Useful Information about Morocco

Surface Area: 710,850 sq. km

3,5000 km of coastline

Capital: Rabat

Bordering Countries: Algeria to the east and Mauritania to the south

Population: 33.8 million inhabitants (2014 census)

Administrative Organization:  12 regions, 62 provinces, 13 prefectures

Time Zone

GMT

Morocco adds 1 hour during the spring from March to October. In November the time zone is GMT.

Currency

The unit of Moroccan currency is called the moroccan dirham (MAD). Currency exchange is possible in banks and accredited institutions. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) accept all international credit cards.

  • Bills: 200 Dh, 100 Dh, 50 Dh, 20 Dh
  • Coins: 10 Dh, 5 Dh, 1 Dh, 0.5 Dh, 0.05 Dh

Languages, culture and religions

Morocco has two official languages: Arabic and Amazigh (Berber).  Education and administration is conducted in classical Arabic while everyday conversation is in the local Arabic dialect, “darija”. Berber is spoken mainly in the Atlas, Souss and Rif.

As a result of Morocco’s openness to the rest of the world, French and Spanish are two languages practiced daily by millions of Moroccans.  English is also a very common language spoken in the country’s international cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca and Tangier.

Islam is the Kingdom’s main religion, however there exist Jewish and Christian communities that practice their religion freely.  In a city like Marrakech, mosques, synagogues and churches exist side by side throughout the city’s various neighborhoods.

Vaccinations

No vaccination certificate is required but it is recommended to protect against Hepatitis A & B as well as Typhoid.

Landscapes

Morocco is made up of spectacular landscapes that make it a real paradise for nature lovers.  More than 710,000 sq. km contrasted with the snowy Atlas Mountains; the dunes of the Sahara: the valleys and plains of the middle of the country, the cedar forests and long stretches of aragan trees, sandy beaches and abundant vegetation.

Climate

The diversity of Morocco is also found in its climate.

Due to the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Morocco benefits from a moderate sub-tropical climate.

In Marrakech, the average temperature is 38°C in the summer and 21°C in the spring.

In the mountainous zones of the Atlas temperatures can be negative, while in the north the weather can be humid and rainy.

Further in the south the weather remains mostly dry.

In November, Marrakech enjoys 7 hours of direct sunlight per day and experiences rain typically 3 to 9 days during the month.

In the rest of the country, the annual average temperatures are 22°C in Rabat and 20°C in Casablanca, Fez or Tangier.

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