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Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

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Cairo, Egypt
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Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

Are Marrakech and Casablanca very dirty cities?

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for Morocco
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1. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

Marrakech has a very efficient Italian owned refuse collection service which empties household bins daily and roadsweepers which patrol the city roads regularly. Men are employed to sweep the streets and gather rubbish.

Shopkeepers are constantly spraying the streets outside their premises with water to keep dust down.

Visitors who come to Marrakech after Casablanca comment on how much cleaner Marrakech is in comparison.

How dirty is Cairo?

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for Morocco
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2. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

It is usually recommended that travellers avoid Casablanca as gangsterism (organized gangs of criminals) and prostitution are widespread here more than anywhere else in Morocco.

Edited: 12:20 pm, January 21, 2012
Marrakech, Morocco
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for Marrakech
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3. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

How dirty is dirty is always hard to say. If you compare Marrakech to Santa Monica, Marrakech and for that matter any African city is dirty

If talking about rubbish and pastic bags plaguing streets you score a point. Municipalities are trying to do their best but this requires also sensitising the local population.

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for Mauritius, Grand Baie
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4. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

Having recently visited it, Marrakech was a lot cleaner than expected.

Toronto, Canada
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5. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

I found Marrakech to be remarkably clean. The countryside everywhere we travelled, on the other hand, was pitifully strewn with all sorts of rubbish.

posts: 584
6. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

I've always found Casa and Marrakech to be quite clean cities. Morocco is a still developing so does not have the funds available for public services that many western countries have, but they do a very good job with their available resources.

Marrakech, Morocco
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7. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

hi there!

All comments here are realistic and Morocco is increasing.

But every day ,you will be surprised to see all the streets clean after the workers have come in the mornings ..and at the end of the day to be sincere..

..less clean for sure as the medina specially are not well equipped for stocking the rubbish from houses and the people living just put them in front of their home or some meters around..which is not great!

But..again Morocco increase day after day and every morning..get clean and in an efficient way ,that's true.

Cheers! Oliver.

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8. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

Gangsterism and prostitution in Casa? While I'm sure it exists, I've lived here for two years without seeing it. That being said, Casa is a big dirty city. Marrakesh and Rabat and just about every other city in Morocco are cleaner and less smelly. There really is no reason to stop in Casa unless you are very interested in seeing the mosque, the Corniche, or making a stop at Morocco Mall for Morocco's only Starbucks.

Marrakech, Morocco
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9. Re: Are the major cities in Morocco dirty?

Come to Morocco for a Starbucks? Eek! Next you'll be suggesting visiting a Macdonalds!

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