Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaër (French pronunciation: [ʁaba sale zemuʁ zɛʁ]; Arabic: الرباط سلا زمور زعير, alribat salaa zumur zaeir, Berber: Errbaṭ-Sla-Zemmur-Zɛir) was formerly one of the sixteen regions of Morocco from 1997 to 2015. It was situated in north-western Morocco. It covered an area of 9,580 km², and had a population of 2,676,754 (2014 census). The capital was Rabat.[1]


الرباط سلا زمور زعير
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 34°02′N 6°50′W
Country Morocco
  Total9,580 km2 (3,700 sq mi)
 (2014 census)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)
ISO 3166 codeMA-07

Administrative divisions

The region is made up into the following provinces and prefectures :


Most of the population of this region has historically been concentrated in coastal areas. The first recorded history is centered at Chellah, an early Phoenician settlement at the edge of Rabat along the southern bank of the Oued Bou Regreg. Later the Romans took control and enlarged Chellah, whose ruins are today a prominent archaeological point of interest. Chellah was a significant ancient port city town with remains including the Decumanus Maximus, a forum, a monumental fountain, a triumphal arch, and other ruins.[2]

In the seventeenth century the first regional governmental entity was formed, unifying Rabat and Salé.[3] This regime was the headquarters of Barbary pirates and held sway over a turbulent time.


  1. African Cities - Driving the NEPAD Initiative, UN-HABITAT ISBN 92-1-131921-8
  2. C. Michael Hogan, Chellah, The Megalithic Portal, ed. A. Burnham, 2007
  3. The Middle East and North Africa: Essays in Honor of J.C. Hurewitz, J. C. Hurewitz, Reeva S. Simon, 1990, Columbia University Press, 545 pages ISBN 0-231-07148-5
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