Spice up your passport
Morocco has somehow done the impossible: they’ve crammed every holiday you could ever want into a single nation. And all you need to enter this delightful all-rounder is the Moroccan dirham, so swap your Aussie dollars for Moroccan dirham today.
Think of a great beachside holiday and no doubt your mind went to an island in the Pacific. Well, you’re in luck. You can enjoy great beaches like Sidi Kaouki, but without the chaotic overcrowding of some tourist hotspots. Then when you’ve dried off, you can take a deep breath and enter the buzzing Marrakesh medina, the market to rival any market on the planet. You’ll find beautiful garments, exotic food stalls, traditional musicians, snake charmers and plenty, plenty more. Maybe you’re adventurous and would prefer to explore the sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi on the edge of the Sahara. Or perhaps you’re intrigued by culture, and would favour a stroll through the colossal, 2ha Hassan II Mosque.
With some Moroccan dirhams in your pocket, you’ll be ready to partake in all of the splendour. The rules are pretty strict on exchanging currencies in Morocco – only foreign notes without marks or tears will be traded, so it’s best to exchange your currency at Travel Money Oz before you leave.
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Pick up locally
With over 140 convenient store locations across Australia, you can securely pick up your Moroccan Dirham with no hassles.
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Coins and notes
Every dirham is worth 100 santimat, so you’ll find smaller coins worth 1, 5, 10 and 20 santimat each. Strangely, the lowest dirham coin is regarded as a 1/2 dirham (not 50 santimat), then rising through 1, 2, 5 and 10 dirhams apiece. Since 2002, Moroccan banknotes are worth 20, 50, 100 and 200 dirhams respectively.
Facts about the currency
- The dirham is a closed currency, so you’ll only be able to bring in (or leave with) MAD 1,000 or less.
- The Moroccans have a less than flattering word for ‘money’, which translates directly as ‘dirt of the world’.
- Morocco has had three completely different currency systems in the last 100 years, using the rial until 1912, then the franc until 1960.
- If you happen to get a bit lost on your tour of Edg Chebbi (and wind up in Western Sahara), good news – the dirham is their currency too!