Morocco has been chosen as a shooting location of several successful movies and even series and perhaps, that is one of the reasons why you have chosen this country. So, we are here to provide you some information before you actually travel to the country. We believe that these information would be of great help for you somehow during your stay there.
Morocco is located in the Northwest Africa, bordering Algerian to the East, Atlantic Ocean to the West, Mediterranean Sea to the North and Mauritania to the South. Geographically speaking, it is a very big country and in here, you can find a variety of landscapes. It is also considered to be mountainous and so, you can likely expect that you would be having mountains as a background. Here, you can search for an oasis, go trekking while riding the camel, surf the ocean and even hike the palm grove. There are so many things that you can do in this country.
The capital of Morocco is Rabat and not Casablanca, which is only the economic and business capital of the country. Rabat is the home of the most prestigious organizations, foreign embassies and academic institutions in the country including the Mohammed V. University. It is also the city where the parliament is held and where the big decisions are made like approving the budgets and laws. Throughout the years, it has served as an important economic center and tourist destination in the country. After all, in here, you can find world class restaurants and markets as well as historic sites that will surely bring you back in time.
Based on the estimates of the United Nations, the current population of the country is 35,203,036 as of May 31, 2017. Hence, the population in the country is now equivalent to 0.4% of the total population of the world. In addition to that, it is also projected that the population would continue to increase by the beginning of 2018. Nevertheless, this increase in population is viewed in a positive light as this means that the number of births would exceed the number of death.
Religion The majority of the people who are residing in Morocco are Islam – Sunni in particular. Islam is an Arabic word that means obedience, submission and surrender, so the people here are obedient followers who have submitted themselves to Allah. On the other hand, Islam is also a word that literally means peace. So, the people there believe that they can only find real peace not only of mind but also of body by submitting themselves to Allah. Hence, here, you can find a lot of mosque, a place that the Muslim goes to for worshipping. However, they are not open for Christians and other religions, with the exception of the Hassan II Mosque were visitor tours are allowed at certain times a day. In addition to that, if you are a non-Muslim and you plan to visit the holy town of Moulay Idriss, then there is a need for you to know that you are not allowed to stay the night.
The government in Morocco is considered to be parliamentary constitutional monarchy and so, the one who serves as the head of the government is the Prime Minister. This kind of government is also a multiparty system. Hence, the government is the one who exercises executive power.
Unless you have been to Morocco several times already and you are already very familiar of the place or you would be going for a vacation there with a tour guide, for sure, you would be needing some help from the locals. Hence, you need to know what language they speak in order for you to converse with them easily. Well, the language that Moroccans speak is a combination of Berber, French, Arabic and English. However, the official language of Morocco is Moroccan Arabic and this is different from the classical Arabic. So, as you are going on a trip to the country, try to learn at least the basic Moroccan Arabic.
On the other hand, English is also an emerging language, especially in the larger cities. In fact, hotels and museums in larger cities tend to have a staff who can speak English. However, if you are dining in a restaurant here, you cannot expect that their menu would come in English. Now, if you can’t speak English or the Moroccan Arabic but you can speak French, then you would not have a hard time conversing with the natives for French is considered to be the unofficial second language of the country while speaking Spanish can help you if you would be travelling in the North.
These are just some of the basic information that you should know about Morocco. By knowing and learning these things, you would be able to understand the country and it’s people more. It would also help you survive as you travel around the country.