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Interesting Facts about The Kingdom of Morocco

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Morocco, officially called the Kingdom of Morocco, has over 36 million inhabitants (36,91 million) as of 2020. Rabat is the capital but the most important economically and the largest city is Casablanca and there are more Interesting Facts to Know About the Kingdom of Morocco.

Interesting Facts About The Kingdom of Morocco

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Among the oldest Kingdoms in the world

After many dynasties, the Alaouite Dynasty is the ruling family of Morocco since the 17th century and Mohamed VI is the current King of the country since 1999. 

The University of al-Qarawiyyin

The University of al-Qarawiyyin is the oldest still existing University in the world and was founded in 859 AD in Fes city by a woman called Fatima al-Fihri.

Morocco has a wide range of landscapes

Morocco, thanks to its diversity in nature and landscapes, has beautiful beaches, high mountains, desert landscapes, lush oases as well as snowy landscapes.

A high number of tourists every year

There are more than 10 million visitors to the Kingdom every year. Many tourists coming to the country are exploring many places such as Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca, Agadir, Fes, Chefchaouen, and the Sahara desert.

Moroccan daily communication is not Arabic

All Moroccans speak Moroccan Arabic, and around 40% of the population also speak the Berber language. You may find some older people in far away Berber villages who do not speak Moroccan Arabic very well.

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99% of the population are Muslims

Almost all Moroccans are Muslims, and Islam is well integrated into their daily life and culture.  Islam is the official state religion, but the freedom to worship and the congregation is given to anyone by the Moroccan constitution. 

Chefchaouen, a city painted in blue color 

Chefchaouen is a must-visit beautiful town in Morocco filled with bluewashed houses and charming old alleys. The blue city, full of photography spots, is an interesting destination for photographers and the locals are very friendly.

The most common beverage is Mint Tea

Morocco is a Muslim country and alcohol consumption is quite uncommon because Islam forbids that. So, Mint Tea, nicknamed “The Moroccan Whiskey”, is the most popular drink, and Moroccans may drink it at any time during the day.

The capital is not the largest city in Morocco

Rabat is the capital of Morocco with Islamic and French-colonial architecture influence. But, Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and more important economically than the capital.

The only exporter of Argan Oil in the world

The Argan tree is only endemic to Morocco, and as a user of hair products, you may find a lot of them containing Argan Oil, which is very used in these products. 

Skiing is possible in Morocco!

Morocco is among the best holiday destinations for sunbathing. But skiing is also possible. Oukaimeden is the most popular ski resort, and the best time to go skiing is between January and March.

What is so unique about Morocco is that you can experience the cold in the mountains and the heat in the desert on the same day.

The first country to recognize the United States

Morocco has and still has very good relations with the united states, and it was the first nation to recognize the newly independent united states in 1777.

Home of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Morocco has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Archaeological Site of Volubilis (1997), Historic City of Meknes (1996), Essaouira city Medina (2001), Fes city Medina (1981), Ait-Ben-Haddou Kasbah (1987), Medina of Marrakech,…etc.

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