Rabat is Morocco’s capital and the country’s seventh-largest city, with a population of over 580,000 people and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million.
CNN rated the Moroccan capital second in its “Top Travel Destinations of 2013” list.
Rabat’s medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is one of Morocco’s four Imperial capitals.
Rabat – Info Card
|POPULATION :||City: 577,827 / Metro: 2,120,192|
|TIME ZONE :||GMT (UTC±0)|
|LANGUAGE :||Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French|
|RELIGION :||Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%|
|AREA :||117 km2 (45.17 sq mi)|
|ELEVATION :||0 m (0 ft) – 135 m (443 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||34°02′N 6°50′W|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49.35%|
• Female: 50.65%
|ETHNIC :||Arab-Berber 99%, other 1%|
|AREA CODE :||37|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+212 37|
|WEBSITE :||Official Website|
Tourism in Rabat
- Kasbah of the Oudaias.The Kasbah is Rabat’s oldest neighborhood. It contains tiny alleys lined with charming white and blue cottages, as well as the Andalucian Gardens and the Oudaias Museum, which is situated in a 17th-century palace. There’s also a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean.
- Hassan Tower and the Royal Mausoleum.
- Chellah. until 5:30 PM.. Carthaginians constructed the city, which was subsequently taken by the Romans and eventually fell under Arab administration, only to be abandoned and repopulated by an incredible number of birds. In the spring, this nesting site is teeming with birds, including a stork nest on the top of the ancient minaret. Historical strata may also be seen, including notable Roman and Moroccan elements. It is possible to walk there from downtown, although it is a lengthy trek.
- National Archaeological Museum.
- The Currency Museum of the Bank Al-Maghrib, Angle Avenue Allal Ben Abdellah et Rue Al-Qahira.
- Royal Palace. It is enormous; you cannot visit it (though it is a pleasant stroll); but, armed guards may let you to go from one entrance to another if you seem to be a tourist.
- Théatre Mohammed V. There is a theatre in downtown Rabat that isn’t very impressive, although there are shows every month.
- Jazz au Chellah – Each year in June, the ministry of culture, the city, and the European delegation host Jazz au Chellah, a jazz festival hosted by the ministry of culture, the city, and the European delegation. There may be some difficulties with the website.
- Mawazine is an annual global music festival in Rabat that features Arab, African, and worldwide music legends in May. It has sparked controversy, with some Muslim lawmakers accusing the gathering of “encouraging immoral behavior.” Mawazine has hosted artists such as Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Elton John, and B.B. King. Various sceneries may be seen across the city.
- Royal Golf Dar es Salaam – The 440 hectares of forests, flowers, and water make up the domain. You will like it if you have enough money, a vehicle, and are yearning for a peaceful place to wander about or play golf.
Climate of Rabat
Rabat has a Mediterranean climate with a touch of the ocean.
Rabat, which is located on the Atlantic Ocean, has a pleasant, temperate climate that varies from chilly in the winter to hot in the summer.
In December–February, the average high temperature is just 17.2 °C (63.0 °F).
Summer daytime highs are normally about 25 degrees Celsius (77.0 degrees Fahrenheit), although they may sometimes reach 30 degrees Celsius (86.0 degrees Fahrenheit), particularly during heat waves. Summer evenings are often pleasant and moderate, with temperatures ranging from 11 °C (51.8 °F) to 19 °C (66.2 °F), with temperatures seldom surpassing 20 °C (68.0 °F).
Economy of Rabat
Textile, food processing, and construction sectors are still strong in Rabat and Salé. Furthermore, tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco contribute to Rabat’s status as one of the country’s most significant towns.
Internet, Comunication in Rabat
Rabat is serviced by all of Morocco’s mobile phone operators. The most frequent are Wana, Meditel, and Maroc Telecom. Mobile phones may be purchased at any of these stores’ counters, and the majority of them do not need calling plans. Instead, recharge cards with a phone number may be purchased at corner shops. When you contact that number, the corporation deducts the cost of the card from your account balance. If customers need more than one phone number, they may purchase several SIM cards and swap them in and out of the phone.
Internet cafés: There are cyber cafes all across the city where you may go online (not in residential neighborhoods though). The hourly rate is normally approximately 1€.
Wifi: Some restaurants, such as Bert’s or the Megamall food court, provide wifi access, which is normally reserved for the more “trendy” establishments. The railway station at Rabat-Ville also has free WiFi.
Mobile Internet: Phone providers provide mobile internet services that connect to your computer’s USB connection (currently, there are no mac-compatible devices.) These services are available without a contract and are recharged in the same way that a phone is.