The Moroccan city of Fes has two equally flattering nicknames – called both the 'Mecca of the West' and the 'Athens of Africa', this is a city everyone should see at least once. With a population of roughly a million, expats living in Fes will find themselves in a thriving center of commerce, the third largest city in Morocco and one of the most dynamic cities in Africa. The city is a cornucopia of heritage and culture, and expatriates living in Fes should make visiting the old tanning pools, the famously beautiful Madrasa Bou Inania, and the historic University of Al-Karaouine an early priority. This ancient city with a history stretching back over a thousand years is a cultural experience not soon forgotten, and expats in Fes will be based in a city that has beguiled, astonished and charmed travelers and traders for centuries.
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As a major cultural and commercial center, the city is well connected and expatriates moving to Fes can come by road, rail or air. The simplest route is to fly to the city's international Saïss Airport, which is well-served with flights to many major European destinations. We have a good collection of articles on expatriation for expats moving to Fes who wish to read up before travelling on the InterNations website, many in our online Expat Magazine. This is a comprehensive collection of articles on topics ranging from moving and living abroad to international business etiquette and cross-cultural communication. For a more anecdotal insight into the ups and downs of expatriation and international travel, we also have a good collection of content written by other InterNations members, many of whom have great tips and stories to tell which will give expats moving to Fes a good idea of what to expect from life as an expatriate.
The city is an ancient center of culture and commerce and expats working in Fes will find themselves in a bustling economy which still produces a vast variety of traditional goods. The city's old crafts, agriculture industry and tanning pools all give expatriates working in Fes the feeling of being at the heart of a city whose culture has remained intact over the centuries. Similarly, the street culture and night life are a beguiling blend of old and new, and the city's Mediterranean climate gives expats in Fes plenty of sunshine in the summer and relatively mild winters, with cool nights throughout the year. The forums, discussion groups and private communications on the InterNations website are a great way for expatriates in Fes to get in touch with other global minds, as well as to organize meet-ups or get the latest information on what to do and where to go in the city; for there are few more stimulating cities in which to be an expat than Fes.