Oriental (1997–2015)

Coordinates: 34°41′N 1°54′W / 34.683°N 1.900°W / 34.683; -1.900
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الجهة الشرقية
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; -1.900
Country Morocco
 • Wali (Governor)Abdelfettah El Houmam
 • Total82,900 km2 (32,000 sq mi)
 • Total1,918,094
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)

Oriental (French: L'Oriental, Arabic: الجهة الشرقية, Berber: Tagmuḍant, ⵜⴰⴳⵎⵓⴹⴰⵏ) is one of the sixteen former regions of Morocco. It covers an area of 82,900 km² and has a population of 1,918,094 (2004 census). The capital and 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.



  1. ^ "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat 2004". Hcp.ma. Retrieved 2012-05-29.

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