Official Title: Kingdom of Morocco
Administrative capital: Rabat
Economic Capital: Casablanca
Area: 710 850 km of which 264 000 are for the Saharan provinces
Morocco is located at the extreme west of North Africa; it has as neighboring countries; Algeria to the east and Mauritania to the south. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the north.
Population: 29,891,708 inhabitants (census of September 2004)
Urban population: 55.1%
Official language: Arabic
The French, however, is commonly used especially in Marrakech.
Religions: Predominantly Muslim with Jewish and Christian minorities.
USUAL FEW WORDS
Hello: Salam Alekoum
Hello (response): Salam Alekoum
How are you: Labes
Thank you: Choukrane
You are welcome: La, choukran alawajib
Thanks to God: Bismila (before eating or drinking)
How much does it cost? : Bchal?
That's it, that's enough: Safi, Baraka
No problem: Makein Mouchkil
God willing: Inshallah
I do not understand: Mafhemtch
HOW TO GET AND MOVE TO MOROCCO
Many cities in the kingdom possess an airport. The main domestic departures are from Casablanca.
Major international airlines from major cities in Europe, America and the Middle East are regularly serving Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir and Fes. More and more "low cost" companies provide frequent flights.
On a boat:
Several shipping lines and many companies allow you to get to Morocco: main departures from Algeciras in Spain, Geneva in Italy or Sete in France. The destination cities are Tangier, Nador and Ceuta.
Trains are quite comfortable and the first class is air-conditioned. The station indications are good.
If you want to discover the most remote corners of Morocco or move between all cities, the bus network is ideal. In each city, a bus transports you from one point to another.
There are two types of taxi:
Small taxis (205, Clio, Uno) cannot get out of the cities.
Grand taxis (usually large Mercedes) can take you almost anywhere, even for "big trips."
You can also rent cars to easily find your way around Morocco; this is the best way to feel free to go where you want. All with the same caution while driving.
We allow you to benefit from attractive rates for your car rentals, contact us.
The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (DHM).
1 euro = about 11 DIRHAMS
It is forbidden to import or export Dirham.
Guests can get money in banks with an international credit card or distributor.
The majority of hotels, restaurants, shops accept a settlement by credit card. The exchange is also done at bank receptions or at major hotels.
Bank opening hours: they vary by bank and seasons. Usually from 8:30 to 11:30 and 14:30 to 16:30 - the summer, continuous day from 8:30 to 14:00 - special hours during Ramadan.
In Marrakech, the banks are mainly concentrated on the boulevards of Mohamed V and Mohamed VI.