RABAT - MOROCCO
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Rabat
Country:
Morocco
Region:
R. S. Z. Z.
Official languages:
Arabic - Berber
Time zone:
WET (UTC) / WEST (UTC+1)
Dialing code:
+212 - 537
Currency:
Moroccan dirham (.د.م)(MAD)
Rabat is the capital and second largest city of Morocco with an urban population of approximately 620,000 (2004) and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million. It is also the capital of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer administrative region.
The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. On the facing shore of the river lies Salé, the city's main commuter town. Rabat, Temara, and Salé form a conurbation of over 1.8 million people. Silt-related problems have diminished Rabat's role as a port; however, Rabat and Salé still maintain important textile, food processing and construction industries. In addition, tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat one of the most important cities in the country.
Rabat is accessible by train through the ONCF system and by plane through the nearby Rabat-Salé Airport. The Moroccan capital was recently awarded second place in "Top Travel Destinations of 2013" by CNN.
Part of the description above is taken from the Wikipedia article Rabat with patent CC-BY-SA. The full list of those who have contributed to the drafting of the article is available here.