General information about Morocco

Area: 458,730km2
Currency: Dirham (approx 11 MAD to 1 Euro) 
Population: 31,564,000 
Language: Arabic (75%), Berber dialects (25%), French, Spanish, English 
Religions: Sunni Muslim (majority), Christian, Jewish 
Time: GMT 

Average temperatures (in centigrade) 
    Fès   Marrakech Essaouira Ouarzazate Zagora
Jan 16 18 17 18 20
Feb 17 19 17 18 22
Mar 19 22 17 22 25
Apr 22 25 18 26 30
May 25 28 20 30 34
Jun 31 33 20 35 39
Jul 36 39 22 39 43
Aug 36 38 21 38 42
Sep 32 33 21 33 36
Oct 27 28 21 27 29
Nov 19 21 20 21 26
Dec 16 27 18 16 21
Dates for festivals
  Location Annual Festival
Feb Ameln Valley
near Tafraoute
Almond Blossom Festival
Apr Ouarzazate Marathon des Sables
Immouzer Honey Festival
May El Kelaa N'Gouna
Dades Valley
Rose Festival
Jun Fès Festival of World Sacred Music
Jun Sefrou
near Fès
Cherry Festival
Jun Essaouira Gnaoua & WorldMusic Festival
Jul Guelmim Camel Market
Rabat Festival International de Rabat
Aug Asilah
near Tangiers
International Cultural Festival
Sept Imilchil
(High Atlas Mtns)
Marriage Festival
Sept Meknes Fantasia Horse Festival
Oct Tissa Tissa Horse Festival
Oct Erfoud,
Ziz Valley
Dates Feast
Dec Marrakech International Film Festival
Dec Rif Olive Festival

Dates for public/religious holidays
2015 Islamic Public Holidays*
Jan 3 Mawlid al-Nabi (Prophet's B’day)
Jun 18 - Jul 16 Ramadan (month of fasting)
Jul 18 Eid al-Fitr (Festival after Ramadan)
Sept 24 Eid al-Adha (Festival after Hajj)
Oct 13 Ras as Sama (Islamic New Year)

* Based on Islamic Calendar. These dates are subject to the appearance of the New Moon.
Some general information about the Sahara

In Arabic "sahara" means "desert". The Sahara,  "The Great Desert" is technically the world's second largest desert after Antarctica. At over 9,000,000 square kilometres(3,500,000 sq mi), it covers most parts of northern Africa; an area stretching from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the outskirts of the Atlantic ocean. It is almost as large as the United States, and is larger than Australia. 

By around 2500 BC, the monsoon retreated south to approximately where it is today, leading to the desertification of the Sahara. The Sahara is currently as dry as it was about 13,000 years ago. 

The Sahara has one of the harshest climates in the world. It has many strong winds that blow from the north-east. Sometimes on the border zones of the north and south, the desert will receive about 25 cm (10 in.) of rain a year. The rainfall happens very rarely, but when it does it is usually torrential when it occurs after long dry periods, which can last for years.


Some general information about M'hamid

M'hamid is the last town before the Sahara


Altitude: 550m

Population: 10,000

Regional Tribes: Arib (Homme Bleu), Harratine, Berber, Chirfa

Weekly Souk: Mondays

Festival: International Festival of Nomads mid-March

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