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Identity card of Morocco

Name Kingdom of Morocco
Surface 710.850 Km2
Population 32 million of inhabitants
Capital Rabat
Languages Arabic, Amazigh, French, Spanish, English
Religion Islam
National Day July 30
Currency Dirham  -  1 euro = about 11 dirhams (dh) - Credit cards are accepted
Climate hot between June and October (between 15°C and 34°C)
Telephone 00 (for international call) + 212 (country code of Morocco) + 9-digit number (the subscriber's number without the first 0).
For local calls, dial 10-digit number beginning with 0 (the next three digits correspond to the regional code).
Local time GMT+1 (Summer time)
Shops are generally open from 8:30 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 20:00 and more.

RABAT

Rabat, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and situated between Casablanca and Tangier, is one of the four imperial cities and the modern capital of the Kingdom. It embraces, inside its long city walls, traces of the Almohad dynasty.

Rabat shelters the Royal Palace, and is the seat of government, ministries, administrations and embassies.

Five big gates allow to go into Rabat for the visit of its monuments and museums.

Monuments

  • Mausoleum of Mohammed V, masterpiece of traditional moroccan art
  • Hassan Tower, unfinished mosque of the 12th century
  • Chellah, Roman ruins on the ancient site of Sala
  • Oudayas, an almohad architectural district

Museums

  • Musée archéologique (Archaeological Museum), it retraces the history of Morocco 
    23 Rue Brihi next to Hôtel Chellah (closed on tuesday) - tel : (212) 537 70 19 19
  • Musée de la Monnaie de Bank Al-Maghrib (Currency Museum of Bank of Al-Maghrib) : a coin collection reflecting 2500 years of history
    277, Corner of Avenue Mohammed V and Rue Al Qahira, Downtown
    tel : (212) 537 70 26 26 / 537 26 90 96
    website : http://musee.bkam.ma
    Opening Hours
    from Tuesday to Friday : 9:00 to 12:30, and 13:00 to 17:30
    Saturday : 9:00 to 12:00, and 15:00 to 18:00
    Sunday : 9:00 to 13:00, close in the afternoon
    Monday : close
  • Musée de la Céramique (Ceramics Museum), rare pieces from different places of Morocco
    Borj Benbachir in Salé
  • Musée des Oudayas, ethnographic museum
    1, Boulevard Al Marsa, Kasbah des Oudayas - tel : (212) 537 73 15 37
  • Musée National des P.T.T (National Museum of Postal Services and Telecommunication)
    Avenue Mohammed V - tel : (212) 537 70 23 74
  • Musée des Sciences de la Terre (Museum of the Earth Science)
    Ministry of Energy and Mines- tel : (212) 537 68 84 00
  • Musée ethnographique Belghazi (Belghazi Ethnographic Museum)
    km 17, Route de Kénitra, Salé Bouknadel - tel : (212) 537 82 21 78
  • Musée Maroc Télécom
    Avenue Annakhil - Hay Ryad - tel : (212) 537 71 71 71

PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS

For travelling to Morocco, a current full passport is necessary ; the nationals of European Union, Switzerland and Canada do not require a visa. As for other nationalities, it is recommended to get informations from the moroccan diplomatic representations.

No vaccination is required.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Airports
    • International Airport Mohammed V of Casablanca
      tel : (212) 522 33 90 40 / 522 33 91 40
      fax : (212) 522 33 99 01
    • Rabat-Salé Airport
      tel : (212) 537 80 80 90 / 537 80 80 89
      fax : (212) 537 80 80 94
  • Airlines
    • Royal Air Maroc - Place Mohammed V, Rabat
      Call Center : 08900 00800
      tel : (212) 537 70 80 74 / 537 70 97 66
      tel reservationl : (212) 537 70 97 10
      fax : (212) 537 70 80 76
    • Air France - 181, Avenue Mohammed V, Rabat
      tel : (212) 537 70 77 28
  • Shipping Company
    • COMANAV - 43, Avenue de l’Armée Royale 20 000, Casablanca
      tel : (212) 522 31 20 50 / 522 31 06 16
      fax : (212) 522 48 48 44
      e-mail : comanav.voyages@casanet.net.ma
  • Railway Company
    • Office National des Chemins de Fer (O.N.C.F)
      Call center : 0890 20 30 40

      website : http://www.oncf.ma
    • Rabat Ville Railway Station - Avenue Mohammed V
    • Rabat Agdal Railway Station - Rue Abderrahmane Al Ghafiqi, Agdal
  • Coach Company
    • Bus station of Kamra / C.T.M. Coaches - Avenue Hassan II, Rabat
      tel : (212) 537 79 51 24 / 537 79 58 16
  • Rental Cars
    • Budget - Rabat-Salé Airport
      tel : (212) 537 70 57 89
    • Hertz - 467, Avenue Mohammed V, Rabat
      tel : (212) 537 70 92 27
  • Mini Cabs (Petits taxis)
    • Useful as transportation inside town.
      In Rabat, the mini cabs are blue.  In Casablanca, they are red.
    • Fare in Rabat (example) :
      From the Salle Bahnini in downtown (new town) to the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse in Agdal, the fare is about 20 dirhams.
  • Tramway
    • Since December 2010, Rabat has two tram lines.
    • Line 1 (T1) connects the campus area of Madinat Al Irfane in Rabat and Hay Karima Hay in Salé, in particular serving the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco (Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc) and the Rabat Ville Railway Station.
    • Line 2 (T2) connects the area of l'Ocean of Rabat and Salé Bettana.
    • The ticket for a ride costs 6 dirhams.
    • website : http://tram-way.ma/

LODGING

RESTAURANTS

Restaurants of international cooking, moroccan gastronomy, fast food, tea rooms, ice cream shops, pancake shops, etc... Informations are avaible in Guide books of Rabat on sale in bookshops and kiosks.

TOURISM

  • Office National Marocain du Tourisme (O.N.M.T)
    Corner of Rue Zellaqa and Rue Oued Makhazine, Agdal, Rabat
    tél : (212) 537 67 40 13 / 537 67 39 18
    e-mail : contact@onmt.org.ma
    site web : http://www.visitmorocco.com
  • Monuments and Museums :   See rubric " RABAT "
  • Traditionnel crafts :
    • Rue des consuls
    • Trek el Marsa « les Oudayas »
    • Oulja, potters' village
    • The medina of Rabat
  • Sport and relaxation :
    • Royal Golf Dar Essalam
      Avenue Imam Malik, Km 9 - tel : (212) 537 75 58 64 - fax : (212) 537 75 76 71
    • Tennis, Yacht club - tel : (212) 537 72 02 64
    • Thalaforme - tel : (212) 537 63 82 94 à 96 - fax : (212) 537 63 82 97
    • Archery, equitation, hiking, aquatic sports, surfing, jet ski, pétanque (game of bowls), karting, jogging, climbing, swimming, moutain bike, etc.

PLACES OF WORSHIP

  • Mosquée Sounna - Avenue Moulay Hassan, centre ville
    Mosquée Lalla Soukaina
    Mosquée Badr - Avenue Fal ould Oumeir, Agdal
    Mosquée des Oudayas
    Etc…
  • Cathédrale Saint Pierre - Place Al Joulane
  • Grande Synagogue Talmud Torah - 9, Rue Moulay Ismail
  • Temple Protestant , evangelical church - 44, Avenue Allal ben Abdellah

POST OFFICE (Barid Al Maghrib)

  • Main post office of Rabat -  Avenue Mohammed V, Place de la Poste - tel : (212) 537 72 21 80

EMERGENCIES / MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Emergencies (SAMU de Rabat) - tel : (212) 537 73 73 73 / 537 20 85 00
  • 24 hr doctor (SOS médecins) - tel : (212) 537 20 20 20
  • 24 hr dentist (SOS dentistes) - tel : (212) 537 70 01 01
  • Night chemist (Pharmacie de la Wilaya de Rabat) : Avenue Moulay Slimane
  • Anti-Poison Center (Centre Anti-Poison) - tel : 0 801 000 180 / (212) 537 68 64 64 (24h/24)
    website : http://www.capm.ma

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