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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Can you please answer a few questions about currency? I'm trying to figure out how much money to take, but it's hard when you don't know the cost of living. Maybe you could help shed some light. I am going to Casablanca Morocco and was wondering what one Dirham would buy if anything. Maybe you can tell me for example how much a T-Shirt would cost there in Dirhams?

A: The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (DH), which is further divided into 100 centimes. In total, there are 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 DH notes, 1, 5 and 10 DH coins and 5, 10, 20 and 50-centime coins. One dirham is equal to roughly 15-cents.

The best bet for money exchange in Morroco is at a bank or at an approved exchange office, which you'll see are identified by a golden sign.

According to the Moroccan National Tourist Office, no commission is charged and you will be given a slip that will be required at the end of your stay to exchange any remaining Dirhams back into the original currency. Credit cards are generally accepted in major hotels, shops and restaurants.

For purchases, a tee-shirt price ranges between 70 and 200 Dirhams (depending on the type) or $10CDN and $29CDN like in Canada. For food, an average meal costs from 70 dirhams ($10CDN) and up. Sandwiches are about 30-dirhams ($4 CDN) while bottled water is about 4-dirhams. If you need more travel information on Morocco, surf www.tourismmorocco.ca

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