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Identity card of Morocco

Name Kingdom of Morocco
Surface 710.850 Km2
Population 34 million of inhabitants
Capital Rabat
Languages Arabic, Amazigh, French, Spanish, English
Religion Islam
National Day July 30
Currency Dirham (MAD)
1 euro €= about 11 dirhams (MAD)
1 US dollar USD= about 9 dirhams (MAD)
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
Shops are generally open from 8:30 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 20:00 and more.

 

VISA AND VACCINATION TO STAY IN MOROCCO

For travelling to Morocco, a current full passport is necessary; the nationals of European Union, Switzerland and Canada are exempt from visa.

As for other nationalities :

  • It is recommended to get informations from the Moroccan diplomatic representations.
  • No vaccination is required.

Website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation : www.diplomatie.ma

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 Mohammed VI d’Art moderne et contemporain : expositions d’artistes étrangers et marocains
    Avenue Moulay Hassan, Centre Ville
    tel : +212 (0) 537 769047
    website : http://www.fnm.ma/musee-mohammed-vi-dart-moderne-et-contemporain/
  • Musée de l’histoire et des civilisations (Musée archéologique) : il retrace l’histoire du Maroc.
    Avenue Yacoub el Mansour, Centre Ville
    tel : +212 (0) 537 70 19 19
    website : http://www.fnm.ma/musee-archeologique-de-rabat/
  • Villa des Arts de Rabat
    10, Rue Beni Mellal , Angle Avenue Mohammed V, Centre Ville
    tel : +212 (0) 537 66 85 79 à 82
    website : http://www.fondationona.ma/fr/espaces-culturels/villa-des-arts-de-rabat/site-et-architecture
  • Musée de la Monnaie de Bank Al-Maghrib : une collection numismatique témoignant de 2500 ans d'histoire
    277, Angle Avenue Mohammed V et Rue Al Qahira, Centre Ville
    tel : +212 (0) 537 70 26 26 / 537 26 90 96
    website : http://musee.bkam.ma
  • Musée régional de la Céramique : pièces rares de diverses régions du Maroc
    Borj Benbachir à Salé
  • Musée des Sciences de la Terre
    Ministère de l’Energie et des Mines, Quartier administratif d’Agdal
    tel : +212 (0) 537 68 84 00
  • Musée Maroc Télécom
    Avenue Annakhil, Hay Ryad
    tel : +212 (0) 537 71 71 71

MAP OF RABAT

PRACTICAL INFORMATIONS

TRANSPORTATION

  • Airports
    • International Airport Mohammed V of Casablanca
      website : www.aeroportdecasablanca.com
      tel : +212 (0) 522 33 90 40 / 522 33 91 40
      fax : +212 (0) 522 33 99 01
    • Served by train to Casablanca and Rabat;  Timetable available on the ONCF website www.oncf.ma , Price 100 to 120.00 dirhams.
    • Rabat-Salé Airport
      website : www.aéroportrabat.com
      tel : +212 (0) 537 80 80 90 / 537 80 80 89
      fax : +212 (0) 537 80 80 94
    • Served by shuttle bus to the center of Rabat (20.00 dirhams) and Grands taxis (150.00  dirhams).  
  • Railway Stations
    • Office National des Chemins de Fer (O.N.C.F)
      website : http://www.oncf.ma
      Call center : 0890 20 30 40
    • 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 (0) 537 79 51 24 / 537 79 58 16
  • Rental Cars
    • Budget - Rabat-Salé Airport
      tel : +212 (0) 537 70 57 89
    • Hertz - 467, Avenue Mohammed V, Rabat
      tel : +212 (0) 537 70 92 27
  • Cabs
    • Taxi Service : +212 (0) 6 00 07 77 77
      Petits taxis (mini cabs, local city taxis) : +212 (0) 6 75 00 00 01
    • Useful as transportation inside town.
      In Rabat, the mini cabs are blue.  In Casablanca, they are red.
    • Fare in Rabat (example) :
      From downtown (new town) to the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse in Agdal, the fare is about 15 to 20 dirhams.
    • Grands Taxis (extra urban taxis)
      Taxi Boux : +212 (0) 6 61 39 50 49
      Taxi Brikil : +212 (0) 6 68 92 91 23
  • Car booking application (with drivers)
    • Careem
  • Tramway
    • 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

  • 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 (0) 537 75 58 64 - fax : +212 (0) 537 75 76 71
    • Tennis, Yacht club - tel : +212 (0) 537 72 02 64
    • Thalaforme - tel : +212 (0) 537 63 82 94 à 96 - fax : +212 (0) 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 (0) 537 72 21 80

EMERGENCIES / MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Emergencies (SAMU de Rabat) - tel : +212 (0) 537 73 73 73 / 537 20 85 00
  • 24 hr doctor (SOS médecins) - tel : +212 (0) ) 537 777 333
  • 24 hr dentist (SOS dentistes) - tel : +212 (0) 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 (0) 537 68 64 64 (24h/24)
    website : http://www.capm.ma

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