ICANN55 | General Information
The Marrakech-Menara Airport (RAK) is conveniently located six kilometres (four miles) south-west of Marrakech, Morocco. It is a comparatively small international airport that receives traffic mostly from Europe, Casablanca and several Arab nations. Though small, Menara International Airport is technologically advanced and is equipped to cater to aircraft up to the size of the Boeing 727s. Airlines serving Menara Airport include Air France, Air Horizons, Atlas Blue, GB Airways, Iberia Airlines, Regional Airlines and Morocco's national carrier Royal Air Maroc.
TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT
Marrakech’s Menara airport is located only ten kilometers from the city center, and 15km from the meeting venue, Palmeraie Hotel and Resort (approx travel time: 25 min). Limited transport options for arriving passengers, coupled with boisterous taxi drivers, can make for a short but interesting journey.
There is a taxi rank outside the terminal with plenty of drivers touting for business (journey time: 15-20 minutes). Agree on a price (around Dh100) before setting off (a sign outside the terminal will show how much passengers should pay). Please note that most of taxis do not accept credit card payments. Cash machines and exchange offices are available in the arrivals hall although it is a good idea to ensure that you arrive with some local currency in your wallet already.
There are two kinds of taxis in Morocco, and knowing the difference will help prevent you from being overcharged; the petit taxis and grand taxis. The petit taxis are personal transport, for you and up to three other passengers and a reasonable amount of luggage. These tend to be small hatchbacks. The grand taxis are meant to be shared and are priced accordingly. If you want one to yourself you'll have to pay for every seat. These grand taxis are usually big Mercedes.
The climate of Marrakech is fairly appealing throughout the year, with plenty of sunshine to soak up and enjoy. However, the weather experienced within Marrakech can be rather changeable at times and although there is usually plenty of sun during the winter months, the likelihood of rain at this time of the year increases.
Winter temperatures are at their lowest in January and February, although still manage to average 18°C / 64°F or 19°C / 66°F on many days, even topping 20°C / 68°F on occasion, although by night, it can feel quite cold and a jacket will certainly be necessary.
The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, denoted as MAD or Dhs.
Most of the main foreign currencies may be exchanged at a Bureau de Change in the airport or port upon arrival, at a bank and in most hotels although smaller hotels in more remote areas may not be able to exchange large amounts at one time without prior notice.
Most hotels will exchange at the same rate as banks and without charging commission. Exchanging money in the street is illegal, so travellers should look for an official Bureaux de Change, which is identifiable by a golden sign.
ATMs: ATMs or cash machines are available in the larger towns, but can be unreliable; currency can be exchanged at banks or official bureaux de change. The Dirham cannot be obtained or exchanged outside Morocco and traveller's cheques can be used in tourist areas.
Credit Cards: Most major credit cards are accepted throughout Morocco. However, it is advisable to clarify with your credit card and debit card companies on outlet acceptability and any special promotional offers available. Please note that American Express is not widely accepted in Morocco.
220 volts, 50Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type C / E.
Your need for an adapter depends on the voltage, frequency and power plugs in the country you live in.
Arabic is the official language, but eight other languages are also spoken including Berber, French and Spanish. English is generally understood in the tourist areas, but French is the most widely spoken.
WET (Western European Time) No UTC/GMT offset (GMT/UTC + 00:00)
Registration and attendance at the meeting is free. However, you are required to pay for your accommodation and meals. Coffee breaks are provided during the meeting.
SAFETY & SECURITY
Staying Safe in Bars and Restaurants
- Make sure you keep your property out of sight and safely under the table
- Many venues have clips under the tables, use them to secure your handbag or briefcase
- Don't accept drinks from strangers
- Check up on your friends by phone or text to make sure they got home safely and vice-versa
Keep Your Belongings Safe
- Don't leave your bag unattended
- Keep your purse or wallet close to your body and don't carry too much cash
- When using a cashpoint, check that no one is looking over your shoulder and that the ATM hasn't been tampered with. Cover the keypad so no one else can see your PIN number
- Keep your mobile phone, MP3 player, camera and other gadgets out of sight in your pocket or handbag when not in use
- Record details of your electronic serial numbers (ESNs)
- Inform your service provider and police if your phone or other valuables are stolen or lost.
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