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Rabat & Salé, Morocco (by Optimus)

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RABAT Capital City of Morocco, and his twin sister Salé

The City of Rabat :

Rabat (Arabic الرباط, transliterated ar-Rabāṭ or ar-Ribāṭ, literally "Fortified Place"), population 650 000 hab. (2010 estimate), is the capital and second largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is also the capital of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region.

The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. On the facing shore of the river lies Salé, Rabat's bedroom community. Together the two cities with Temara account for a population of 1.8 million. Silting problems have diminished the city's role as a port; however, Rabat and Salé still maintain relatively important textile, food processing and construction industries; some are from sweatshop labor by major multinational corporations (see Salé).

In addition, tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat the second most important city in the country after the larger and economically more significant Casablanca. It is accessible by train through the ONCF system and by plane through the nearby Rabat-Salé Airport.

The Region of Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer :

Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer (Arabic: الرباط سلا زمور زعير‎, Amazigh: Rbat-Sla-Zmmur-Zâir) is one of the sixteen regions of Morocco. It is situated in north-western Morocco. It covers an area of 9,580 km², and has a population of 2,366,494 (2004 census). The capital is Rabat.[1]

The region is made up into the following provinces and prefectures:

* Prefecture of Rabat
* Prefecture of Salé
* Prefecture of Skhirat-Témara
* Khemisset Province

Most of the population of this region has historically been concentrated in coastal areas. The first recorded history is centered at Chellah, an early Phoenician settlement at the edge of Rabat along the southern bank of the Oued Bou Regreg. Later the Romans took control and enlarged Chellah, whose ruins are today a prominent archaeological point of interest. Chellah was a significant ancient port city town with remains including the Decumanus Maximus, a forum, a monumental fountain, a triumphal arch, and other ruins.[2]

In the seventeenth century the first regional governmental entity was formed, unifying Rabat and Salé.[3] This regime was the headquarters of Barbary pirates and held sway over a turbulent time.

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Amazing, very nice photos from Rabat; its really beautiful :)
charming city specially the old areas.
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