Touted as the Washington of North Africa because of its wide boulevards, parks, monuments, government buildings and traditional homes converted into charming boutique hotels called Riads, Rabat is the capital city for the Kingdom of Morocco. Rabat is also called Morocco’s white city offering a relaxed, unhurried environment to tourists who enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living rankings benchmark how much a new resident in a city has to pay for products compared to New York using the US dollar as the base currency. For 2016, Rabat ranks as the 168th costliest city for newly relocated citizens, up 7 places from 2015 when Mercer recognized Rabat as the world’s 175th most expensive city.
Morocco exported an estimated US$22.9 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Moroccan exports include cars, insulated wire or cable, inorganic chemicals, fertilizers, calcium phosphates, clothing and tomatoes 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: 577,827 (Rabat city)
Density: 12,792 people per square mile (4,939 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,880,000 (Rabat built-up urban areas)
Density: 26,479 people per square mile (10,224 per square kilometer)
Population: 33,655,786 (Morocco)
Density: 195 people per square mile (75 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$282.8 billion as of October 2016 (for Morocco, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $8,403
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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Official Government Website, Maroc.ma. Accessed on December 9, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 9, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Morocco. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Wikipedia, Rabat. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Rabat’s city limits contain an area measuring 45.2 square miles (117 square kilometers) in which 577,827 inhabitants lived during 2014.
Combined with the city core, the built-up urban area cover a total 71 square miles (184 square kilometers) which serves as home to an estimated 1.9 million people in 2015.
At the country level, Morocco’s land area covers 172,317 square miles (446,300 square kilometers). The national population count was 33.7 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is not as congested within Morocco’s capital city limits where there is an average 12,800 inhabitants per square mile (4,900 per square kilometer).
Once the additional urbanized area surrounding Rabat is added in, density intensifies to an average 26,500 people per square mile (10,200 per square kilometer).
For Morocco overall, population density drops to an average 195 inhabitants per square mile (75 per square kilometer).
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.