Morocco

 
Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Africa  :  Morocco
 
Morocco, is a country in North Africa with a population of 33,241,259. It has a coast on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has international borders with Algeria to the east, and Mauritania to the south.

Morocco is the only African country that is not currently a member of the African Union. However, it is a member of the Arab League, Arab Maghreb Union, the Francophonie, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Mediterranean Dialogue group, and Group of 77, and is a major non-NATO ally of the United States.

The full Arabic name Al-Mamlaka al-Maghribiya translates to "The Western Kingdom." Al-Maghrib (meaning "The West") is commonly used.

For historical references, medieval Arab historians and geographers used to refer to Morocco as Al-Maghrib al Aqsa ("The Farthest West"), disambiguating it from neighboring historical regions called al-Maghrib al Awsat ("The Middle West", Algeria) and al-Maghrib al Adna ("The Nearest West", Tunisia).

The latinized name "Morocco" originates from medieval Latin "Morroch," which referred to the name of the former Almoravid and Almohad capital, Marrakech. The Persians straightforwardly call it "Marrakech" while the Turks call it "Fas" which comes from the ancient Idrisid and Marinid capital, Fès.

It is that the word "Marrakech" is presumably derived from the Berber word Mur-Akush meaning Land of God. Source


Morocco Facts

Population: 32 million

Capital: Rabat

Currency: Moroccan Dirham

Area: 446,550 km2

Language: Arabic
 
Main Religion: Muslim

Calling Code: +212

Time Zone: GMT +0

Main Cities: Rabat, Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech, Tangier