Ouarzazate, meaning "the door of the desert," is a city in southern Morocco. The origin of its name is "without noise." It hosts one of the largest movie studios in the world, Atlas Studios. Several historical movies were shot on those studios (e.g. Asterix et Cleopatre, Cleopatra, Kundun, Gladiator, and lately Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven, and Babel). It was also the location of the November 26, 2006 episode of the television series The Amazing Race.
Many excursions through the valley of the Draa River into the Sahara Desert start from the city. It is home of the famous casbah of Taourirt, (the casbah of the former caïd and later the possession of T'hami El Glaoui).
Information based on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouarzazate