Key Country Facts
Marrakech, Rabat, Casablanca, Chefchaouen
Top exports: cars, insulated wire, phosphoric acid, mixed mineral or chemical fertilizers, and calcium phosphates
In Morocco, the capital is Rabat and the population is about 34.38 million (2015). The official language is Arabic, but French is also spoken and Spanish speakers can be found in northern parts of the country. The dominant religion is Islam. Morocco’s top exports are cars, insulated wire, phosphoric acid, mixed mineral or chemical fertilizers, and calcium phosphates. The time zone is 5 hours ahead of EST.
Morocco is one of the countries in Africa that is deemed to be malaria free, with only a few unsupported rumors of Malaria near the Atlas mountains up north. Also interesting is that Morocco is very close to Spain – a ferry ride from Tangier to Tarifa takes only an hour, making it a great place for travelers to go for an afternoon on the beach in Spain.
Travelers should be aware that it is considered rude to handle food with your left hand in Morocco, as this hand is used for going to the bathroom and for cleaning things.
A must-see in Morocco a desert tour, where travelers can ride on camelback and camp under the stars. Visitors who speak French can find some very well-priced tour programs in French for different activities throughout Morocco, usually meeting by bus at stations in Marrakech, Rabat, or Casablanca. Another must-see is Chefchaouen, also known as the blue city. This little gem sits in the Rif mountains and is a great area for hiking and exploring.