Morocco

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Date(s) Visited: April 2014, September 2014 – December 2014

Location: North Africa

Bordering Countries: Algeria, Spain, Western Sahara

Capital City: Rabat

Other main cities: Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fes, Tetouan, Essaouria, Agadir, Tangier, Oujda, Chefchaouen and Kenitra

Language(s): Arabic, Arabic dialect (Darija), Berber and French

Population: 32 million+

Religion: Islam (98.7%), Christianity (1.1%), Judaism (0.2%)

Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)

National Airlines: Royal Air Maroc

Known for: Couscous, tajine, mint tea with sugar, harisa, spices, pottery, marble baths and camels

Celebrations and Festivals: Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, The Honey Festival (Agadir), The Sand Marathon (Sahara Desert), The Rose Festival (Kelaa-des-Mgouna), The World Sacred Music Festival (Fes), Gnawa and World Music Festival (Essaouira), Date Festival (Erfoud), International Film Festival, Marriage Festival (Imilchil), Popular Arts Festival (Marrakech)

Fun Facts…

  • The official name for Morocco is El Mamlakah al Magribiyah (The Kingdom of Morocco)
  • It is considered rude to reject food
  • It is also impolite to eat with the left hand
  • Moroccan Berber women have geometrical tattoos on their faces as a mark of tribal identification
  • Green Mint Tea (Thé à la Menthe) has become the national drink of the country whilst couscous (sooksook) with lamb and vegetables is the national dish
  • The national outfit is called a djellaba which is a one-piece and unisex garment
  • Morocco is the only African country that is not a member of the African-Union
  • Morocco is approximately the same size as the state of California
  • Casablanca took it’s name in 1770 from the Spanish meaning “white house”. In Arabic this city is also called Dar el Beïda
  • Morocco was the first nation to sign a treaty with the United States in 1786

 

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