Local Information

About Marrakech

Marrakech – the “Red City” – has stood for close to a thousand years, a city of history and culture. One of the most evocative places in the world, just the name conjures up images of this cultural melting pot – sandstone buildings, dusty streets and towering minarets against deep blue skies immediately spring to mind. Marrakech is the most visited place in Morocco, which is the most visited country in Africa.

A former imperial city in western Morocco, Marrakesh is a major economic centre and home to mosques, palaces and gardens. The Medina, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating from the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th century Koutoubia Mosque. Jemaa El-Fnaa is the busiest square in the whole of Africa, packed with fire-eaters, cross-dressing bellydancers, Amazigh acrobats, astrologers, and a hundred other types of street entertainers.

Visit https://www.visitmorocco.com/en/travel/marrakech for more information on Marrakech.

Climate

The climate of Marrakech is continental, meaning that it is mainly dry with a lot of sunshine.

The weather in March is pleasantly warm with daytime temperatures around 22-25°C (72-77°F), and night-time temperatures of 8-10°C (46-50°F).

Communications

The international calling code for Morocco is +212.

Internet access is widely available in Marrakech, and most hotels, apartments and hostels offer free WiFi or wired internet access.

WiFi is available at the congress venue for registered delegates.

Currency, Credit Cards and Exchanging Money

The currency of Morocco is the Dirham (MAD, Dh).

It is advisable to get some local currency for a stay in Marrakech. Currency exchange shops and banks offer the best exchange rates.

Most of the major hotels and stores accept credit cards, and some may accept Euro, although at a less preferential rate than at a bank or currency exchange. As there are high fees charged for processing credit cards, most businesses prefer to be paid in cash. Where cards are accepted it is normal for the customer to pay the bank processing fee.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are to be found widely in Marrakech, and in all major hotels and outside banks.

Electricity

The electricity supply in Morocco is 220V/50Hz.

Electrical sockets take standard European-style two-pin plugs:


British, North American and other non-European visitors should bring adaptors.

Language

Morocco’s two official languages are Arabic and Amazigh, or Berber, but virtually all Moroccans speak and understand French. Spanish is widespread in northern and southern Morocco. Many people, especially in the hospitality sector, speak English.

The official language of the congress is English.

Time Zone

Morocco lies in the CET time zone (GTM+1).

Please click here to view the current local time in Morocco.

Visa & Entry Requirements

Visitors from some countries do not require a visa to enter Morocco (see https://www.diplomatie.ma/en/Conseilsauxvoyageurs/tabid/3175/language/en-US/Default.aspx).

All visitors’ passports must have an expiry date at least 3 months after the end of the visit to Morocco.

It is the responsibility of each congress participant to check with the nearest with the nearest Moroccan embassy, consulate or representative office if he/she requires a visa to enter Morocco. If required, he/she should apply for a visa in his/her homeland prior to his/her journey to Morocco.