Capital of Morocco with 1.2 million inhabitants (2005 estimate). The city of Sale north of Rabat, functions as a suburb, bringing the figures above 1.6 million inhabitants.
It is also capital of Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer region with 2.4 million inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 9,580 km². Rabat is situated on the Atlantic at the outlet of the river Oued Bou Regreg, which divides Rabat from Sale. Rabat’s industries include manufacture of textiles, processed food and building materials. Tourism is also an important source of income, together with the administration for all of Morocco. Rabat is a commercial and administrative centre, but this is challenged by the economically more important city of Casablanca 80 km southwest.
Rabat has many historical monuments and some of Morocco’s most important museums. The city is also the home of the main Royal Palace (built 1950). Rabat has a university (established 1957) and other important learning institutions. All foreign embassies in Morocco are located to Rabat.
Things To Do in Rabat
Hassan Tower, Rabat
The unfinished minaret surrounded by two hundred columns is Rabat’s most famous monument.
Attraction type: Architectural building; Religious site
Medina of Rabat, Rabat
Attraction type: Town center/square/plaza
Mausoleum of Mohammad V, Rabat
Attraction type: Landmark/point of interest
Attraction type: Cemetery; Ancient ruins; Historic site
Royal Palace of Rabat, Rabat
Attraction type: Architectural building