28 Facts About Casablanca


Casablanca, known in Arabic as Dar al-Bayda is the largest city in Morocco.

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Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco; The leading Moroccan companies and many international corporations doing business in the country have their headquarters and main industrial facilities in Casablanca.

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Recent industrial statistics show Casablanca holds its recorded position as the primary industrial zone of the nation.

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Casablanca is Morocco's chief port, with the Port of Casablanca being one of the largest artificial ports in the world, and the second largest port in North Africa, after Tanger-Med .

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The present name, "Casablanca, " which is the Spanish version, came when the Kingdom of Portugal came under Spanish control through the Iberian Union.

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French control of Casablanca was formalized March 1912 when the Treaty of Fes established the French Protectorat.

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In Casablanca, he designed a new "ville indigene" to house Moroccans arriving from other cities.

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Casablanca was the site of the Nouasseur Air Base, a large American air base used as the staging area for all American aircraft for the European Theatre of Operations during World War II.

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Casablanca was a major departure point for Jews leaving Morocco through Operation Yachin, an operation conducted by Mossad to secretly migrate Moroccan Jews to Israel between November 1961 and spring 1964.

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In March 2000, more than 60 women's groups organized demonstrations in Casablanca proposing reforms to the legal status of women in the country.

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Casablanca is located on the Atlantic coast of the Chaouia Plains, which have historically been the breadbasket of Morocco.

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Only watercourse in Casablanca is oued Bouskoura, a small seasonal creek that until 1912 reached the Atlantic Ocean near the actual port.

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Grand Casablanca region is considered the locomotive of the development of the Moroccan economy.

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Casablanca is considered a global financial centre, ranking 53rd globally in the Global Financial Centres Index for the year 2021, outperforming many cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Berlin, Istanbul, Mexico City, Glasgow, Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Riyadh, Doha, Kuwait City, Cape Town, and Johannesburg.

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Casablanca is ranked among the emerging international contenders, and it is the largest financial center in Africa.

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Almost the entire Casablanca waterfront is under development, mainly the construction of huge entertainment centres between the port and Hassan II Mosque, the Anfa Resort project near the business, entertainment and living centre of Megarama, the shopping and entertainment complex of Morocco Mall, as well as a complete renovation of the coastal walkway.

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Casablanca is a commune, part of the region of Casablanca-Settat.

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Casablanca then became a departure point in Operation Yachin, the covert Mossad-organized migration operation from 1961 to 1964.

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Today, the Jewish cemetery of Casablanca is one of the major cemeteries of the city, and many synagogues remain in service, but the city's Jewish community has dwindled.

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Casablanca staged the 1961 Pan Arab Games, the 1983 Mediterranean Games, and games during the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Grand Stade de Casablanca is the proposed title of the planned football stadium to be built in the city.

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Casablanca has a thriving hiphop scene, with artists such as El Grande Toto, Don Big, 7liwa, and Issam Harris.

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Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Casablanca was founded in 1919 by a French Orientalist painter named Edouard Brindeau de Jarny, who started his career teaching drawing at Lycee Lyautey.

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Marcelin Flandrin, a French military photographer, settled in Casablanca and recorded much of the early colonial period in Morocco with his photography.

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Love in Casablanca, starring Abdelkarim Derqaoui and Muna Fettou, is one of the first Moroccan films to deal with Morocco's complex realities and depict life in Casablanca with verisimilitude.

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Since the 1970s, Casablanca had planned to build a metro system to offer some relief to the problems of traffic congestion and poor air quality.

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Casablanca is well-served by international flights to Europe, especially French and Spanish airports, and has regular connections to North American, Middle Eastern and sub-Saharan African destinations.

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Casablanca is served by three main railway stations run by the national rail service, the ONCF.

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