Casablanca

Casablanca

الدار البيضاء (Arabic)
ⴰⵏⴼⴰ (Berber)
City / State
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Nickname(s): 
Casa
Casablanca is located in Morocco
Casablanca
Casablanca
Location of Casablanca within Morocco
Casablanca is located in Africa
Casablanca
Casablanca
Casablanca (Africa)
Coordinates: 33°32′N 7°35′W / 33°32′N 7°35′W / 33.533; -7.583
Country Morocco
RegionCasablanca-Settat
First settled7th century BC
reconstructed1756
Government
 • MayorAbdelaziz El Omari
Area
 • City / State220 km2 (80 sq mi)
 • Metro
20,166 km2 (7,786 sq mi)
Elevation
0 to 150 m (0 to 492 ft)
Population
 (2014)[2]
 • City / State3,359,818
 • Rank1st in Morocco
 • Metro
6,861,739[1]
DemonymsCasablancais
Casawis, bidawi
Time zoneUTC+1 (www.casablancacity.ma

Casablanca (Arabic: الدار البيضاء[adˈdaːru ɫbajdˤaːʔ] white house, Berber languages: ⴰⵏⴼⴰ [ænfæ] incline) is the largest city in Morocco and is located in the central-western part of Morocco bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Casablanca is also the largest city in the Maghreb, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically.

Casablanca is Morocco's chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. According to the 2014 population estimate, the city has a population of about 3.35 million in the urban area and over 6.8 million in the Casablanca-Settat region. Casablanca is considered the economic and business center of Morocco, although the national political capital is Rabat.

The leading Moroccan companies and many international corporations doing business in the country have their headquarters and main industrial facilities in Casablanca. Recent industrial statistics show Casablanca holds its recorded position as the primary industrial zone of the nation. The Port of Casablanca is one of the largest artificial ports in the world,[citation needed] and the second largest port of North Africa, after Tanger-Med 40 km (25 mi) east of Tangier.[3] Casablanca also hosts the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Etymology

The original name of Casablanca was Anfa (Neo-Tifinagh: ⴰⵏⴼⴰ), in Berber language, by at least the seventh century BC.[citation needed] After the Portuguese took control of the city in the 15th century AD, they rebuilt it, changing the name to Casa Branca ([kazɐ'bɾɐ̃kɐ]). It derives from the Portuguese word combination meaning "White House" (branca "white", casa "house"). The present name, which is the Spanish version (pronounced [kasaˈβlaŋka]), came when the Portuguese kingdom was integrated in personal union to the Spanish kingdom. During the French protectorate in Morocco, the name remained Casablanca (pronounced [kazablɑ̃ka]). In 1755 an earthquake destroyed most of the town. It was rebuilt by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah who changed the name into the local Arabic Ad-dar Al Baidaa' (الدار البيضاء), although occasionally "Casablanca" is written in Arabic (كازابلانكا, Kāzāblānkā). The city is still nicknamed Casa by many locals and outsiders to the city. In many other cities with a different dialect, it is called Ad-dar Al-Bida, instead.