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leila4174
3/29/2016 09:49 EST

Hello,

I am moving to Rabat from Marbella, Spain, to join my husband, who is Spanish and working on a large development project on the river front in Rabat.

We have 4 small children, 6yrs, 4, 2, and 8 months, who would also need schools. They are all bilingual Spanish/ English, but two older are currently entolled in a German school here and hence have that added.

we are considering Khalil Gibran School.. Any other sugestions welcome. I also would welcome advice on neighbourhoods to live in..
My husband tells me souissi is the most appropriate given the schools location. would you say a pool is a "must have"?

are prices posted on avito.ma etc very negotiable?

sorry - lots of questions in one posting. bit nervous about the move

many thanks

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Lukab0073
4/29/2016 14:10 EST

Greetings from Canada!
We are moving to Rabat this August (2016) and we are in the process of enrolling our kids (age 10 & 6) to RAS.
We are looking for housing in Souissi and Hay Raid and need a bit more information of these two area.

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convoyemp
4/29/2016 15:19 EST

Suissie is more central - I prefer Suissie. Hay Riad is nice but a little further out. Hay Riad is nearer to the Rabat Agdal Train station and near to Kamera where the Gare Routiere (bus station) is situated. Suissie is nearer to the embassies, Palace, Tour Hassan, the boat over to Sale and near to the Marina and souqs.

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Lukab0073
4/29/2016 15:31 EST

Thanks for the reply!
Why do you prefer Souissi? (I know the answer may not suit me)
Also I not a driver, is this going to be a big problem getting around Rabat on the daily basis?
What is the security concerns for a woman (Asian) going out during the day?

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Lukab0073
4/29/2016 15:38 EST

I'm a bit confused...
I check the map. Hay Riad is at the south of Souissi however the train station and the bus station that you mentioned are at the north east of Souissi....

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FarahL
4/30/2016 14:50 EST

Hi There,
The majority of people in Morocco do not have cars; this means that public transport has to be extensive & cheap- but quality standards are unlikely to be what you are used to . There is a newish tram system which looks good but I haven't used it myself.
Most people make extensive use of taxis; these are all very clearly marked and all in the same colourways. They are supposed to be metered....! In terms of safety, your biggest problem will be ensuring that all the seatbelts are in place & working...
Regarding security, Morocco has the lowest crime rates in Africa. Rabat, as the political capital of the country, is a relatively sophisticated city and people are well used to seeing foreigners of all types around. You should therefore just approach your security in the same way that you would in the US.
One last thought: the layout of Rabat means that the city is divided by a river- and the majority of workers & schoolchildren go home for a 2-3 hour lunch break. This means that instead of two 'rush hours' a day, there are FOUR- and all that traffic has to use a small number of bridges and underpasses, leading to some truly horrendous traffic jams. I would suggest, therefore, that you ensure that your home, school and anything else important to you is all located on the same side of the river...

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convoyemp
5/1/2016 02:29 EST

Hi, Public transport is not a real problem in Morocco but its easier in Suissi. In Hay Riad I feel is a little more select so further to walk to the main road for as taxi. In Suissi youre right near to the tramway and main shopping centre plus all amenities. Being a woman alone in Morocco should not pose a problem. I am a while, fair haired woman frequently travelling alone in many parts of Morocco. Alhamdolilleh until now have never had a problem But I put it down to dressing modestly, I don't wear much make up and very little jewellery. People are friendly and want to talk. If men make a call I smile and say good morning but carry on with my business. I will stop to chat with storekeepers and women.

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leila4174
5/2/2016 13:10 EST

I have enjoyed reading all the posts. We have decided idea on soussi but was wondering get what a min 4 bed house (pool not necessary) might cost. Even an apartment within a good complex.

Are the rates posted on online sites real or heavily/marginally negotiable.

Would also welcome any tips from other parents or chance to meet. We have 4 kids aged 6, 4, 2 and 9 months. I am Danish a d my husband is Spanish but we are multilingual.

Thank you

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leila4174
5/2/2016 14:02 EST

Think I pressed unlike button by mistake instead if "like". Sorry

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SusanC
8/22/2016 15:28 EST

Hello. Also planning for a possible transfer to Rabat area in fall 2017.
Is Suissie close to the US Embassy or the airport?

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RMO
8/22/2016 17:08 EST

Hi welcome to Rabat!
US embassy is on Mohamed VI avenue in Souissi (near Casablanca Highway). The airport is located in Sale arround 35-45 min from Souissi
If you need any additional information do not hesitate

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Badrsh
8/22/2016 19:01 EST

Hell everyone, I see that a lot is asking about where to stay in Rabat Souissi or Hay Riad... Alright, I believe I can help but not now I prefere if you could text me or call me on my phone : +212635345246, or email me : . I'll be happy to help all of you since I used to live in Rabat for studies and now I moved to Kenitra. And btw I think Agdal is a good choice but the prices in all those places are pretty high and pf course you can negociate with Avito people but don't trust eveyone there !
Talk soon

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Badrsh
8/22/2016 19:03 EST

Hello* not hell omg I'm so sorry.

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Badrsh
8/22/2016 19:11 EST

About Hay Riad is one of the best streets where to live in Morocco, but it's kinda expensive and for the transport there is only taxis (small and big ones) and bus which I don't recommend it.

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