American travel magazine “Big 7 Travel” published an article about the 50 friendliest cities in the world. Morocco’s largest and most crowded city, Casablanca, earned the 49th spot on the list.
“With a thriving market square that’s home to the city’s Medina, it’s easy to get lost here, but residents will show you around (just don’t expect that guide to be for free). Casablanca has a great atmosphere, but be aware of pickpockets,” wrote the magazine.
The online publication made the list based on reviews from readers. The criteria taken into consideration included the difficulty of navigating the streets, strangers’ readiness to help, and how easy it is to make new friends.
Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco and in the Maghreb region. It is also the eighth-largest city in the Arab world.
The magazine’s ranking may seem weird to Moroccans, as “friendliness” would be low on the list of their first thoughts about Casablanca. “Crowded” or “noisy” is the general consensus about life in the metropolis.
Other cities from the Arab world that made it to the rankings are Muscat, Oman, ranked 18th, and Abu Dhabi, UAE, in the 13th position.
Vancouver, Canada, earned the title of friendliest city in the world, according to the magazine, followed by Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Bruges in Belgium, Taipei in Taiwan, and Hamburg in Germany.
Big 7 Travel is an online US magazine that specializes in travel. The publication has a team that reviews hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, and tourist spots all over the world.