Another nickname for Rabat is City of Flowers reflecting the capital’s large parks. Still others refer to Rabat as Morocco’s white city or informally the chill city. The latter monikers are based on Rabat’s relaxed, unhurried environment embellished by its backcloth of panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Ruins for Rabat’s Tower of Hassan is a UNESCO world heritage tourist attraction for what would have been the world’s tallest mosque when construction began back in the 12th century.
Research website numbeo ranks Rabat in the top 38% compared to the 250 cities evaluated on numbeo’s overall quality of life index at June 2020. Rabat scored well on index factors such as safety, climate, property price to income ratio, as well as lower pollution.
From an international trade perspective, Morocco exported an estimated US$29.3 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exported products include insulated wire or cable (12.1% of Morocco’s global total), cars (11.7%), nitrogen-containing fertilizers (8.7%), phosphoric and polyphosphoric acids (4.8%), women’s suits, jackets, skirts and trousers (4%), aircraft or spacecraft parts (2.7%), tomatoes (2.6%), natural calcium phosphates (also 2.6%), molluscs (2.5%) then caviar and prepared or preserved fish (also 2.5%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Rabat, Morocco: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: The Currency Museum of the Bank Al-Maghrib, Mausoleum of Mohammad V, Hassan Tower, Assounna Mosque and the Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Rabat, Morocco.
- Samira Said, pop singer (born Jan. 10, 1958)
- Dominique de Villepin, former prime minister of France (born Nov. 14, 1953)
- Saad Lamjarred, award-winning singer & actor (born Apr. 7, 1985)
- French Montana, rapper (born Nov. 9, 1984)
- Macha Méril, actress & producer (born Sep. 3, 1940)
- Brahim Taleb, Olympic long-distance runner (born Feb. 16, 1985)
- Abderrazak Khairi, soccer/football player & coach (born Nov. 20, 1962)
- Myriem Roussel, actress (born Dec. 26, 1962)
- Nabil Benabdallah, former cabinet minister (born Jun. 3, 1959)
- Amidou, actor (born Aug. 2, 1935)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Morocco resident: Moroccan
Population: 544,422 (Rabat city) at July 2019
Density: 12,053 people per square mile (4,653 per square kilometer)
Population: 36,927,725 (Morocco) at July 14, 2020
Density: 214 people per square mile (83 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Morocco: 29.5 years old
GDP: US$328.7 billion for 2019 (Morocco)
GDP per person: $9,235
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Rabat were unavailable.
Official currency used in Rabat: Moroccan dirham
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City Population, Rabat population at July 1, 2019.
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Guinness World Records, Highest tightrope crossing by bicycle.
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, Maroc.ma.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
WorldOMeter, Morocco Population.
To commemorate the ascension of King Mohammed VI to the throne on July 30, 1999, Moroccans celebrate Throne Day as a public holiday each July 30.
Rabat’s city limits contain an area measuring 45.17 square miles (117 square kilometers) in which 544,422 inhabitants lived at July 2019.
At the country level, Morocco’s land area covers 172,317 square miles (446,300 square kilometers). The nation’s population count was 36.9 million inhabitants as of July 14, 2020.
Population density is more concentrated within Morocco’s capital city limits within which live an average 12,053 inhabitants per square mile (4,653 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Morocco’s national boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 214 residents per square mile (83 per square kilometer).