Last Revised: : 1.46 : 2008/02/13 22:30:24 - a report from Andreas Haack
May 2006 and January 2008 - Business in Rabat
Kingdom of Morocco,a constitutional monarchy, is situated in northwestern Africa with coasts on the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea; it is bordered by Algeria to the east and Mauritania to the south. The population is estimated to 33,241,259 July 2006. The area of Morocco is 458,730 sq km.
Morocco recovered its political independence from France on March 2, 1956 Weekend is on Saturday and Sunday like in the western world. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and with a popoulation of one million a fairly modern town by moroccon standards. Agdal is more the districts of the well living people. There are lots of restaurants. But this are the fast food style restaurants of for the young people which are the
Despite the SMS showing the address the driver did not know where to go and it took me some days to describe the destination and give directions that was a outside the center.
It is common to take a 2 hour lunch break and my 4 colleges, most where over a year here and had a Moroccan residence permit, took me to some of the few restaurants - a 20 minute drive. A food court in a shopping center and Picolo's Restaurant.
Since I spend all day in the office there is not much to tell.
Despite being a 3 start hotel, the Ibis Moussafir Hotel Rabat, Morocco was a nice place to stay. Rooms where clean and nice. An that at a price of 420 MAD (420 Dirham, = 42 EUR). The breakfirst buffet is most enjoyable in the nice palm garden. Sitting there you do not notice that the hotel is located near the Agdal train station a very convenient fact.
On Friday my business ended and I looked for an affordable hotel. I was to late and everything was terrible expensive. But luckily there was a room in the in Fes - in the Ibis - near the train station.
Soundous Hotel made nice impressing medium class expression. It is not like the main unusal stream line. Staff is very polite and friendly like it should be in a five star hotel. The interior is trditinal moroccaim style. Mosaic flor berber hand made type of furniture and geschieden tables and banks. All nice but certanly with a afcan touch. This includes also that some thing are broken like the window handle, putz im bathroom cames off the wall holes in drilled in the waa have not been coverd. But over all a very nice hotel. GLass art. Breakfisr bufe is nice. Fres baguet .. OF couse you have the ask : there is no bread, butter milk juice... cane I have a spoon
25-May-2006 To 26-May-2006 Old City Fes
The room in the Ibis here was more worn down. But they had a swimming pool. My college advised me that one needs a guide to see the Medina. Since I did not want to take the chance, I ask at the reception for and official guide. The price was 120 MAD (12 EUR) plus taxi (20 MAD = 2 EUR) and entrance fees for me and the guide for the Koranic school (20 MAD = 2 EUR).
Fes is Morocco's oldest city. Since its founding in 789 AD as the seat of Morocco's first native dynasty.
He was guide of the monuments, he said, and if I want another guide for hand crafts? I bet if I would have said yes, he would be the expert in hand crafts. Never the less, this guide of the monuments did not bother to stop at the royal palace and when I ask he said quick because we can not park here.
So we finally walked through the Medina. The Medina has everything old local food and handcraft shops and souvenir and handcraft shops addressed for tourists. It is not so interesting if you have seen a Arabic souk before. We came by the Madrassa( Koranic school) where I had to pay 2*10 MAD (2 EUR). After another long walk through the Medina we passed Nejjarine fountain next to a hall used as accommodation for camel caravans in old days.
Like everybody else we ended up in a leather tannery. Interesting to see the manufacturing process. No I do not want to buy anything, no really not. So when this guide of the monuments finally turned into the carpet hand craft street saying "Moroccan carpet is the best in the world", I answered that I will not buy a carpet and this rather unimpressive walk came to an end, so I could catch the 13:00 h train to Casablanca.
26-May-2006 To 29-May-2006 Casablanca
With the name Casablanca one associates something romantic, also due to the shooting of the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in 1942. Fact - not a single scene has been shot in Casablanca. Casablanca is a huge city with a population of 3.5 million. It is Morocco's biggest city. It is a pretty modern town. I got a hotel on the beach area at ...
On of the famous monuments is the big mosque, the Hassan II Mosque. The mosque also includes a number of modern touches: it was built to withstand earthquakes and has a heated floor, electric doors, a sliding roof, and lasers which shine at night from the top of the minaret toward Mecca.
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