Although the capital of Morocco is Rabat, Casablanca is the most populous city in Morocco with more than 4 million inhabitants, and is also the country’s economic, industrial and financial center and home to the second largest port in northern Africa. Most of the multinational companies present in Morocco have their headquarters here.
Casablanca is not a pretty city. It is a city where new Western-style buildings contrast with Third World slums. It is better not to talk about public transportation, the buses are not only overcrowded but they come when they come. This is due not only to the disorganisation of the transport system but also to the inadequate infrastructure, which is the cause of constant traffic jams.
The climate in Casablanca is really good, with maximum temperatures between 30°C in summer and 20°C in winter. When it comes to safety, Casablanca may not be the most unsafe city in the world, but it is certainly not the safest either, so it is not advisable to move around alone at night.
Living in Casablanca is not expensive. Finding affordable accommodation is not difficult, we are around $350 per month. Prices are higher in the center, but I recommend avoiding the suburbs unless you want to be robbed even in broad daylight.
People are always very sociable and helpful. But this attitude can have two different ends. There are people who are genuinely interested in getting to know you, taking you in, and helping you if necessary. Others want to use this friendship to take advantage of you in some way. And in the worst case scenario, you could even become a victim of fraud or theft. However, this should not stop you from mingling with the local population.
French and Arabic are the languages spoken by Casablanca residents, and some even know English. You absolutely must know French, and if you also know Arabic, it would be perfect.
Casablanca is perhaps the most liberal city in Morocco, but always be aware and respectful of the host culture. Remember that you are always in a Muslim country, even if Morocco is considered the most liberal Islamic country.
- The man is superior to the woman. Usually the woman stays at home or in the family
- It is not accepted to be gay. Homosexuality is a crime and is considered a sin in Islam
- Avoid talking about politics and religion and criticizing the king
- Western women should get used to covering their bodies in the street
You will have to get used to many different cultural customs and habits than you have been used to.
As for employment, Casablanca is the economic engine of the country, and most jobs for foreigners are concentrated here. If you are interested in working in Casablanca, I recommend you read the article: Living and Working in Morocco
Living and working in Casablanca – pros and cons
Living in Casablanca, pros
- Friendly and hospitable people
- Good cuisine
- Excellent weather
Living in Casablanca, cons
- Few employment opportunities
- Low wages
- Lack of hygiene
- Traffic and driving without rules
- Lack of respect for minorities
- Inadequate services (school, health, transportation, etc.)
- Lack of security