Business Travel in Morocco
- Passport and Visa Service
Formalities for the visitors of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Diplomatic Representations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- `Small taxis' of different colour according to the cities are a practical and relatively cheap option (they are equipped with taxometers).
Buses are not very reliable and dilapidated.
- Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|Rabat - Sale (RBA)||9 km / 6 miles||private cars and shuttle vans||-||-||Available|
|Casablanca - Mohammed V (CMN)||25 km / 16 miles||MAD 200-300 / 30-40 min||MAD 20 / 45 min||MAD 35 / 30 min||Available|
|Marrakech - Menara (RAK)||6 km / 4 miles||MAD 60 / 10-15 min||MAD 3||-||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- There is a railroad in the Tangier-Fes-Marrakech triangle. Though not very fast, it is a comfortable and relatively reliable option.
Apart from this route, there exists a rather dense bus network. Best maintained are those of CTM and Supratours.
To access more isolated areas, "big taxis" must be taken. Several seats can be bought if one is in a hurry.
- Rail Companies
Railway National Office
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|Royal Air Maroc||Major||Yes||Yes|
|Jet 4 You||Low-cost||No||Yes|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- Driving during night is not recommended.
Generally, prudence is required as Moroccan drivers are unpredictable and accidents are frequent.
- Road Maps
Map of the Ministry of Transports, for each region
- Find an Itinerary
Different Forms of Tourism
- Agadir, Fes, Marrakech, Meknes, Ouarzazate, Tangier must be visited, as also numerous sites entered in the world heritage of the Unesco: the Ait-Ben-Haddou Ksar, la Essaouira medina, those of Fes, Marrakech, Tetouan, the historical city of Meknes, the Portuguese city of Mazagan and the archaeological site of Volubilis.
- One can appreciate the time-honoured works of tanner artisans in Tétouan or the special atmosphere of a riad in Marrakech. In a more modern range, there are the Arab-Andalusian or Berber musical concerts, the villa of Arts in Casablanca and the Majorelle villa at Marrakech.
- Morocco impresses by the variety of its countrysides: forests of the Rif, plains lined with orchards, and the Middle-Atlas, mountain tops of the High-Atlas, rock and sand deserts in the South.
- The Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is one of the biggest in the world.
- As of now there are only 2 important sites, Moulay Yaacoub and Sidi Harazem near Fès, but the sector is being fully developed.
- The Agadir beach, several kilometers long is world famous.
The Mediterranean beaches, around Tétouan in particular, are also very pleasant.
- Winter Sports
- Alpine skiing and ski-touring are practiced during winter in the High-Atlas, mainly in the Oukaïmeden and in the mountains of Toubkal.
- Outdoor Activities
- Possibilities are varied and significant: mountain sports (trekking, ski, rafting), sea sports (sailing, jet-ski, water-skiing), golf, parachuting, etc.
- Moroccan craft industry, in particular the carpets as also leather articles and potteries, is much appreciated. The souk of big cities offer business possibilities.
Argan oil, distinct in the world, is also sought for its numerous virtues.
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
- No vaccination is required for international voyages. The risk of malaria (exclusively in the benign form of P. vivax) is limited from May to October in certain households of certain rural areas of the following provinces: Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen, Khouribga and Taounate. Disease prevention recommended. To protect oneself against the traveler's diarrhea (tourista), it is recommended to avoid foods which are more at risk: pre-cooked dishes and cold soups; seafood, meats, undercooked fish and raw vegetables as well as fruits not peeled by oneself. Drinking water must be boiled, filtered or consumed in sealed bottles. Decontaminating tablets (Hydroclonazone, Micropur) are partially effective.
Drinking water is supplied in all the big cities and in certain villages, but it is recommended to drink mineral water. Wash fruits and vegetables carefully. Consume well done meats. Avoid bathing in the wadis and dams.
- International Hospitals
- There are relatively few international hospitals.
Nevertheless, one can cite the Cheikh Zaid International Hospital in Rabat and the Ifrane International Hospital.
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
MD Travel Health
CDC Traveler's Health
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Site of the US Department of State
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
- It is %T:%M %A In Rabat (GMT during winter and GMT+1 during summer)
- Summer Time Period
- +1h between May 31 and September 28.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
- The temperatures are mild in the coastal area and more extreme in the interior of the country.
- For Further Information
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
- Moroccan cuisine is prepared with exquisite spices, vegetables and fruits, fish and meats.
You can taste:
- Kebabs: pieces of beef or chicken marinated with spices
- Couscous: wheat flour with meat and vegetables
- Lamb barbecue: whole lamb on a skewer
- Pastilla: with pigeon, chicken or seafood (this recipe contains all the Middle-East and North-African flavours).
- Tajines: red or white meat with sauce and vegetables or dry fruits
- Tea is found everywhere. Moroccans consume green tea of China, often decorated with mint. Coffee is also found very much.
Fresh fruit juices are varied and excellent.
Alcohol is relatively rare, though the Meknès region produces pleasant wines.
- Dietary Restrictions
- Domestic Currency
- Moroccan Dirham
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
- The national currency is Dirham (MAD), currency made convertible in 1993.
- Possible Means of Payment
- Bank cards are accepted in some large institutions of the main cities.
Foreign currencies, Euro in particular, are accepted in the tourist areas
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
- 60% of the population speak Moroccan Arabic while 30% to 40% speak the Berber of the early Egyptians. Moreover, it is important to note that French is the second language of Morocco and occupies a very important place in public life. Finally, Spanish is also spoken in the north of the country. Berber is widespread and English is mainly used by Moroccans who have studied abroad (mainly in the United States).
- Business Language
- French is used with Arabic for administration.
- Getting Some Knowledge
- Speak Moroccan and Learn Moroccan Arabic - method to learn Moroccan dialectal Arabic - French/Arabic vocabulary Babel Project - French/Arabic/Amazighe vocabulary
- Free Translation Tools
Arjeeb : Dictionary and translation online
Ectaco : Online dictionary
- To Find an Accommodation
- To Find an Apartment
Morocco property directory
Morocco property directory
Morocco Real Estate
Advertising in Morocco
- To Find a Job
Bayt.com: Source for Jobs in the Middle East
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