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    Kasbah of the Udayas at Bou Regreg River, Rabat
    Kasbah of the Udayas at Bou Regreg River in Rabat, capital city of Morocco.
    Image: Pieter Edelman
     
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    Location map of Morocco
    Destination Morocco, a virtual guide to the western part of the Maghreb, officially known as the Kingdom of Morocco. The country in Northern Africa is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in west, by the Mediterranean Sea in north, by Algeria in east and in south by Western Sahara, the non-self-governing territory claimed by Morocco.

    Morocco shares small borders with Spain by the Spanish exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, it has borders with Mauritania in the the Moroccan-controlled part of Western Sahara, and it shares maritime borders with Portugal.

    Morocco covers an area of 446,550 km2 (excluding Western Sahara) making it slightly smaller than Sweden or slightly larger than California.

    The country has a population of 34.8 million (in 2017); capital city is Rabat, largest city is Casablanca.


    Kingdom of Morocco | Al Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah


    Country Profile



    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
     
     

    Official Name:
    Al Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah
    short form: Arabic: ???????, al-Ma?rib
    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: Fri-Nov-13  12:12

    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: 34.8 million (2017)
    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)

    Exports - commodities: clothing and textiles, automobiles, electric components, inorganic chemicals, transistors, crude minerals, fertilizers (including phosphates), petroleum products, citrus fruits, vegetables, fish

    Exports - partners: Spain 22.1%, France 19.7%, India 4.9%, USA 4.3%, Italy 4.3% (2015)

    Imports - commodities: crude petroleum, textile fabric, telecommunications equipment, wheat, gas and electricity, transistors, plastics

    Imports - partners: Spain 13.9%, France 12.4%, China 8.5%, USA 6.5%, Germany 5.8%, Italy 5.5%, Russia 4.4%, Turkey 4.3% (2015)

    Morocco in Figures
    Morocco key statistical data.

    Parliament building in Morocco's capital Rabat
    Front of the parliament building in Morocco's capital Rabat.
    Image: Ludmi?a Pilecka

    Political system
    Morocco is ruled in a framework of an Islamic parliamentary constitutional hereditary monarchy. Chief of state is the king. The king is both, the political and spiritual leader, the "Commander of the Faithful," he presides over the Council of Ministers and appoints various members of government. He can also dissolve the parliament, arrange new elections and rule by decree.
    Head of government is the prime minister. The parliament of Morocco is the bicameral legislature located in Rabat. The two chambers are the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors (upper house). The power of parliament is very limited, but has been reinforced by reforms of the constitution in 1992.

    Official Sites of Morocco

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

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

    Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Kingdom of Morocco
    Official Morocco information site by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (in Arabic and French).

    Maroc.ma
    The national portal of Morocco.

    Moroccan Sahara
    Moroccan Sahara Portal, '40 years of progress' in Morocco's occupied part of the Western Sahara.

    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 the US
    Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Washington D.C.
    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 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
    The 54 countries of Africa.
    Map of Africa
    A Relief Map of Africa.
     

    News

    According to BBC, the broadcast media are either dominated by the state or reflect the official line. However, the private press has succeeded in breaking taboos over some sensitive topics, including allegations of high-level corruption.
    Paris-based Reporters Without Borders notes "a slow but steady decline in media freedom in Morocco/Western Sahara. In Morocco, the kingdom’s authorities use political and economic pressure to deter local independent media outlets from covering highly sensitive subjects".

    Moroccan News in French:
    Al Bayane
    National and international news.
    Aujourd'hui Le Maroc
    Morocco related and international news.
    Challenge
    Weekly economic news magazine.
    Le Matin
    National news.
    Maroc Hebdo International
    Moroccan weekly news (in French).
    Yabiladi
    Moroccan portal and site (in French).

    Maghreb Arabe Presse
    The Moroccan government news agency (in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish)
    Morocco World News
    Middle East and North Africa region news (in English).
     

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    Tinghir street life. The city is the capital of Tinghir Province, Morocco
    Tinghir street life. The capital of Tinghir Province is situated in the Draa-Tafilalet region.
    Image: mhobl

    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, founded in 1959.

    Attijariwafa Bank
    Leading bank in Morocco and is part of king Mohammed VI's holding company SNI. (in French)
    BMCE Bank Group
    Large commercial bank in Morocco, (in French)


    Ministry of Economy and Finance
    Morocco's Ministry of Economy and Finance is a business gateway to 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.

     

     
    Tamnougalt, Draa River valley, Atlas Mountains, Morocco
    Tamnougalt, a palm oasis in the Atlas Mountains, located in the Draa River valley near Agdz.
    Image: Sergey Pesterev

    Travel and Tour Consumer Information


    Destination Morocco - Travel and Tour Guides


    Discover Morocco:
    Cities: Agadir (city on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean has a Timitar festival), Casablanca (Hassan II Mosque, largest mosque in Morocco); Essaouira (port city and resort); Fes (the country’s cultural capital, the Medina of Fez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Ifrane (city with an Alpine climate);
    Marrakesh (old center of Marrakech, Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, El Badi Palace, Majorelle Garden, Menara gardens, Jemaa el-Fnaa square); Meknès (Bou Inania Madrasa);
    Rabat (Kasbah of the Udayas, a 12th century kasbah, Chellah, a fortified Muslim necropolis), Hassan Tower (minaret), Rabat Archaeological Museum;
    Tangier (medina of Tangier, Dar el Makhzen palace), and Tétouan.

    Atlas Mountains (Mountain range across northwestern Africa with Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco); Rif (mountainous region); Ouzoud Falls (spectacular waterfall), Todgha Gorge (canyon in the High Atlas), Souss-Massa National Park (national park on the Atlantic coast), Dadès Gorges (scenic route), Ouka?meden (Moroccan style ski resort in the Atlas mountains)

    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


    Moroc Net
    A tourist guide to Morocco.

    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.

    Fes Medina with Bou Inania Madrasa, Fes el Bali
    Aerial view of Fes Old Medina with Bou Inania Madrasa in center.
    Image: Michal Osmenda
     

    Education


    Al Akhawayn University
    University in the 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.
     

    Berber alphabet.
    Image: Mikael Parkvall
     
    Ouzoud Waterfalls, Azilal province, Morocco
    The Ouzoud Waterfalls are located near the High Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, in the Azilal province of Morocco.
    Image: Masha Maria

    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.


     
     
    A?t Benhaddou in Ouarzazate province, Morocco
    A?t Benhaddou is an ancient fortified village (ighrem) in Ouarzazate province in southern Morocco, at the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. The Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Image: Annabel Symington

    History


    History of Morocco - Discover an Ancient Land
    Major events in Moroccan history.

    History of Morocco
    Wikipedia: Morocco History.
     
     

    Sources and additional Information on Morocco


    Amnesty International: Morocco

    BBC Country Profile: Morocco

    FAO: Morocco

    GlobalEDGE: Morocco

    The Heritage Foundation: Morocco

    Human Rights Watch: Morocco

    OEC: Morocco

    Reporters Without Borders: Morocco

    Wikipedia: Morocco

    The World Factbook -- Morocco
     
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