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Destination Morocco, a virtual travel guide to the western part of the Maghreb. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Morocco's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Northern African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Morocco, addresses of Moroccan and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Morocco.

 

Kingdom of Morocco | Al Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah

Country Profile


Morocco Flag
Flag of Morocco

Background:
Morocco's long struggle for independence from France ended in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier was turned over to the new country that same year.
Morocco virtually annexed Western Sahara during the late 1970s, but final resolution on the status of the territory remains unresolved.
Gradual political reforms in the 1990s resulted in the establishment of a bicameral legislature in 1997.


Morocco is a member state of the League of Arab States
border countries: Algeria, (Mauritania) Western Sahara, Spain
related countries: France
 
where in Africa is Morocco
Official Name:
Al Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah
short form: Arabic: المغرب‎, al-Maġrib
int'l long form: Kingdom of Morocco
int'l short form: Morocco

ISO Country Code: ma

Time:
Local Time = UTC +0h (no UTC/GMT offset)
Actual Time: Sat-Nov-1  04:38

Country Calling Code: +212

Capital City: Rabat

Other Cities: Agadir, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, Tangier (Tanger), Tetouan

Government:
Type: Constitutional Monarchy.
Independence: 2 March 1956 (from France).

Geography:
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Area: 446,550 km² (172,413 sq. mi.)
(The disputed territory of Western Sahara comprises another 267,000 km² or 102,700 sq. mi.).
Terrain: Coastal plains, mountains, desert.

Climate: Mediterranean, more extreme in the interior.

People:
Nationality: Moroccan(s).
Population: 32.5 million (2012)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 4 444 (year)
Ethnic groups: Arab, Berber, mixed Arab-Berber.
Religions: Muslim
Languages: Arabic (official), several Berber dialects; French, usually the language of business, government, and diplomacy.
Literacy: 52%

Natural resources: Phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt.

Agriculture products: Barley, wheat, citrus, wine, vegetables, olives; livestock.

Industries: Phosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, construction, tourism.

Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

Morocco in Figures
Morocco key statistical data.

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Official Sites of Morocco


Premier Ministre
The Moroccan Prime Ministry (in French and arabic)

La Chambre des Representants - Parlement du Maroc
The Parliament of Morocco (in Arabic)

Mincom.. Ilaycom - The Kingdom of Morocco
Official Morocco information site by the Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Portail national du Maroc
The national portal of Morocco.

Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres et de la Cooperation
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the UN
Morocco's representation to the United Nations.
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Seoul
Korea.
Moroccan Embassies & Consulates  abroad
Address list of Embassies & Consulates of Morocco.
Diplomatic corps & Consular accredited in Morocco
Address list of Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Morocco.


Statistics
Haut-commissariat au Plan
Offers some information about Morocco's statistical figures (in French only).

Morocco in Figures
Morocco key statistical data.

Maps
profile Map of Morocco
Political Map of Morocco.
profile Administrative Map of Morocco
Map of Morocco showing regions and préfectures of Morocco with capital cities.

Google Earth Google Earth Morocco
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco.
Google Earth Google Earth Rabat
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco's capital city.
Google Earth Google Earth Casablanca
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco's largest city.
Google Earth Google Earth Marrakesh
Searchable map/satellite view of Morocco's former imperial capital city.
Google Earth Google Earth Tangier
Searchable map/satellite view of the portcity of Tangier.

Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
Political Map of Africa
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Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.
 

News

Moroccan News in French:
Al Bayane
National and international news.
Aujourd'hui Le Maroc
Morocco related and international news.
La Gazette Du Maroc
Weekly news magazine.
Le Matin
National news.
Maroc Hebdo International
Moroccan weekly news.


Maghreb Arabe Presse
The Moroccan government news agency (in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish)
 

 

Arts & Culture

Music
Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival
The Gnawa and World Music Festival of Essaouira is a yearly event for Gnawa and Jazz music.
Festival de Fès des musiques sacrées du monde
Fez Festival of the World Sacred Music.
The Master Musicians of Jajouka
The musicians of Jajouka are the keepers of one of the oldest and most unique surviving musical traditions.
Moroccan music.com
This page is here to promote the traditional music of Morocco.

Film
Moroccan Cinematographic Center
Film shooting in Morocco.
 

 

Business & Economy

Bank Al-Maghrib
The Central Bank of Morocco.
Banque Commerciale du Maroc
(in French)
BMCE Bank Group
in Ffrench)

e-Morocco
Business Gateway of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The Moroccan American Business Council Ltd.
A not-for-profit foundation operated by American and Moroccan.

Transportation
Royal Air Maroc (RAM)
The Moroccan Airline.
Atlas Blue airline
Low-cost airline fully-owned subsidiary of Royal Air Maroc.
 
 

Destination Morocco - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Morocco: Agadir, Casablanca, Fès, Ifrane, Marrakech, Meknès, Rabat, Tangier, and Tétouan.
Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, biking, hiking, climbing, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

Office National Marocain du Tourisme
Official tourism information (in French)
english version

Moroc Net
A tourist guide to Morocco.

GMT Photothèque
Morocco images.

City Guides
Essaouira
The city of Essaouira "la Blanche".

Native indigenous peoples
Mondeberbere.com
Sanhaja, Masmoda, and Zenata are the three tribes constituting the Berbers - a Berber culture portal site.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

Al Akhawayn University
City of Ifrane, founded 1994.
Université Hassan II
Faculté des Sciences et Techniques Mohammadia, City of Mohammadia (in French)
Université Mohammed I
Mohammed First University, City of Oujda.
Université Mohammed V
Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs, founded in 1959, Agdal-Rabat.
 
 

Environment & Nature

Fondation Mohammed VI pour la Protection de l'Environnement
Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

Office National de l'Eau Potable
National office of drinking water (in French).

High Atlas Foundation
Organization whose aim is to establish community-based projects in Morocco that local people design and manage.


 
 

History


History
Pportail national du Maroc: Prehistory of Morocco, Contemporary History of Morocco, and Major Events of the Moroccan History.

History of Morocco
Wikipedia: Morocco History.
 
 

Search

The Country & People of Morocco
Country information and links.
Moroc Search
Morocco Index.
Yabiladi
Moroccan portal site.

Additional Information on Morocco


BBC News Country Profile: Morocco

Mbendi Profile: Morocco

Open Directory Project: Morocco

Wikipedia: Morocco

The World Factbook -- Morocco
 
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