Sidi Kacem

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Sidi Kacem
سيدي قاسم
Town
Sidi Kacem, Morocco
Sidi Kacem is located in Morocco
Sidi Kacem
Sidi Kacem
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 34°13′N 5°42′W / 34.217°N 5.700°W / 34.217; -5.700Coordinates: 34°13′N 5°42′W / 34.217°N 5.700°W / 34.217; -5.700
Country  Morocco
Region Rabat-Salé-Kénitra
Province Sidi Kacem
Government
 • Type Mayor
 • Mayor El Hafed Mohamed
 • Governor Brahim Abouzeid
Elevation 194 m (636.5 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
 • Total 75,672
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
Area code(s) 212

Sidi Kacem (Moroccan Arabic: سيدي قاسم‎, translit. sidi qasəm‎) is a city in Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco. It is the capital of Sidi Kacem Province.

History[edit]

During the French period the city was called Petitjean, in reference to a French captain who was killed in May 1911 during the "pacification" of Morocco. Oil drilling exploration commenced in the vicinity of Sidi Kacem by the French in 1934; production of crude oil began locally in 1939.[2]

Slightly to the south of Sidi Kacem lies Volubilis, which was in antiquity an important Roman town near the westernmost border of the Roman Empire. It was built on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement from the third century BC, if not earlier.[3]

Weather[edit]

Summers are hot to very hot, highs clock between 32 °C (89.6 °F) and 36 °C (96.8 °F). Winters in the other hand are cold, and lows usually go beyond the freezing point. During the winter it rains with an average precipitation of 350 and 600 mm. It does not snow in Sidi Kacem.[attribution needed]

Education[edit]

There are no universities in Sidi Kacem, and the only higher education available is in the Prince Moulay Abdellah Technical High School, where students can get a Higher Diploma in Electrical studies. Most residents of the city who seek higher education travel to Kenitra, where they can attend Ibn Tofail University, or other larger cities.

Transportation[edit]

Sidi Kacem's small taxis have fixed tolls depending on from where you are going and your destination. Add 50% of the toll at night.

Sidi Kacem is located along Morocco's national ONCF railway line and was considered a crossroads because passengers going to the North had to switch trains in its station. This is not longer the case as the ONCF has constructed a direct railway which doesn't cross Sidi Kacem.[attribution needed]

The town has a local bus station, which serves all the regions of the country, in addition to multiple grand-taxis stations, for the nearest cities and villages.

Sites[edit]

  • Sidi Kacem's tomb located in Zaouia.
  • Oil refinery.

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