Morocco targets the Middle East


The Moroccan government tourist Office in Dubai is pulling out the stops to attract increased numbers of tourists from the UAE and the GCC region.

"As Morocco is very close to Europe, being barely 14 km from Spain across the Straits of Gibraltar. It is therefore easy get to Morocco by road," says a spokesman from the office.

He continues: "Morocco has 14 international airports: Agadir, AI Hoceima, Casablanca, Dakhla, Essaouira, Fez, Laâyoune, Marrakech, Nador, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat-Salé, Tangier and Tetouan. Royal Air Maroc and other leading international and charter airlines provide fast and regular services from major cities in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

"For example: Casablanca is around 1 hour by air from Madrid, 3 hours from Paris and 61/2 hours from New York.

"To drive to Morocco, you head for Algeciras in Spain.

You can travel by car, motorbike, coach or car sleeper. You can cross the Straits of Gibraltar by car ferry to Tangier or Ceuta.

"Ferries also operate from Sete (France) to Tangier and from Almeria to Nador or Melilla. There is no particular formality required of motorists.

"However, selling a vehicle or leaving it as surety are prohibited. Insurance is compulsory."