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Morocco

Background

Morocco

In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, successive Moorish dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad AL-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. The Alaouite dynasty, to which the current Moroccan royal family belongs, established a sultanate in Morocco beginning in the 17th century. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Sultan MOHAMMED V, the current monarch's grandfather, organized the new state as a constitutional monarchy and in 1957 assumed the title of King. Morocco annexed Western Sahara during the late 1970s, but final resolution on the status of the territory remains unresolved. Gradual political reforms in the 1990s resulted in the establishment of a bicameral legislature, which first met in 1997. Under King MOHAMMED VI - who in 1999 succeeded his father to the throne - human rights have improved. Morocco enjoys a moderately free press, but the government occasionally takes action against journalists who report on three broad subjects considered to be taboo the monarchy, Islam, and the status of Western Sahara. Despite the continuing reforms, ultimate authority remains in the hands of the monarch.

About

Morocco (المغرب al-Maghreb) is a North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has borders with Western Sahara to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north. It is just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Gibraltar.

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Featured journals from

Morocco

A Sea of Sand

by zohar

Sahara, Morocco

Apr 2010  »  Morocco

Long Nile cruise from Cairo to Aswan

by egypttravelexpert

Discover all Egypt through Long Nile Cruise Holiday from Cairo to Aswan. 600 Miles from Cairo to Aswan along the Nile following the footsteps of the Pharaohs. In an unforgettable journey through the Nile to discover the wonders of ancient Egypt. http://www.lookategypttours.com/travel/long-nile-cruise-holiday-from-cairo-to-aswan/

Dec 2016 - Dec 2017  »  Egypt | United States | Morocco

Morocco Travel Marrakech Camel Trekking Fes Camel Treking , 8 Day Tours morocco

by sahara

Your Best Online Guide To Morocco Morocco is a country rich in history, culture and scenery with many areas of outstanding natural beauty, until recently unknown except to a few foreigners'. It is a country of 'Hospitality'. Sahara Magic offers custom and packaged tours of Morocco to individuals and groups. Sahara Magic can arrange bespoke tours, national cuisine tours, camel tours, combined tours, historical, cultural, nature ... You can specify requirement, dates and standard of accommodation. Sahara Magic provides wide range of tours, and have been designed for you according to the period of your stay-one day tours , 3 day , 5 day, 7 day, 8day or more day.... We organize bivouacs into the desert, and we accompany you in an unforgettable safari on the sahara. Camel Trekking -bivouac- Erg chebbi sand dunes - South Morocco the Nomades" invites you to discover the magic of the Berber country and to see the desert through a window of authenticity. A trip like nothing else you have experienced! We organize excursions to Morocco and to the Sahara and if you prefer you can personalize your itinerary. We offer nomad tents and private bivouac in our own oasis inside the dunes of Erg Chebbi Merzouga. Hassan can also help you plan your trip to Morocco. With many years of experience, he can help arrange transport, accommodation or whatever else you might need while in Morocco. Hassan speaks English and italian , spanish and franch and berbere ,Arabic. http://www.sahara-magic.com

Oct 2010  »  Morocco

Iberia and Beyond

by TheLiliens

Are We Getting Too Old to Do These Unstructured Trips? Gosh, We Hope Not! We start this adventure with a brief visit to Madrid, escorting 40 high schoolers who are participating in a language exchange programme. Once our escorting duties have been fulfilled, we will travel to Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, which are located in the Atlantic off the coasts of Africa and Spain. From there, we are uncertain, but likely will re-visit Morocco, and hopefully spend an extended time in Portugal. All this may change as the trip progresses. The only thing we know for certain is that we'll be home on March 19th, and that we will undoubtedly have an adventure along the way. Thanks for joining us on the journey.

Feb 2018 - Mar 2018  »  Canada | Spain | Morocco

Atlas and Sahara Tours

by atlasandsaharatours

Sahara Tours

Aug 2017  »  Morocco

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Morocco

MoroccoRiad Al Assala Medina 

Arsat Molay Moussa, rue du dispensaire
et rue sequaia N#19
Marrakech 40000
Morocco

Price (US$): $190 - $394 / night

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Location. Located in central Marrakech, Riad Al Assala Medina is near the airport and within walking distance of Djemaa el Fna and Koutoubia Minaret. Nearby points of interest also include Dar Si Said Museum and El Badi Palace. Property Features. Dining options at Riad Al Assala Medina include a restaurant and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Complimentary wireless… more »

MoroccoSelman Marrakech 

BP 24 530 Marrakech Atlas Km 5
Route D'Amizmiz
Marrakech 40160
Morocco

Price (US$): $410 - $977 / night

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Location. Selman Marrakech is located in Marrakech's Agdal neighborhood, close to Agdal Gardens, Djemaa el Fna, and Saadian Tombs. Nearby points of interest also include El Badi Palace and Bahia Palace. Hotel Features. Dining options at Selman Marrakech include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves continental breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a sauna, and a steam… more »

MoroccoPullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa 

Km 6 Route de Fes
BP 658 Gueliz
Marrakech 40000
Morocco

Price (US$): $118 - $263 / night

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Location. Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa is a business friendly hotel located in Marrakech's Palm Groves neighborhood and local attractions include Bab Debbagh, Djemaa el Fna, and Palais des Congres. Other area points of interest include Marrakesh Museum and Ben Youssef Mosque. Hotel Features. Pullman Marrakech Palmeraie Resort and Spa features a coffee shop/cafĂ©. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves continental breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… more »

MoroccoRyad Mogador Menara and Spa 

Avenue Mohamed Vi
Marrakech 40000
Morocco

Price (US$): $77 - $269 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Ryad Mogador Menara and Spa is located in Marrakech's Hivernage neighborhood and close to Palais des Congres, Grand Poste Gueliz, and Djemaa el Fna. Nearby points of interest also include Menara Gardens and Koutoubia Minaret. Hotel Features. Dining options at Ryad Mogador Menara and Spa include 3 restaurants. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and a sauna… more »

MoroccoLe Riad Monceau 

7/8 Derb Chaabane-Riad Zitoun Lakdim
Marrakech 40000
Morocco

Price (US$): $222 - $343 / night

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Location. Le Riad Monceau is located in Marrakech's Medina neighborhood, close to Dar Tiskiwin Museum, Djemaa el Fna, and Dar Si Said Museum. Nearby points of interest also include Bahia Palace and Koutoubia Minaret. Property Features. Le Riad Monceau features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. The riad serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Spa amenities include spa services, massage/treatment rooms,… more »

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Morocco

Full name
Kingdom of Morocco
Capital
Rabat
Location

Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara

Geographic coordinates

32 00 N, 5 00 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than California

Border countries

Algeria 1,559 km, Western Sahara 443 km, Spain (Ceuta) 6.3 km, Spain (Melilla) 9.6 km

Coastline

1,835 km

Climate

Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior

Terrain

northern coast and interior are mountainous with large areas of bordering plateaus, intermontane valleys, and rich coastal plains

Lowest point

Sebkha Tah -55 m

Highest point

Jebel Toubkal 4,165 m

Natural resources

phosphates, iron ore, manganese, lead, zinc, fish, salt

Population

31,627,428 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Arab-Berber 99.1%, other 0.7%, Jewish 0.2%

Religions

Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%

Languages

Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

2 March 1956 (from France)

National holiday

Throne Day (accession of King MOHAMMED VI to the throne), 30 July (1999)

Chief of state

King MOHAMMED VI (since 30 July 1999)

Head of government

Prime Minister Abbas EL FASSI (since 19 September 2007)

Internet country code

.ma

Internet users

13.213 million (2009)

Airports

58 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Casablanca, Jorf Lasfar, Mohammedia, Safi, Tangier

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