Morocco is located in North Africa and has a population of 33 million. Including the disputed Western Sahara, its area is 710,850 sq. km. Morocco claims the territory of Western Sahara, the political status of which is considered undetermined by the US Government; portions of the regions Guelmim-Es Smara and Laayoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra as claimed by Morocco lie within Western Sahara; Morocco also claims Oued Eddahab-Lagouira, another region that falls entirely within Western Sahara.
Morocco borders the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.
Official languages: Arabic, Berber
Native languages: Moroccan Arabic; Berber; Hassaniya Arabic
Currency: Moroccan dirham
Dialing code: +212
Time Zone: GMT ( UTC )
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