Country of the Week: Morocco

With its rich mixture of influences and cultures, Morocco takes all these little pieces and forms itself a new and unique cultural style that both calls back to its roots while keeping a distinct style. With coastlines and mountains lining up some of the vivid architecture, it's easy to see why the region is such a charming place to set your travel sights on.
With this in mind, let's take a peek into the signs and symbols that help represent the country in a global scale.
Other title(s): Kingdom of Morocco
Continent: Africa
Capital: Rabat
Most populous city:: Casablanca
Current political leader: Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (DH)
Language(s): Arabic, Tamazight
Major Religion(s): Islam
Famous landmarks: Djemaa El Fna, Bahia Palace, Hasaan II Mosque, Essaouira, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech Medina, Chefchaouen, Bab al-Mansour, Dades Valley, Erg Chebbi, Volubilis
National Symbol: Animal: Barbari lion; Coat of arms: a shield, held by two lions, displaying the Seal of Solomon green star against a red background before the Atlas Mountains and rising sun. Above the crown sits a royal crown, then below is a ribbon with the Arabic motto displayed on it.
Movies filmed in Morocco: Othello, The Man Who Would be King, The Jewel of Nile, The Mummy, Alexander, Babel, Sex in the City, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Inception, American Sniper, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, Captain Phillips, Game of Thrones, Prison Break: Sequel, A Hologram for the King
Famous people: Ibn Battuta, Merieme Chadid, Rachid Yazami, Mohammed Awzal, Baruj Benacerraf, French Montana, David Guetta, Jean Reno
Climate: Despite its famous sand dunes, Morocco's climate is Mediterranean, generally tropical than arid. However given the country's size temperatures are dependent on the region and altitude. Given its location in the northern hemisphere, it experiences winter (November-January) and summer (June-August) with fall and spring as the most ideal time to visit. Marrakech boasts of semi-arid climate while Rabat and Fex generally Meditteranean with the latter mostly rainy on winter and mild, sunny summer.
Popular festivals: Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, Kelaa-des-Mgouna Rose Festival, Marathon des Sables, Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival, Erfoud Date Festival, Imilchil Marriage Festival, Marrakech Popular Arts Festival, Essaouira Gnawa and World Music Festival