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Tangier

Tangier
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Bay of Tangier
Bay of Tangier

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Coat of arms of Tangier
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Tangier is located in Morocco
Tangier
Tangier
Location in Morocco
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Country Morocco
Region Tangier-Tetouan
Highest elevation 145 m (476 ft)
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 974,000
 • Rank 3rd in Morocco

Tangier (/tæn'dr/; Arabic: ?? ?anja; Berber: ?anja) is a major city in northern Morocco, with a population of approximately 974,000. It is located on the North African coast at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Spartel. It is the capital of the Tangier-Tetouan Region and of the Tangier-Asilah prefecture of Morocco.

The history of Tangier is very rich, due to the historical presence of many civilizations and cultures starting from before the 5th century BCE. Between the period of being a strategic Berber town and then a Phoenician trading center to the independence era around the 1950s, Tangier was a refuge for many cultures. In 1923, Tangier was considered as having international status by foreign colonial powers, and became a destination for many European and American diplomats, spies, writers and businessmen.

The city is currently undergoing rapid development and modernization. Projects include new tourism projects along the bay, a modern business district called Tangier City Center, a new airport terminal and a new football stadium. Tangier's economy is also set to benefit greatly from the new Tanger-Med port.

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