Full country name: Kingdom of Morocco
Area: 446,550 sq km
Population: 31,29 million (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Rabat
Language: Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy
Religion: Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Time Zone: UTC 0
Dialing Code: 212
Electricity: 127/220V 50 Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Money & Costs:
Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD)
Average Yearly Salary: USD 4,700
Geography: The Kingdom of Morocco is situated in Northern Africa. The country faces the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Its neighboring countries are Algeria and Mauritania. The terrain of Morocco is mostly mountainous, with Atlas Mountains and Rif Mountains being the most distinct ones. The country also includes the Sahara Desert, which also occupies a large part of the landscape. Forests cover about 12% of the land, whereas arable land account for 18%.
Climate: Morocco is generally dominated by the Mediterranean climate, which is more temperate in the northern and southern parts of the country. The Atlas Mountain region is moist with frequent snow. The southern part of the country experiences the desert climate, whereas the center of the country has a continental climate with significant temperature differences. The average yearly temperature is 21 C (70 F) in winter, and 38 C (100 F) in summer.
Recommended clothing: Dress modestly, covering from the knee (long skirts, pants) to the elbow (sleeved T-shirt) outside the bigger cities, especially in the rural areas. Loose trousers are advised for camel trekking. A fleece/windproof jacket or a warm sweater, and long pants are recommended when going to the Atlas Mountains, or to the desert, not in the summer season. Winter months are cold, therefore, a warm winter coat, a hat, gloves, and wool socks are advised.
Social conventions: No business matters are discussed at the table. After greeting, you should politely ask about the person’s health, happiness and family. A greeting may involve a kiss or two on a cheek. It is impolite to refuse tea, when offered.
Health: All of the major cities have good health facilities. Public hospitals provide free or reduced-cost charge emergency treatment. Morocco is basically a malaria-free country. Choose bottled water instead of the tap water for drinking.
Food & Drink: The Moroccan cuisine is extremely diverse, owing to the influences of other cultures and nations. Morocco produces a large variety of fruits and vegetables. Meat is the base food of the Moroccan cuisine. The most popular meats include: mutton and lamb, chicken, beef, rabbit, camel, and seafood. The most common flavorings are: unrefined olive oil, dried fruits, and lemon pickle. Moroccans use a lot of spices, such as: ginger, parsley, pepper, anise, paprika, sesame, cumin, cinnamon, saffron, and etc. A typical meal usually includes a series of salads, followed by a tagine, then a lamb or chicken dish is served, followed by couscous with meat and vegetables. A cup of sweet mint tea, the most popular drink of Morocco, is drunk at the end of the meal. Note, that Moroccans usually eat with their hands. They only use bread as a utensil.
1 Jan New Year’s Day
Jan 11 – Manifesto of Independence
May 1 - Labour Day
Jul 30 – Feast of the Throne
Aug 14 – Fête Oued Eddahab (Oued Eddahab Allegiance Day)
Aug 20 – Revolution du Roi et du Peuple (Anniversary of the King and the People’s Revolution)
Aug 21 – King Mohammed’s Birthday
Nov 6 – Marche Verte (Anniversary of the Green March)
Nov 18 – Fete de l’Independance (Independence Day)
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