50 Fascinating Facts about Morocco

A sovereign state in Africa, the Kingdom of Morocco is located in the extreme northwest. Most of its 1,800-kilometer coastline faces the Atlantic Ocean, while the Mediterranean Sea accounts for around a quarter. It is the westernmost country in the Maghreb area and Africa's 25th biggest country. Nearly 34 million people call the country home, most of whom reside in the coastal cities. Rabat, the Moroccan capital, and Casablanca, the country's largest city, are two examples. Regarding GDP, Morocco is Africa's fifth-largest economy, and its currency is the Moroccan dirham. Aside from Arabic and Berber, the country's official languages include English and French.

Moroccan Facts

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The earliest official proclamation of Moroccan sovereignty dates back to 788, making it one of Africa's oldest governments.
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The city of Fez is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by the UN.
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Visitors from the UK, EU, Australia, Canada, USA, and Japan are permitted to remain in Morocco for up to three months without a Visa.
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Morocco comprises desert (Sahara), mountains (Atlas, Rif) and coastal (Atlantic, Mediterranean) areas.
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Moreover, half of Morocco's GDP is generated by the service industry.
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From Spain, you can see Morocco well on a clear day.
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Atlas Mountains of Morocco are home to Mouflon, the world's original mountain sheep species.
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Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament, like the United Kingdom and other Western countries.
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There was a time when the present-day nation was part of an ancient monarchy that included most of what is now Spain.
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Moroccan cuisine incorporates traditional ingredients and cooking methods from the Arab, Mediterranean, and Berber cultures due to the country's location and history.
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For the first time in 20 years, the Moroccan national football team has qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
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In the seaside city of Kenitra, Arab athletic pioneer and former world 1500 m and 5000 m record holder Said Aouita was born.
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Marocco has claimed control of Western Sahara, which shares a southern border. Since 1975.
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Morocco celebrates their national day on July 30th. It is known as Throne Day to commemorate the anniversary of Mohammed VI's ascension in 1999; the present king has ruled since then.
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The Festival of the Roses (Festival des Roses) is held in the Dades Valley in May to honour the yearly rose crop. A month before the actual day, when rose farmers have a clearer idea of how the harvest is progressing, the date is made public.
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Some of the country's 22 television stations only air at night, while others are high-definition reruns of older broadcasts. Cooking shows in the old-school style are quite popular.
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RedOne is a Moroccan music producer, composer, singer and entrepreneur. From Shakira to U2, he has collaborated with some of the world's most famous musicians. Nadir Khayat was born in Tetouan.
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The Gibraltar Strait divides Morocco from Spain and is approximately nine miles (14 kilometres) wide.
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There are 19 Berber ethnicities and cultures in modern Morocco, and they are woven into the country's fabric. The name Berber was well-known in ancient Greece and Rome, despite its incorporation into other cultures and religions, such as Arabic and Muslim.
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The African Union, the Arab League, and the United Nations recognise Morocco as a member state.
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Gibraltar's Barbary apes, a popular tourist attraction, are native to Morocco and the Maghreb. There are 21 of them.
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The Berber word "edge" refers to the Rif mountain range in the country's northern coastline.
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The Portuguese phrase "Casa Branca," meaning "white house," is the source of the Spanish name Casablanca. Invasion by the Portuguese in the 15th century led to the city's reconstruction.
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This dish is eaten on Fridays following the Friday prayers, which is a fundamental part of Islam. A lengthy cooking period necessitates preparation over several days.
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Allah, Al Watan, and Al-Malik is the Moroccan national slogan. This phrase means "God, Homeland, King" in the original language.
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There is a wide range of weather in Morocco. In addition to geography, Westerners try to avoid the extremes of summer and winter.
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The Arabic word for shallow pot, tajin, is the source of the word tajine. It is a term used to describe the method of preparation and the vessel used to cook and serve the food.
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Despite the country's generally stable economy, unemployment in Morocco's rural areas continues to be high.
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During Moroccan family get-togethers, it is customary to play a style of music known as Chaabi. It's a mashup of folk music from around the world, born at a marketplace.
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The Fez is a style of headgear named after the Moroccan city. Ironically, the Ottomans, who never governed Morocco, are credited with popularising it.
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Hippies in the late 1960s were enamoured with the song Marrakesh Express by Graham Nash. Cannabis has been grown in the Rif since the 7th century, despite the hymn not mentioning it.
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Cueta and Melilla are the only remaining Spanish settlements in Morocco. Morocco claims both of these territories as its own while paying taxes to Madrid.
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The highest ski resort in Africa is located in Morocco. I swear to God. Oukameden is located in the Atlas Mountains at an altitude of between 8,500 and 10,500 feet above sea level.
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In Morocco, tea is the national beverage. Many years ago, British commercial ships were forced to unload their goods after becoming trapped off the coast of the United States.
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The country's most powerful businessman and banker is also the country's king. His ancestors are among the world's wealthiest families.
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The world's first pedestrian crossing light, the Belisha Beacon, was invented by a Moroccan man, and he is buried there. Essaouira's Jewish cemetery is home to the final resting place of British politician Leslie Hore-Belisha, who died in 1957.
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The United States signed its first foreign treaty with Morocco in 1786, 10 years after its independence.
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Koura, or soccer, is the most popular sport in Morocco (Association Football). The Lions of the Atlas is the nickname given to the country's football squad.
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One can see significant ink work on the cheeks and necks of certain Moroccan traditional Berber women.
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The daisy-like canna is a native Moroccan plant. Reddish-brown leaves provide a strong crimson colour. The national flag's background colour is a shade of blue.
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l'Uzine in Casablanca, an artistic enclave in a former industrial section of the city, has created a flourishing art scene in Morocco.
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The royal family of Morocco, the Alouettes, believes they can trace their ancestry back to the Prophet Mohammed.
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US policy regards Morocco as a "major non-NATO ally," unique among African and Arab nations. This is an important recognition for Morocco.
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Tangerines are a major export from Morocco. Tangerines take their name from Tangier, a city on the Moroccan coast.
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Morocco's tourism industry is one of the country's fastest-growing sectors. Casablanca and Agadir were the two most popular destinations for visitors in Morocco between January and August 2017.
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Since the 1990s, human rights in Morocco have flourished. The country was spared the upheavals of the Arab Spring because of its comparatively free political systems.
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A devastating earthquake struck Agadir in 1960, virtually destroying the city. As a result of the restoration and reconstruction, it has grown to be a major tourist destination and a significant revenue generator.
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Moroccans consider the centre of love the body's liver, not the heart.
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The Barbary Lion is Morocco's national animal, and the team's mascot is based on it. The world's largest lions are now extinct yet were previously alive and well.
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Three Moroccans compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics: Alpine skiers Adam Lamhamedi and Sami Lamhamedi, and cross-country skiers Samir Azzimani, aka the Couscous Rocket.

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