ABOUT MOROCCO

An exciting and interesting place to visit !

Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a country of dizzying diversity. Its rich culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, Jewish, European and Africain influences.

Morocco is in the western Maghreb region of North Africa. The country is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in west, by the Mediterranean Sea in north, by Algeria in east and in south by Mauritania. It is the only African country with coastal exposure to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Morocco offers a taste of exotica for travelers. The country combines tradition and modernity and it boasts a combination of natural wonders, windy old medinas and an immense history.

Morocco’s ancient kasbahs, historic cities, Roman ruins, breathtaking waterfalls, camel treks, overnight stays in the Sahara by an oasis and mountainous regions where one can hike or ski make it a diversified place to consider traveling to Morocco.

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  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco

Morocco is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites

  1. Archeological Site of Volubilis (1997)
  2. Historic City of Meknes (1996)
  3. Ksar of Ait ben Haddou (1987)
  4. Medina of Fez (1981)
  5. Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador) (2001)
  6. Portuguese city of Mazagan (El Jadida) (2004)
  7. Medina of Marrakesh (1985)
  8. Medina of Tetouan (1997)
  9. Arganeraie Biospher Reserve (1998)
  10. Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City (2012)
  • LANGUAGE IN MOROCCO

The official language are arabic and Amazigh (also called Berber). Berber is the language of the country’s first inhabitants. Moroccan arabic (Darija) is the most common everyday language. French is widely spoken throughout the Country except in the northern regions where  spanich is more predominant. You will find that most people you encounter during your stay will speak mostly french and a litte bit english.

Some useful words and expressions in arabic (moroccan darija) :

Français English Moroccan Darija
Bonjour / Bonsoir Good morning / Good evening Salam Alekum / Msal’khir
Comment allez-vous ? How are you? Labass
Très bien, merci, et vous ? Fine, thank you, and you? Labass hamdoullah
Parlez-vous français/anglais ? Do you speek french or english Ouech tat hdar françawiya ? Oula engliziya ?
Je comprends/ Je ne comprends pas I understand / I don’t understand Fhamt / Ma Fhamtch
Pardon Sorry Smahli
Au revoir BY Bsslama
Bienvenue Welcome Marhba
Merci (beaucoup) Thank You Choukran (choukran bezaf)
Excusez-moi/SVP Sorry/Please Smahli / Afak
Je suis Français(e) I’m french Ana françawiya
Je m’appelle… My name is … smiyti
Non merci No thank you La choukran
Oui/Non YEs/No Wakha / La
De rien / Je vous en prie Not at all / You are welcome La choukran aâla ouajib / marhba
Bonne journée ! Have a nice day ! Lay i aâouen !/Nahar Said
Commerce /Trade/ تجارة
C’est combien ? How much is it? Bch-hal
C’est très bon marché It is very cheap R-khiss
C’est trop cher ! It is too expensive! Ghali bezaf !
Pouvez-vous baisser le prix ? Can you lower the price? N-kass taman afak
Je voudrais acheter … ça, celui-ci ! I would like to buy … this one! Brit nchri hada !
J’adore/ Je déteste I like it / I don’t like it Aâjabni / Ma aâjabnich
Argent Money Flouss
Je ne fais que regarder. I’m just looking around. Ghir tan chouf
means of transport/ moyens de transports/ وسائل النقل
Je voudrais aller… I would like to go to … Brit Nemchi
Avion Plane Tiyara
Bateau Boat Bato
Train Train Traine
Taxi Taxi Taxi
Bus Bus Tobis
Je voudrais louer… I would like to rent … B-ghit N-kri
Moto Motorbike Motor
Voiture Car Tomobile
Vélo Bike Bichklita
Directions/Directions/ الاتجاهات
Où est… ? / Comment aller à… ? Where is…? / How can I get to…? Fayne ? / Kif nemchi li… ?
Banque Bank Banka
Gare Train station Mahata
Centre-ville Centre Ouassit el medina
Hôtel Hotel Foundouk
Hôpital Hospital Sbitar
Est-ce près/loin ? Is it close / far? Ouech krib / biîd
Tout droit Straight ahead Nichan
Gauche/Droite Left / Right Lissar / Limen
Nord/Sud/Est/Ouest North / South / East / West Chamal / Janoub / Chark / Gharb
un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf et dix one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten ouahed, jouj, tlata, rbaâ, chamsa, sita, seba (ne s’écrit pas en alphabet latin), tamaniya, tassoud, achra
vingt, trente, quarante, cinquante, soixante twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty tmanin, tlatin, rabin, khamsin, settin
soixante-dix, quatre-vingts, quatre-vingt-dix seventy, eighty, ninety sabin, tmanin, tassin
Cent One hundred miya
Quelle heure est-il ? What time is it? Ch-hal hadi fi saâ ?
Quand ? When? Foukach ?
Hier Yesterday Lbareh
Aujourd’hui (matin/midi/soir) Today (morning/midday/evening) Lioum
Demain Tomorrow Ghadda
Lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi, dimanche Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday Tnin , tlat , lalbeê, khmiss, joumouaâ, sebt, had
Je suis ici en vacances / en voyage I am here on vacation Ana hna fil outla / Ana mssafr
Je suis ici pour le travail / pour affaires I am here for business Ana hna li el khadma
Les heures de repas/ meal times/أوقات الوجبات
J’ai faim/j’ai soif I am hungry / I am thirsty Fiya Jouû / Fiya el êtach
Bon appétit Enjoy Bssaha !
Santé ! Cheers! Bssaha !
C’était délicieux ! It was delicious Lay i âtik ssaha !
Qu’est-ce que vous me recommandez? What can you recommend? ach tat oussi ?
Je suis végétarien I am vegeterian Ma tan akoulch el lham
Sans épice ! (Je n’aime pas les épices) Not spicy please (I don’t like spices) Bla aâtriya ! (Ma tan bghich al atriya)
C’est trop chaud ! It’s too hot S-khoun bezaf !
Je suis allergique I am allergic Fiya al hassassiya
Fruit de mer Sea food « Froui dmer » : crouvite
Cacahuète Peanuts Cacaouit
Gluten Gluten Gluten
Je voudrais… I would like… B-ghit
Eau Water El Ma
Thé/café Tee / Coffee Atay / Kahwa
Bière/vin Beer / Wine Birra / Vin
L’addition, SVP The bill, please Bch-hal aâfak
Santé/Health/ الصحة
J’ai besoin de voir un médecin. I need to see a doctor. H-tajit nchouf el tabib
Appelez un médecin/ambulance Call an ambulance / Call 911 Aâyak L tabib / ambulance !
Où est l’hôpital ? Where is the hospital? Fayne Sbitar
Je ne me sens pas très bien I do not feel very good Hassa brassi eêyana !
J’ai mal ici It hurts here Fiya loujaâ hna
Où sont les toilettes ? Where can I find the restrooms? Fin kqynq toilet ?
A l’aide ! Help! Aâtkouni !
Police Police Boulice
Danger Danger Khatar
Je suis perdu(e) I’m lost Jlit rassi
Autres expressions/ other expressions/تعبيرات أخرى
S’il te plaît Please 3afak
Merci Thank you Shokran
Je t’aime I love you Kanbghik
Tu me manques I miss you Twe77eshtek
Beaucoup A lot Bezzaf
Un peu A little Shwiya
D’accord Okey Wakha
Maintenant Now Daba
Pas maintenant Not now Mashi daba
Ou                              Or Awla
Et And W
Ce n’est pas un problème It’s not a problem Mashi moshkil
Ce n’est pas moi It’s not me Mashi ana
Je veux… I want ….. Bghit…
Je ne veux pas… I do not want Ma bghitsh…
J’ai terminé I’m done Salit
Je n’ai pas terminé I’m not finished Ma salitsh
Joli / Beau Pretty/Beautiful Zwin
Mauvais/Moche (Masculin singulier) Bad/Ugly Khayb
Bon/Bien Good/well Mezyan
Excuse-moi Excuse me Sme7 lia (s’adressant au masculin)
Sem7i lia (s’adressant au féminin)
Je ne parle pas arabe I don’t speak arabic Ma kanhdersh l3erbia
Est-ce que tu me comprends ? Do you understand me ? Fhemtini?
Je n’ai pas d’argent I have no money Ma 3ndish leflouss
Prends (ça) Take Hak (s’adressant au masculin)
Haki (s’adressant au féminin)
Donne-moi… Give me 3tini…
Je sais I know 3reft
Je ne sais pas I don’t know Ma 3reftsh
J’ai oublié I forgot Nsit
Je dois y aller I have to go Khasni nmshi
C’est ton tour It’s your turn Noubtek
C’est mon tour It’s my turn Noubti
Je suis fatigué / Je suis fatiguée I’m tired 3yit
Où sont les toilettes ? Where are the toilets ? Fin kayna twalit ?
Félicitations Congratulations Mebrouk
Peux-tu m’aider ? Can you hepl me ? Tqdr t3awenni? (s’adressant au masculin)
Tqdri t3awenini? (s’adressant au féminin)
Je cherche… I look for Kanqelleb 3ela…
Je n’ai pas trouvé… I did not find Ma lqitsh…
Entendu/Ça suffit Heard/ That’s enough Safi
Il fait froid It’s cold Kayn lberd
Doucement/Lentement Gently / Slowly Beshwia
Plus vite Faster Bezzerba
Peut-être May be Imken
Bien sûr Of course Tab3an / Akid
J’ai un problème I have a problem 3endi moshkila
Qu’est-ce que tu en penses ? What do you think about it? Ashno ban lik?
Qu’est-ce que tu as dit ? What did you say? Ashno guelti?
Plus vite Faster Bezzerba

 

  • MONEY AND CURRENCY

Banknotes and coins

Morocco has the following banknotes: 20 dhs, 50 dhs, 100 dhs and 200 dhs. The coins in circulation are : 0.5, 1, 5, 10 and 20 sentimat and 0.50, 1, 2, 5 and 10 dirhams. The coins of 1 santim are no longer minted.

ATMS and banks

Banks and cash machines are found throughout the city and are widely available. Credit cards are accepted in most midrange hotels and above, and at top-end restaurants.

ATMs (guichets automatiques) are the easiest way to access your money in Morocco.

A common sight even in the smallest towns, virtually all accept Visa, MasterCard, Electron, Cirrus, Maestro and InterBank cards. Most banks charge you for withdrawing money from foreign cash machines; check before travelling. All the moroccan banks offer reliable service.

The amount of money you can withdraw from an ATM generally depends on the conditions attached to your card; machines will dispense no more than Dh2000 at a time.

Cash

You’ll need to carry some cash with you. Many riads accept payment in euros, but often at less preferential rates than you can get at the bank.

The endless supply of small coins may be annoying, but they’re handy for taxis, tips and guides.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards are widely accepted in the main tourist centres.

The main credit cards are MasterCard and Visa; if you plan to rely on plastic cards, the best bet is to take one of each. Many large bank branches will give you cash advances on Visa and MasterCard. Take your passport with you.

Currency

The Moroccan currency is the dirham (Dh), which is divided into 100 centimes.

You will find notes in denominations of Dh20, Dh50, Dh100 and Dh200. Coins come in denominations of Dh1, Dh2, Dh5 and Dh10, as well as, less frequently, 10, 20 and 50 centimes. Break big notes whenever possible.

The dirham is a restricted currency, meaning that it cannot be taken out of the country and is not available abroad. The dirham is fairly stable, with no major fluctuations in exchange rates. Euros, US dollars and British pounds are the most easily exchanged currencies.

Where to exchange currency?

The best exchange rates are normally found in the bureaux de change in Jemaa el-Fnaa. The exchange rates are normally higher at the airport and hotels.

Owing to the importance of the tourism industry in Marrakech, some riads only accept euros.

Exchange rate

The current exchange rate is approximately 11 dirhams = 1 euro.

Check out the daily currency exchange rate here. currency exchange rate here.