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Rabat

Rabat
(Arabic)
A?ba? (Berber)
The Udayas walk.
The Udayas walk.
Flag of Rabat
Flag
Official seal of Rabat
Seal
Rabat is located in Morocco
Rabat
Rabat
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Country  Morocco
Region Rabat-Salé-Kénitra
Founded by Almohads 1146
Government
 • Mayor Fathallah Oualalou
Area
 • City 117 km2 (45.17 sq mi)
Highest elevation 135 m (443 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2014)
 • City 577,827
 • Rank 7th in Morocco
 • Density 4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 2,120,192
Time zone GMT (UTC±0)
Website http://www.rabat.ma/
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a Shared Heritage
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Designated 2012 (36th session)
Reference no. 1401
State Party Morocco
Region Arab States

Rabat (Arabic: ar-Ribaa? ?; Berber: A?ba?) is the capital of Morocco and its seventh largest city center with an urban population of approximately 580,000 (2014) and a metropolitan population of over 1.2 million. It is also the capital of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra administrative 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, the city's main commuter town. Rabat, Temara, and Salé form a conurbation of over 1.8 million people. Silt-related problems have diminished Rabat's role as a port; however, Rabat and Salé still maintain important textile, food processing and construction industries. In addition, tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat one of the most important cities in the country.

Once a reputed corsair haven, Rabat served as one of the many ports in North Africa for the Barbary pirates.

Rabat is accessible by train through the ONCF system and by plane through the nearby Rabat–Salé Airport.

The Moroccan capital was awarded second place in "Top Travel Destinations of 2013" by CNN. It is one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, and the medina of Rabat is listed as a World Heritage site.

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