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

Sidi Kacem
ⵙⵉⴷⵉ ⵇⴰⵙⴰⵎ
سيدي قاسم
Sidi Kacem, Morocco
Sidi Kacem is located in Morocco
Sidi Kacem
Sidi Kacem
Location in Morocco
Sidi Kacem is located in Africa
Sidi Kacem
Sidi Kacem
Sidi Kacem (Africa)
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
ProvinceSidi Kacem
 • TypeGovernor, Pacha, Mayor
 • GovernorEl Habib Nadir
 • PashaRadouane Boushaib
 • MayorAbdelilah Ouissa
194 m (636.5 ft)
 • Total75,672
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)
Area code212


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 Mauretanian settlement from the third century BC, if not earlier.[3]


Summers are hot to very hot, highs clock between 32 and 36 °C (90 and 97 °F). Winters in the other hand are comparatively chilly, especially at night, and lows usually go beyond the freezing point. During the winter it rains with an average precipitation of 350 and 600 mm (14 and 24 in). It does not snow in Sidi Kacem.[attribution needed]


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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "POPULATION LÉGALE DES RÉGIONS, PROVINCES, PRÉFECTURES, MUNICIPALITÉS, ARRONDISSEMENTS ET COMMUNES DU ROYAUME D'APRÈS LES RÉSULTATS DU RGPH 2014" (in Arabic and French). High Commission for Planning, Morocco. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. ^ British Petroleum Company, Our Industry, Petroleum: A Handbook, published 1977, 600 pages
  3. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Volubilis, Megalithic Portal, ed. A. Burnham (2007)