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Morocco

Kingdom of Morocco/المملكة المغربية

Region: North Africa

Area: 710,850 thous. sq. km

Capital: Rabat

Major cities: Casablanca, Rabat, Fès, Salé, Marrakech

Climate: moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean; in the interior the temperatures are more extreme, winters can be rather cold and the summers very hot

Language: Arabic, Berber

Religion: Muslims

Local time: GMT +0

Calling code: +212

Currency: Moroccan Dirham

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club

Visa: not required for citizens of the USA, EU, and Israel for a stay up to 90 days; required for CIS nationals. For more details please visit http://www.learn4good.com/travel/morocco_visa.htm

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Rabat, Casablanca, Fès

Due to its favourable location, the Kingdom of Morocco has become a prominent destination of medical tourism. This sphere has undergone dynamic development and is largely represented by plastic surgery and physiotherapy (body treatment procedures). Prices for plastic surgery differ depending on a clinic. Regardless of this fact, both local and medical travellers still manage to find cost-effective treatment to satisfy their need in beauty and perfection.

Medical travel for plastic surgery is putting deep roots in Morocco because of inexpensive treatment and carefully respected privacy of patients. Most plastic surgeons have undergone training and practice in the clinics of France and Switzerland.

Within the recent years the rates for plastic surgery have been reduced to the level where people from all walks of life can now pay for what was once restricted to the social top. Specifically, the cost of liposuction starts from 10,000 dirhams (equal to €900). That is why the amount of people seeking to reshape their figure has skyrocketed, by applying liposuction in particular. There exist no set price lists for either plastic or cosmetic surgeries making it possible to negotiate the price set by the clinic between the staff and patients.

During the last three years, up to 4500 medical tourists primarily from Europe arrived to Morocco for their hair transplant procedures. Moroccan nationals amount to 57% of patients while citizens of Algeria, Tunisia, and the UAE prefer to tick off this destination on their medical route. Aged women make up nearly 25% of all patients seeking help from hair transplant specialists in Morocco. Apparently, statistics shows that Moroccan prices are 30% lower than those indicated in European clinics.

Recommended time for treatment: March-May, September-November.

“The Far East Land”, “The Land of Sunset”, “The Cold Land with the Hot Sun” are only several poetic names referring to Morocco. Lush golden beaches, the greenery of furs and eucalyptus trees, mild hot climate, the cleanest air, orange, olive, and banana plantations, authentic flavour of local villages attract more and more tourists to Morocco each year. Recovery and recreation at the resorts of this dreamland is regarded the most exotic and unusual. This is why Morocco receives wealthy patients from the USA and Western Europe coming for treatment and recovery all the year round.

The chief resort towns of Morocco are: Agadir, Casablanca, Tangier, Essaouira, Marrakesh/Marrakech, Fes, Rabat and Dakhla/Dajla.

Thalassotherapy is the most developed and potent field of medical tourism in Morocco. Local spa centres offer the courses of general massage, special back massage, electric physiotherapy, facial and body lymphatic drainage, hydro massage baths, gommages (form of dry exfoliation), Talaterm (sea weed wrap with mint and eucalyptus oils), Hammam (Turkish bath) with mud or sea weed mask, underwater music therapy, cavitasonic (room for light ionization where sea water is diffused into vapour), “Weary legs” and “Young Mom” programmes, and many other procedures intended for relaxation, relieving stress, rejuvenation, and health improvement.

One of the most preferred and demanded procedures is cool or hot sea weed application and wrapping in Talaterm. This procedure, along with producing a cosmetological effect, is also of a general revitalising and recovery character. Seaweed contains microelements, salts, vitamins, and amino acids, which help improve metabolism in tissues, break up fat deposits, eliminate toxins and excretions from the organism. The procedure makes skin elastic, smooth, soft, and silky. Seaweed also removes inflammation and aches in joints, nourishing them with minerals and salts. Steaming enhances the absorption of microelements and is recommended in case of arthrosis and rheumatism.

Turkish bath (Hammam) is another procedure greatly appreciated by Moroccan visitors. This is a traditional oriental steam bath which helps relax the organism, cleanse the skin of dead epidermal cells, and improve blood circulation. Adding henna has a beneficial effect on the skin, nourishes and rejuvenates it.

The thermal resort in Fes is visited by patients with diseases of musculoskeletal apparatus, upper respiratory tract, skin, and gynaecologic problems. Hot sulphurous waters of Dakhla/Dajla produce a healthful effect on skin, bones and are beneficial in case of lung diseases.

3*- from €60;

4*- from €80;

5*- from €120.

Сouscous (steamed dish based on cereals, vegetables, and meat), pastilla (traditional Moroccan sweet and savoury meat pie made of squab with spices and crispy layers of dough), tajine (slow-cooked stew with tender meat, aromatic vegetables and sauce), harira (traditional soup made of tomatoes, rice, beaten eggs, and herbs).

The Saadian tombs in Marrakech (remarkably decorated mausoleum comprises the corpses of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty and was discovered in 1917), the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca (the biggest religious monument after Mecca and one of the very few mosques open to non-Muslims), Volubilis (a former Roman settlement and modern archaeological site between Rabat and Fès taking pride in a UNESCO World Heritage status). 

Erg Chebbi sand dunes (Morocco’s largest dunes famous for their scenic beauty and camel treks), tanneries in Fès (fascinating leather shops full of bags, jackets, and shoes based on medieval times tradition), cooking workshops (Marrakech, Fes and Essaouira offer traditional cooking classes with fresh ingredients from the market), the Majorelle Gardens (the botanical gardens filled with rare plants, bright colors and peace are located nearby the Medina of Marrakech; in 1980 Yves Saint Laurent bought and renovated the garden which now carefully stores his ashes), the Casablanca medina (contains a labyrinth of streets barbers, butchers, and souvenir shops).

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