Morocco is a heady mix of languages, cultures, religions, ancient traditions and modern sensibilities. It conjures up images of mint tea and tagine, date plantations and minarets, labyrinthine medinas and pungent spice stalls. Jimi Hendrix, Jack Kerouac and Winston Churchill were all drawn to this enticing North African nation, which continues to pique the interest of curious minds today.
At a glance
Country Full Name: Kingdom of Morocco
Currency Name: Moroccan Dirham
Languages Spoken Official: Arabic, Tamazight
Country Dialing Code: +212
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Be entertained in Djemaa El Fna, Be soothed by Jardin Majorelle, Drink in the Cascades D’Ouzoud, Enjoy Tangier’s bohemian vibe, Explore the Draa Valley, Get lost in Fez, Get windswept on the Atlantic Coast, Go birdwatching in Merja Zerga National Park, Haggle for goods in Marrakech Souk, High in the High Atlas Mountains, Kick back in Casablanca, Make a detour to Tinerhir, Marvel at Chellah in Sala Colonia, Relax in sunny Essaouira, Seek adventure in the Todra and Dades gorges, Spend lazy days in Chefchaouen, Sweat it out in the Sahara Desert, Trek through the Rif Mountains, Walk around Aït Benhaddou, Wander around Meknes and Volubilis.
Money & Costs
Moroccan Dirham (MAD; symbol Dh) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of Dh200, 100, 50, 20 and 10.
1 AED =2.56 Dh
Did you know
In Morocco, it is considered impolite to handle food with the left hand and to say no to meat if it is offered at a meal.
Moroccan Berber women still have tattoos in geometric designs on their faces, sometimes covering much of their forehead, cheeks, and necks.
Traditionally the liver, not the heart, is considered to be the symbol of love in Morocco.
Morocco is the only African country that is not a member of the African Union.
Moroccans greet foreigners with kisses on each cheek.
Best time to go
Low Season (May–Sep)
Discounts in accommodation and souqs. Domestic tourism keeps prices high on the coast.
Shoulder (Apr & Oct)
Spring sandstorms in the Sahara and persistent rain in the north. Popular elsewhere. Accommodation prices and demand jump around Easter.
High Season (Nov–Mar)
Spring and autumn are the most popular times to visit. Accommodation prices are highest. Marrakesh and the south are popular at Christmas and New Year, but the north of the country can be chilly.
Almond Blossom Festival (Feb-Mar)
International Nomads Festival(March-April)
Rose Festival (May)
Festival Gnaoua et Musiques du Monde (June)
Marrakech Popular Arts Festival (July)
International Cultural Festival (July)
Imilchil Marriage Festival (Sept)
International Film Festival Marrakech(Nov-Dec)
Morocco tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
Moroccan Consulate in Dubai :
Villa No 3, Street 8A, Jumeirah 1 , Phone:+971 4 349 6377, Website : www.moroccanconsulate-dubai.com
Moroccan Embassy in Abu Dhabi :
Al Karamah – Abu Dhabi, Phone:+971 2 443 3973
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