Morocco’s official name is the Kingdom of Morocco. It is located in North Africa. The country is made up of a rugged mountainous region and vast deserts. It has coastlines on both Mediterranean and Atlantic sides. The area of the country is 446,500 km2, and the population is 33.8 million people. The capital city of Morocco is Rabat. However, the largest city is Casablanca.

The official languages of the country are both Arabic and Berber. The recognized national language of the country is also French. The people of Morocco are Moroccan. The official religion of the country is Sunni Islam. There is a lot of ethnic diversity present in this culture. Many people from various Arabian and Jewish regions have found shelter in the country throughout history. Also, its cuisine can easily be called one of the most diversified cuisines in the world. 

The currency of the country is Moroccan Dirham. The approximate exchange rate is 10 Dirhams for 1 US Dollar. You can’t obtain Moroccan Dirhams anywhere else, except in the country. The easiest way to exchange currency is by withdrawing money from ATMs. However, the daily withdrawal limits can be too low, and you will probably have to pay commission for exchange.

Currency exchange is also available at official bureaus de change. You can recognize them by golden signs. Changing money in the street is illegal. It is best to exchange dollars and Euros, although some other currencies are also acceptable. Official exchange bureaus don’t take commissions. And also, they will issue the receipt, which you need to keep until departure, in order to exchange Dirhams back into the original currency you brought.

Credit cards are acceptable in large restaurants, hotels, and some tourist shops. ATMs are available in large towns and some major hotels. Traveler’s cheques are also exchangeable in some areas, although sometimes it can be rather difficult to cash them. So, it is better to have cash or a credit card of Visa and MasterCard systems.

Small taxis with meters are available in major towns. Larger, grands taxis, usually Mercedes cars, ride outside medinas and to areas outside towns. You can share them, but should agree the price before departure, as they don’t have meters. 

International and local car hire companies have offices in major towns, cities, and airports. Car hire is generally expensive, but prices vary depending on the season. The minimum age for hiring a car is 18, although many hire companies require drivers to be over 21. Cars drive on the right here. Roads are in reasonable condition, but accident rates are high and  safety awareness among many drivers is negligible.

The Moroccans use European types of sockets, and the standard voltage is 220V.

August 20, 2016 12:00 am Published by 2 Comments

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