Why Morocco 

  • The Kingdom of Morocco serves as the host country for the annual meetings of both the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.  

  • Long-standing traditions effortlessly blend with modern day luxuries. 

  • Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and its economic capital. 

  • The Mauresque architecture in Casablanca is a blend of Moorish style and European Art Deco 


There are plenty of options when it comes to things to see and do in Morocco, as well as places to grab a bite to eat, or host a power lunch or dinner. Here, we look at a few spots in Casablanca to pique your interest. 





Morocco See


Hassan II Mosque 

On the oceanfront, and indeed built over the ocean, is Hassan II Mosque, considered one of the biggest and most beautiful mosques in the Muslim world. Inside, find exquisite examples of embellished woods, marble and onyx, with pillars and ceilings adorned with symmetrical arabesques and zelliges or glazed tile mosaics. 


Quartier Habous 

Casablanca’s newest medina, Quartier Habous is said to be one of Morocco’s most picturesque. Located near the royal palace, the souk, or bazaar/market, is filled with narrow streets through which you can wander and discover all types of artisans making everything from clothes to leather goods, jewelry, ceramics, spices and more.  



Built in the 12th century, the Sacred Heart Cathedral, also known as Casablanca Cathedral, reflects neo-Gothic style with Moroccan Art Deco and Muslim influences; the windows at the top are similar to those found in a mosque. A tour to the top of the cathedral reveals bird’s eye views of Casablanca and the Atlantic Ocean. 


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Morocco Do


Hang 10 

Learning to surf in Morocco may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a visit Casablanca, but you can do just that. After all, the country boasts more than 900 miles of coastline. Surfing is fantastic in Casablanca year-round, though water temps do vary by season, as expected. The sandy beaches are perfect for beginners, while intermediate and advanced surfers can hang 10 near the reefs.  


Go For a Ride 

If you’d prefer to stay on solid ground, opt for a bike ride along the corniche, or promenade, that runs alongside the beach. Stretching from Hassan II Mosque to the east to the El-Hank Lighthouse to the west. Time your ride just right and pop into one of the restaurants or bars for a drink at sunset. 


Taste of Morocco 

One of the best ways to experience Morocco is through the country’s food. Find authentic dishes on a food tour that goes into the souks, or markets, tasting myriad flavors along the way. Customize a food tour for your group, and perhaps add in a cooking class so they can take the Moroccan flavors home with them. 


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Morocco EAT


Rick’s Café 

It’s “Casablanca” come to life at Rick’s Café Casablanca, celebrating 20 years of transporting guests back in time and making them feel part of the iconic movie. The ambience is made complete with live piano performances and jazz sessions. Make reservations for lunch or dinner and toast “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”  


Dar Dada 

Enter a riad and find one of Casablanca’s best restaurants, Dar Dada. Open for lunch and dinner, the exquisite menu features classic Moroccan dishes, along with options for vegetarians, too. Moroccan and French wine lists add to any meal.  


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ALHI Member Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is ready to welcome you and your guests to Casablanca. 




With more than four miles of beach, it’s an easy choice to stay and meet at the five-diamond Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Casablanca. With nearly 500 guest rooms, more than, 21,500 square feet of meeting and event space, and 15 signature bars and restaurants, Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort offers myriad ways to keep your guests happy during their stay. 


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