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Casablanca Practical Information is essential basic information all visitors should know before traveling to Casablanca, Morocco. Casablanca is not only the city that Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman made famous in the 1942 film "Casablanca", but it is also the largest city in Morocco and is considered the economic capital of Morocco.

Location 

Casablanca is located on the Atlantic Ocean in the northeast region of the Kingdom of Morocco (the official name of Morocco). The country of Morocco is located in Northern Africa bordered by Algeria to the east, and Mauritania to the south. Morocco and Spain are divided by the Strait of Gibraltar. The exact location coordinates of Casablanca are 33 degrees 32 degree North, 7 degrees 35 degree West.

Population 

The estimated population of the residents of Casablanca is a little over 3,299,400, making Casablanca the largest city in Morocco.

Language 

The official language of Casablanca, as well as the rest of Morocco, is Arabic. French and English are widely spoken throughout Casablanca, and about 25 percent of the Moroccan population still speaks the Berber language. Spanish is spoken in areas in the north, including Casablanca, due to it's close proximity to Spain.

Currency 

The official currency of Casablanca is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). The Dirham is divided by 100 santim coins with 5, 10, 20 santimat coins, and 1/2, 1, 2, 5, and 10 Dirham coins. The paper banknotes in circulation are the 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 Dirham notes. There are many places to exchange foreign currency to the Moroccan Dirham within Casablanca, but to get the best exchange rate it is advisable to exchange at major banks and hotels. ATM's are a great way to pull Moroccan Dirham from your local bank, but check with your bank before leaving home to make sure your card is accepted in Morocco. Major credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted throughout Casablanca. It is highly advisable to exchange a small amount of cash before arriving in Morocco, in case of emergency. It is also advisable to always carry small amounts of cash on you at all times for taxis, tipping or local vendors, as most do not accept credit cards or travelers checks.

Time Zone - Casablanca, Morocca observes Western Europe Time (WET), and Coordinated Universal Time ( UTC +0). Coordinated Universal Time ( UTC +0) is more commonly referred to as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +0). Casablanca, Morocco uses Daylight Savings Time (DST), so in the summer the time zone is referred to as Western Europe Summer Time (WEST) or ( UTC +0).


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