Morocco

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Facts & figures

  • Full name: The Kingdom of Morocco
  • Population: 32.6 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Largest city: Casablanca
  • Area: 710,850 sq km (274,461 sq miles) (including W Sahara)
  • Major languages: Arabic and Berber (official), French, Spanish
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 70 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: Dirham = 100 centimes
  • Main exports: Minerals, seafood products, citrus fruit
  • GNI per capita: US $2,970 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .ma
  • International dialling code: +212

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Groomed for "kingship", as his late father King Hassan II referred to his upbringing, Mohammed VI became monarch in 1999. He initiated political and economic changes and an investigation into human rights abuses during his father's rule.


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Visa & travel advice

The Moroccan Embassy in London is the official representative body of the Moroccan Government in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Details about the Embassy of Morocco in London, other Moroccan embassies around the globe, Moroccan visa information, visa forms, tourist information, local climate, maps, Moroccan public holidays and even more travel information can be obtained here.

Best period:

 The most popular time for tourists to visit Morocco is the summer, July and August, when it is very hot and dry. If you want to avoid the heat and the massive number of tourists, September through October and April through June are your best bets. It can be cold and wet during the winter (November through March), especially along the coast and in the hills, so we don’t recommend going then, unless you like layers and rain gear. The climate varies throughout the country, so be sure to check the weather forecast for the specific regions you are planning to visit

Safety:

The U.S. Department of State’s consular website has a great deal of information about safety and security in Morocco. It can’t be repeated often enough: be sensible when you travel. Be alert and aware about your surroundings.

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Morocco has a population of over 33 million and an area of 446,550 km2 (172,410 sq mi). Its political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca; other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé, Fes, Agadir, Meknes, Oujda, Kenitra, and Nador. A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Its distinct culture is a blend of Arab, indigenous Berber, Sub-Saharan African, and European influences.

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Music: RaïRai is more closely associated with Algeria in the international music scene, but Morocco has produced its own stars like Cheb Mimoun and Hanino.Celine is a popular poprock artist in Morocco.Morocco's famous international music producer RedOne (Nadir Khayat) is representing Morocco internationally and he was decorated by the king of Morocco Mohamed 6 "wissam alaoui".

Literature: Moroccan literature   its first flowering in the period of the Almoravid dynasty (1040–1147). In this period two writers stand out: Ayyad ben Moussa and Ibn Bajja and, in al-Andalus, Al-Tutili, Ibn Baqi, Ibn Khafaja and Ibn Sahl. An impression of a number of great poets of the period is given in anthologies and biographies like Kharidat al Qsar,[1] Al Mutrib and Mujam as-Sifr.[2] From 1086 Morocco and Al-Andalus, with its rich tradition from the Umayyads, formed one state and the Almoravid sultans stimulated culture in their courts and in the country. Ibn Bassam dedicated his anthology Dhakhira fî mahâsin ahl al-Gazira to Abu-Bakr Ibn-Umar and Ibn Khaqan his Qala-id al-Iqyan to Yusuf ibn Tashfin. The early Almoravid movement had itself been influenced by the writings of Abu Imran al-Fasi.

Film industry:

Cinema in Morocco has a long history, stretching back over a century to the filming of Le chevrier Marocain ("The Moroccan Goatherd") by Louis Lumière in 1897. Between that time and 1944, many foreign movies were shot in the country, especially in the Ouarzazate area.In 1944, the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM), the nation's film regulatory body, was established. Studios were also opened in Rabat.In 1952, Orson Welles' Othello won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival under the Moroccan flag. However, the Festival's musicians did not play the Moroccan national anthem, as no one in attendance knew what it was.[6]Six years later, Mohammed Ousfour would create the first Moroccan movie, Le fils maudit ("The Damned Son").

Famous monuments:

La Tour Hassan is a 44 meters high minaret towering amongst the ruins of the sultan Yacoub al Mansour mosque which was completely destroyed by an earthquake in the 18th century.
The minaret was built in 1195, but it was never finished. Nevertheless, it is a stunning monument, with its beautiful, stark orange walls set against a clear blue Rbati sky making it as one of the famous attractions and destinations in the country of Morocco.

 

Morocco is one of the most liberal Islamic countries – Morocco might be your destination of choice. On the continent of Africa, over the Straight of Gibraltar from Spain, Morocco is really a country that has a long interesting history and culture that many people might find fascinating and want to explore.

The Tizi-N’Test pas from Marrakech, Morocco to taroudant leads you over the Middle Atlas, heartland of the Berber people, through hair raising hair pin bends at 2,092 meters overlooking valleys and gorges, small fields and mountain villages.It was here fro; Tin Mal, the site of the famous Berber mosque that the Almohads rose up and took Marrakech from the Almoravids in 1152.

Architecture history

One of the benefits of working in a design studio is the amazing design & reference books lying around. I found one about Morocco the other day and I feel like it’s SO NOW.Wha?Mozaic prints, trompe l’oile geometrics, arabesques.

 

 

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