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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
Approximately 50,000 foreigners, including 28,000 French.
They are particularly concentrated in Casablanca and Rabat, as well as in old districts of historical cities, Marrakech in particular, and on the coasts. One finds an important community of pensioners.
Blogs For Expats
Allo Expat
Expat Focus
Hotel reservation websites
Immigration Authority
Department of Foreigners of the Commission of the Province
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Bailly moving

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
According to the latest available edition of the Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Casablanca and Rabat are ranked 158th and 174th respectively out of 227 cities worldwide in terms of cost of living.
Quality of Life
According to the latest available edition of the Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Rabat is ranked 117th out of 231 cities worldwide in terms of quality of living.
Hotel reservation websites
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)

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Renting an Apartment

Average Lease Term
Term of the lease is 3 years minimum for a vacant apartment.
No rules for a furnished apartment.
Average Rental Costs
All depends on the type of location.
Price is sometimes negotiable.
Rental Agency Websites
Hotel reservation websites

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School System

The Education System
The system is derived from the French system. Primary education (from 6 to 10 years) in Arabic is supplemented by a secondary education in the school (10-14 years) and secondary school (15-18 years) leading to the A levels. Then one can enter the university where French is dominating in majority of the matters. ;
Strong disparities are observed between the teaching level in the cities and in the countryside.
International Schools
An important network of French schools (called "Missions") from the kindergarten to the final year. Spanish schools have developed. Finally, 2 American schools (Casablanca and Rabat) offer many departments.
Hotel reservation websites
Department of Education
American Schools, on the CAS site

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Health System

The Healthcare System
Hospitals in big cities are decent, though certain specialties are not always available.
On the other hand, in the rural areas, the quality and quantity of health infrastructures are problematical.
International Hospitals
There are relatively few international hospitals.
Nevertheless, one can go to the Cheikh Zaid International Hospital in Rabat and the Ifrane International Hospital.
Health System Insurance Body
Health Insurance National Agency (ANAM)
Health Ministry
Health Ministry

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

There are many sites in Morocco that are UNESCO Heritage listed.
The archaeological site of Volubilis was once an ancient Roman town. Its closest city is Meknes, near Fez and Rabat.
Chefchaouen is the well-known city of blue-washed homes: it is also a major place to buy local handicrafts, such as wool garments and woven blankets.
Aït Benhaddou is an ancient fortified city of Ouarzazate along the historic caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara desert.
Jemma El-Fnaa in Marrakech is a giant square where you can find musicians, artists and dancers all in one place.
In Fez, the Medina is a UNESCO Heritage Site where you can find a maze of souks with stalls that have been owned by families for generations.
One can appreciate the time-honoured works of tanner artisans in Tétouan. In a more modern range, there are the Arab-Andalusian and Berber musical concerts, the Villa of Arts in Casablanca and the Majorelle Villa at Marrakech.
There are an impressive variety of countrysides in Morocco, including the forests of the Rif, plains lined with orchards, the Middle-Atlas, mountain tops of the High-Atlas, as well as rock and sand deserts to the South.
Morocco has many spiritual sites to visit. While mainly an Islamic country, it is tolerant of all religions.
The Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is one of the biggest in the world and is famous for its Moroccan architecture.
As of now there are only 2 important sites, Moulay Yaacoub and Sidi Harazem near Fès, but the sector is being fully developed.
Visitors to Morocco are spoilt for choice, as they can choose between both the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline. Along the Atlantic coastline popular seaside towns include Taghazout and Mazagan, which are popular with surfers. Also, Agadir beach is world-renowned for its sandy coastline, which is kilometers long.
Mediterranean beaches, such as Tétouan and Al Hoceima, are particularly popular.
Winter Sports
Alpine skiing and ski-tourism are practiced during winter in the High-Atlas mountains, mainly in the Oukaïmeden and Toubkal mountains, which are close to Marrakech.
Outdoor Activities
There is a wide variety of sports available depending on the area visited. There is mountain sports (trekking, ski, rafting), sea sports (sailing, jet-ski, water-skiing), golf and parachuting, etc.
Morocco is well-known for its markets. The souks of big cities offer plenty of shopping opportunities. Visitors should also be on the look-out for items from the Moroccan craft industry, isuch carpets, leather-made goods, and pottery, as well as argan, which oil is a product that originates from Morocco and is highly sought-after for its numerous virtues.
Tourism Organisations
Administration of Tourisme
Cultural Organizations
Ministry of Culture
Royal Institute for Amazighe Culture
Hotel reservation websites
Tourism in Morocco

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 136/180

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Islam is the state religion, practiced by almost the entire population, but freedom of religion exists. 90% of Moroccans are Sunnis by faith, of the Malikian rite.
The day is punctuated by five prayer calls. During the month of Ramadan, the Moroccans fast, do not drink and smoke from sunrise to sunset.

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