The Kingdom of Morocco is an immensely rich cultural center point of north-western Africa that exudes influences of all of the proximal regions, including Spain and the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Sahara Desert, and the Atlas Mountains. The port of Casablanca, established in the 20th century, is a busy metropolis and home to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca. This enormous structure, resting at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, was built by 30,000 workers over a period of five years, officially opening in 1993. The old medina of Casablanca encompasses an extensive surface area of the city and offers locals and visitors the famous crafts of the region at a very reasonable fare compared to the bazaars and kasbahs of Rabat and Marrakech. From sun up to sun down, with the exception of religious holidays and celebrations including Ramadan, local artisans display their goods made of wood, leather, wool, textiles, and pottery, and engage passers-by both dramatically and effectively, offering dialogue and the opportunity to learn about the city from the local perspective.

Source: CIA Factbook

Fast Facts

  • Language: ArabicBerber
  • Population: 32,649,130
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary democracy andConstitutional Monarchy
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Capital: Rabat

Things To Do in Morocco

  • Spend an evening with a Moroccan family
  • Experience the Berber lifestyle in the Atlas Mountains
  • Discover the ancient city of Fes
  • Engage with local university students
  • Take a camel trek in the Sahara Desert
  • Explore the magnificent Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca