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About Oujda

Oujda is a city located in North-East of Morocco. It is the capital of the Oriental Region of Morocco. The city has a Mediterranean climate. Rainfall can reach up to 300 mm (11.8 in) per year.

It seldom snows in winter, the last snowfall was on 5 February 2012. Weather in Oujda is very warm in winter and hot and dry in summer.

The main characteristic of the city is having the old city in the centre. The old city maintains traditional features of the Moroccan architecture with its narrow and twisted alleys which leads to the houses and different markets such as jewelry market and the leather market.

Angads Airport

Angads Airport is an airport serving Oujda. It is also known as  Oujda Angads Airport. the airport was used as a military airfield by the United States Army Air Forces Twelfth Air Force during the North African campaign during world war.

The airport resides at an elevation of 1,535 feet (468 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 06/24 with an asphalt/bitumen surface measuring 3,000 by 45 metres.

It is located about 12 kilometres (7 mi) north of Oujda and about 600 kilometres (373 mi) northeast of Casablanca, near the Algerian border.



Gharnati refers to a variety of Moroccan music originating in Andalusia. Its name is related, being derived from the Arabic name of the Spanish city of Granada.

Gharnati constitutes the musical mode most used in the Moroccan city of Oujda, where besides this musical kind is omnipresent and where one organizes each year in June the International Festival of the Gharnati music.

The first musician ever to introduce Gharnati music to Morocco in the 1940s was Mohammed Salah Chaabane known as Sheikh Salah. His sons Mohammed and Nasreddine Chaabane carried on his tradition after his death in 1973. Musicians of (Gharnati) raï include Hamid Bouchnak.

Traveling to Oujda in Morocco is a worthwhile trip. Not only will you be next to Algeria, but also you’ll be able to compare the city to other regions of Morocco, such as the Imperial Cities of Meknes, Fez, Rabat, and Marrakesh.

Like most cities that were apart of the French protectorate, there is a medina (the old city) and the ville nouvelle (the new city).

Each section has its own charm. The better hotels can be found in the new city. The main entrance is called the Bab El Ouabab, which is where a fall festival occurs each year after the plentiful harvest of olives. The French rebuilt the medina, so it’s not as maze-like as the one in Fez, a World Heritage Site.

Exploring the city of Oujda could take the better part of a day and it is recommended to begin near Souk El Ma, which is Arabic for Water Souk, or water market.

Water in the city used to be sold from the irrigation system that can still be seen today.

Now, however, you won’t have to pay for your water, but the area around it, along with covered market, near Place El Attarin is worth seeing.

Getting to and from Oujda is quite easy, by train, plane, or even grand taxi. Oujda is worth a visit, and you will soon realize that its location and distance from other major cities in the country have made it such an important yet distinct part of Morocco.

Regions of Morocco

Agadir Al  Hoceima Azilal Ben Slimane
Beni Mellal Boulemane Casablanca Chaouen
El Jadida El Kelaa des Sraghna Er Rachidia Essaouira
Fes-Boulemane Figuig Guelmim Ifrane
Kenitra Khemisset Khenifra Khouribga
Laayoune Larache Marrakech Meknes
Nador Ouarzazate Oujda Rabat-Sale
Safi Settat Sidi Kacem Tan-Tan
Tangier(Tetouan) Taounate Taroudannt Tata
Tata Tiznit    


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