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In this page: Accommodation | Eating Out | Getting Around | Time and Time Difference | Climate | Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems | Paying | Speaking | Emergency Numbers | Communications



Hotel reservation websites
Maghreb Tourism

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Eating Out

Rules For Eating Out
A tip of few Dirhams is expected
Food Specialties
Moroccan food is prepared with exquisite spices, vegetables and fruits, fish and meats. It is influenced by Arabic, French and Andalusian Spanish cuisine.

Specialty dishes include:
- B'ssara: broad bean soup that is usually eaten for breakfast with toppings such as olive and cumin and a side of bread
- Kebabs: pieces of beef or chicken marinated with spices
- Couscous: tiny wheat flour pasta granules, similar to rice, often served with meat and vegetables
- Lamb barbecue: whole lamb roasted on a skewer
- Pastilla: served with pigeon, chicken or seafood, this recipe contains flavours from the Middle-East and North-Africa
- Tajines: a clay pot dish that uses red or white meat and is made with a sauce of vegetables or dry fruits
- Fish chermoula: a coastal dish of fish marinated in herbs and spices before being grilled over hot coals

Popular desserts:
- M'hancha: known as a Moroccan almond snake pastry, this dish is made from flattened and coiled pastry that is stuffed with almond paste
- Ma'amoul: shortbread pastry stuffed with nut varieties like pistachios, walnuts and almonds and mixed with fillings like dates and figs
Tea is found everywhere. A particular favourite consumed by Moroccans is Chinese green tea, which is garnished with mint and sugar. Coffee is also another staple drunk by many Moroccans.
Fresh fruit juices are varied and popular.

Alcohol is relatively rare, though the Meknès region produces pleasant wines.

Dietary Restrictions
The only dietary restriction in Morocco is the prohibition of consuming pork.
Table Manners
Traditionally, the right hand is used for eating.

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Getting Around

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Urban transport services
Independent Agency of Urban Transports of Casablanca (RATC)
Independent Agency of Urban Transports of Rabat (RATR)
Find an Itinerary
Taxi services

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Rabat - Sale (RBA) 9 km / 6 miles private cars and shuttle vans - - Available
Casablanca - Mohammed V (CMN) 25 km / 16 miles MAD 200-300 / 30-40 min MAD 20 / 45 min MAD 35 / 30 min Available
Marrakech - Menara (RAK) 6 km / 4 miles MAD 60 / 10-15 min MAD 3 - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Train reservation services
Railway National Office

Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Royal Air Maroc Major Yes Yes
Jet 4 You Low-cost No Yes
Ryanair Low-cost No Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Travelling By Yourself

Car rental agencies
Auto Escape
Real-time traffic conditions

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Time and Time Difference

Current Local Time
It is %T:%M %A In Rabat
Summer Time
+1h between May 31 and September 28.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

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Type of Climate
Morocco is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the West. Inland, the Atlas mountain range runs through the centre of the country, between which lie vast plateaus of grasslands. To the South, the Sahara borders the country. As such, Morocco has both Mediterranean and desert climate, with mild temperatures along the coast and a drier, hotter interior. The further away from the coast, the more extreme the seasons. During the summer, temperatures range from 35oC during the day but can drop quickly to 5oC at night in the desert. Winters along the coastline average between 12oC and 25oC, while the inlands, for example in the Northern Plateau region, have colder winters ranging from 5oC to -7oC. Rainfall is most likely to occur in April, May, October and November. The Atlantic coast is the wettest region of Morocco.
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Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Electrical Standards and Measurement Systems

System of Measurement Used
Metric system
Unit of Measurement of Temperature
Celsius Degree

Use our service Measurement converter.

  • Voltage
220 V
  • Frequency
50 Hz
Type of Electric Socket
C and E
Type of Telephone Socket
DVD Zoning
Zone 5

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Domestic Currency
Moroccan Dirham
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The national currency is the Dirham (MAD). The currency was made convertible in 1993.
Possible Means of Payment
Bank cards are accepted in some large institutions of the main cities.
Foreign currencies, euros in particular, are accepted in tourist areas.

To Find a Cash Machine Where You Need, Use the ATM locator


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Official Language
Arabic and Tamazight (Berber)
Other Languages Spoken
60% of the population speaks Moroccan Arabic while 30% to 40% speak Tamazight (Berber). Moreover, it is important to note that French is the second language of Morocco and occupies a very important place in public life. Finally, Spanish is also spoken in the north of the country. English is moslty used by Moroccans who have studied abroad (mainly in the United States).
Business Language
French is used in a commercial context with Arabic for administration.

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Emergency Numbers

Emergency police 19
Royal police 177
Fire-fighters 15

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Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Morocco, Dial 00
To Make a Call to in Morocco, Dial +212 + 6 for mobile phones or 212 + 5 for fix phones.
Mobile Telephone Standards
National Mobile Phone Operators
There are 3 operators who by order of importance are: Maroc Telecom, Orange and Inwi

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
There are more than 500 service providers, but only 2 access providers: Maroc Télécom through its subsidiary company Ménara and Inwi.

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