Town in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DSCN1353v2.JPG Lluket
Morocco (المغرب) is a kingdom in North Africa. It covers 710,850 sq km (274,460 sq mi) and also administers the territory of Western Sahara. Morocco has a population of 32.5 million people (2011 estimate). Its capital is Rabat while its biggest city is Casablanca.
Morocco is bordered by Algeria to the east and Western Sahara to the south. The Atlantic Ocean forms a coastline to the west while the Mediterranean Sea is to the north. The Strait of Gibraltar separates Morocco from Gibraltar and Spain.
Royal Palace Gate in Meknes, Morocco http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Royal_Palace,_Meknes.jpg Bernard Gagnon
Morocco observes the Western European Time, which is on Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+0) and Daylight Saving Time in summer (UTC+1). Its official currency is the Moroccan dirham (MAD). The traffic here drives on the right. The electricity here is 127-220V/50 Hz using European plug.
Morocco had an estimated 2010 nominal GDP of $104.031 billion, equivalent to a per capita nominal GDP of $3,161. Its per capita GDP at purchasing power parity stood at $5,866. The services sector accounts for more than half of Morocco's economy today, with high growth in tourism, telecommunications and information technology. Nevertheless close to half of Morocco's population are still involved in agriculture, although it accounts for just 14% of the GDP.
Todra Gorge in the High Atlas, Morocco http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Todra_Gorge2_%28js%29.jpg Jerzystrzelecki
The history of Morocco goes back thousands of years. The Berber Kingdom of Mauretania was established in northern Morocco as early as 110BC. In the 7th century the land was conquered by the Umayyad Arabs, bringing with them the Islamic faith. A series of Berber dynasties ruled Morocco from the 11th century.
Morocco was divided between the French and the Spanish following the Treaty of Fez in 1912. It regained its independence from France and Spain in 1956, and became the Kingdom of Morocco which lasts till today.
Visitors who do not need a visa for visiting Morocco include the citizens within the Schengen member states, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Mali, Mexico, New Zealand, Niger, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Tunisia, , Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela.
The main international airport for Morocco is in Casablanca. The Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca gets direct flights most major cities in Europe as well as from New York City and Montreal.
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