Essential, we focus on this fascinating land, steeped in history and tradition, which became a veritable melting pot of cultures. Anyone who has ever visited Morocco will testify to its vibrancy, with maze-like souks and bazaars teeming with life and colour, stunning architecture, impressive arts and décor, and memorable cuisine. We bring you all of this and more in an issue that is truly evocative of north Africa.

Elsewhere in these pages, experience an adrenalin-charged rush with this year’s recent first F1 tests in Jerez, check out the sleek lines of the 2015 Lexus RC F Sports Coupé and, hot on the heels of the Oscar’s, don’t miss our profile of iconic movie maker Martin Scorsese.

Locally, we talk with Tony Lombard, and with current Miss Gibraltar, Maroua Kharbouch who is of Moroccan descent. We also go through the keyhole in Admiral’s Place to witness a shining example of a heritage property given new life by Patricia Darch and, last but not least, we sample fine French dining at Le Bateau in Queensway Quay.