Oriental (Morocco)

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For other uses of the world "Oriental", see Orient (disambiguation).
Egypt and Saudi Arabia also have provinces called Ash-Sharqīyah. See Sharqia Governorate and Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
  • الجهة الشرقية
  • ⵜⴰⴳⵎⵓⴹⴰⵏⵜ
Jebel Tamejout - Grotte du Chameau (Zegzel)
Jebel Tamejout - Grotte du Chameau (Zegzel)
Location in Morocco
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 34°41′N 1°54′W / 34.683°N 1.900°W / 34.683; -1.900Coordinates: 34°41′N 1°54′W / 34.683°N 1.900°W / 34.683; -1.900
Country  Morocco
Capital Oujda
 • Wali (Governor) Abdelfettah El Houmam
 • Total 82,900 km2 (32,000 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 2,097,629
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Oriental (Berber: ⵜⴰⴳⵎⵓⴹⴰⵏⵜ, Tagmuḍant; Arabic: الجهة الشرقية; French: Oriental) is one of the sixteen regions of Morocco. It covers an area of 82,900 km² and has a population of 2,097,629 (2014 census). The capital and the largest city is Oujda, and the second largest city is Nador.


It is situated in the north-east of the country, with a northern coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. The regions of Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate, Fès-Boulemane and Meknès-Tafilalet lie to its west, with the Algerian provinces of Tlemcen and Naâma to its east and Béchar to the south. Melilla, a Spanish autonomous city, also borders the region.

The region is made up into the following prefectures and provinces:

Municipalities by population (2004)[edit]

Main square of Oujda, the regional capital and largest city.



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