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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Rabat

Every year, numerous holidays are celebrated in Rabat.
Below are the main dates for these festivities:

1 January : New Year's Day (national)

For the New Year, Rabat offers many evening entertainments. Local gastronomy, spices, and music and dance colour the splendour of the Oriental night, which is celebrated in restaurants and nightclubs throughout the Moroccan capital, making for an unforgettable New Year's Eve.

11 January : Manifesto of Independence (national)

Morocco celebrates the signing of the Manifesto, which symbolises the end of colonisation and the birth of independence.

1 May : Labour Day (national)

Each year, Morocco celebrates Labour Day with a public holiday.

30 July : Throne Day (national)

National celebration commemorating the enthronement of King Mohammed VI. Major festivities mark this holiday: parades, ceremonies, and official speeches and fireworks… The Moroccan capital is jubilant.

14 August : Feast of Oued Ed-Dahab (national)

This holiday marks the return of the Saharan provinces to Morocco in 1949.

20 August : Revolution of the King and the people (national)

A symbolic day recalling the deportation of King Mohammed V after his dismissal by the French authorities in 1953. Military parades, fireworks, and flags flying from the windows: Moroccans show the attachment they have for their King in a festive celebration.

21 August : Festival of Youth (national)

Moroccan youth are celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of Mohammed VI. Shows, dances, happenings: the children of Rabat play joyfully in the streets of the city.

6 November : Green March (national)

National Day inaugurated by Hassan II, commemorating the march of 350,000 Moroccans to the Spanish Sahara to which Morocco claimed possession.

18 November : Independence Day (national)

On this day of national celebration, Morocco celebrates the end of the French protectorate, which occurred in 1955.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Rabat

Located in the northwest of Morocco on the Atlantic coast, Rabat enjoys a Mediterranean climate: mild winters and mild summers especially. The ideal time to visit Rabat is from May to October when the area is sunny and warm, and the ocean breezes make the heat bearable.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 9/48.2 18/64.4 65/2,6 Not the best period to go
February 9/48.2 19/66.2 63/2.4 Not the best period to go
March 10/50 21/69.8 65/2.6 Not the best period to go
April 12/53.6 23/73.4 42/1.7 Not the best period to go
May 14/57.2 24/75.2 27/1.1 Good period to go Good period to go
June 17/62.6 27/80.6 8/0.3 Good period to go Good period to go
July 18/64.4 29/84.2 0/0 Good period to go Good period to go
August 19/48.2 29/84.2 0/0 Good period to go Good period to go
September 18/64.4 28/82.4 10/0.4 Good period to go Good period to go
October 15/59 26/78.8 47/1.9 Good period to go Good period to go
November 13/55.4 22/71.6 83/3.3 Not the best period to go
December 10/50 19/66.2 85/3.3 Not the best period to go
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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN RABAT

The Rabat-Salé International Airport is located approximately eight kilometres northeast of Rabat's city centre.

The airport has 2 terminals:

  • T1 (Air France)
  • T2 (reserved for military activity)

Travelling between Rabat and the airport:
  • Automobile :
    The airport is accessible by car via the Ain Houalla National Road. Allow approximately 20 minutes to reach the city center.
    The airport offers parking. Count 5 MAD for the first five hours, 25 MAD for a day, 40 MAD for 24 hours.
    Many car rental companies are located in Terminal 1.
  • Airport Shuttle :
    The shuttle service from the Rabat-Salé airport makes it possible to reach downtown Rabat in 30 minutes, at an average of 20 MAD per person. The shuttles run between 6:45 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. They are programmed in accordance with the main departures and arrivals in Rabat: the departure towards the capital takes about 1 hour after the arrival of the flight, the return to the airport is scheduled two hours before flight departure. The shuttle to the airport departs from in front of the Rabat-Ville train station.
  • Taxi :
    Only ‘big taxis' (white Mercedes with a capacity of six passengers: two front and four rear) can take you to downtown Rabat, round the clock, seven days per week. Allow about 150 MAD for a ride of about twenty minutes.
    The taxi rank is located at the exit of the airport. The rates for different destinations are displayed in the public hall and the taxi rank.
  • Services : Bars, restaurants, currency exchange, banks, ATMs, souvenir shops, and a post office are all to be found in the terminal.

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GETTING AROUND Rabat

Traffic in Rabat is sometimes chaotic. The tram, which serves the main roads of the capital, is the ideal way to explore the city easily.

Automobile

French car tourists can use their licenses in Morocco. But beware: finding a parking place in the city centre is often something of an obstacle course. Count between 20 and 30 MAD per hour for a parking space.

Bus

The Moroccan capital is covered by 54 bus lines spread between the cities of Rabat, Salé, and Temara.

Buses run from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., every ten minutes.

Buses #13, #27, #34, and #16 join the cities of Rabat and Salé. The #28 bus stops close to ministries and embassies.

You can buy your tickets directly on the bus for 5 MAD.

Tramway

The tram is the safest and fastest means of transport within the city. Rabat has two tramlines (T1 and T2) serving the major areas of the city from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Extensions are in progress, and new lines (T3, T4 and T4 bis) covering the suburbs are being prepared for 2018.

The price of a ticket is 6 MAD on sale in kiosks and distributors in tram stations. The ticket allows you to make connections in the hour following the first validation. For more information on fares, schedules and points of sale, visit (www.tram-way.ma/fr/).

Taxi

In urban areas, the ‘small taxis' (blue taxis) are easily accessible. During the day, the price per kilometre is 1.60 MAD. At night, it can be increased by 50%. As a precaution, do not hop into a taxi having no counter.

Train

The city of Rabat offers two stations: Rabat-Ville is located in the city centre, and Rabat-Agdal is located two kilometres from the city centre. Both serve most major Moroccan cities. The tramline L1 serves Rabat-Ville station. From Rabat-Agdal, reach Casablanca in an hour for a price between 37 and 47 MAD (second class).

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Visitor information

Once you arrive in Rabat, don't hesitate to get in touch with tourism professionals for information and help in organising your stay.

Tourist Office of Rabat

Rue Zallaqa, corner of Oued Al Makhazine street, Rabat

+212 (0) 537 278 300

http://rabat-tourisme.org/

Regional Tourism Delegation (DRT)

22 avenue d'Alger, Rabat

+212 (0) 537 660 663

Regional Tourism Board (CRT)

24 avenue de la Victoire, Rabat

+212 (0) 537 779 077

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Currency and Exchange Rates

The currency used in Rabat is the moroccan dirham (MAD).

1 € = 11,19 MAD

1 MAD = 0,09 €

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

The city of Rabat offers quality medical infrastructure. Consulting a general practitioner costs between 100 and 150 MAD, a night in hospital costs approximately 800 MAD. If necessary, call SOS Médecins Rabat +212 (0) 537 777 333. For more tranquillity, you are advised to take out health insurance before departure.

VACCINATIONS

No vaccine is mandatory to stay in Rabat. However, it is recommended you protect yourself against hepatitis A and B, and typhoid.

For more information, contact your Air France International Vaccination Centre:

  • Address: 38, Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
  • Website: www.vaccinations-airfrance.fr
  • Phone: +33 (0) 1 43 17 22 00
  • Make an appointment for a vaccination:
    – Internet: www.vaccinations-airfrance.fr/eappointment/form
    – Tel +33 (0) 1 43 17 22 00

 

FOOD SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

There are few risks to food security in Morocco. We recommend that you:

– Carefully wash fruits and vegetables before eating;
– Avoid raw foods.

WATER

Tap water is potable in Rabat.

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Administrative formalities

Most nationalities visiting Morocco do not require a visa and are allowed to stay in the country for 90 days, if carrying a valid passport (30 days for citizens of Hong Kong and Singapore).
However, some foreign nationals are subject to visa formalities to enter Morocco. To find out if you are affected, go to the Moroccan Embassy’s website: www.amb-maroc.fr/BienvenueMaroc/voyager_au_maroc.htm

For more information, visit the website of Morocco’s Consular and Social Affairs: www.service-public.ma/web/guest/home

 

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Essential phrases

Here are a few useful phrases in Moroccan Arabic that may be useful for your stay in Rabat:

Hello: As-salam alaykom

Good evening: Msa l'khir

Goodbye: Bislama

Yes: Naâm

No: La

No, thank you: La, choukran

Thank you: Choukran

I don't understand: Ma fhemtch

Can you repeat that ?: Hal tastatieun al'iieada ?

Please: Min fadlek

What time is it ?: Chahèle raha saha ?

Excuse me: Asif

Airport: Matâr

Train station: Mahatt

Taxi: Sayarat ojra

Hotel: Funduq

Hospital: Mustashfaa

Bank: Banka

Telephone: Hatif

I am (…): Ana

I'm looking for (…): Abhath

What is the price of (…)?: Chhal el-tamane?

Do you have (…)?: Hal?

Where can I find (…)?: Ayn Tajid?

Where can I buy (…)?: Hayth lishira?

I would like (…): Awadd

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Good to know

00 212
+ 9 digit number without the ‘0'.
-1 : 00
of time difference with
Amsterdam
Daylight Savings Time start date : 27 March
Daylight Savings Time end date : 30 October

Banks

Generally Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 or 4:00 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.
220 V / 50 Hz

And what about tiping?

In Morocco, the tip is not included in the bill. It is therefore considered polite to leave a percentage for the service from 10 to 15% of the total bill. Salaries are relatively low, so tipping the housekeeping staff (maids, porters…) in hotels is appreciated.