Region: The Oriental
Considered a conservative region, the Oriental region is one of the regions of Morocco where the traditions are most ingrained because of its rich history, a paradise for archaeologists.
The Oriental region covers 82,820 km2, or 11.6% of the national territory. It is a tri-border area with a population of 2,314,346 in 2014, or 6.8 per cent of the national population. The region occupies the north-east of Morocco.
The northern part of the region is the most populous, corresponding to a very large part of the eastern Rif (coast rifiya from Hoceima to Kebdana / Saidia).
It is bordered on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by Algeria, on the south by Algeria and the Draâ-Tafilalet region) and on the west by the Fez-Meknes and Tangier-Tetouan regions -Al Hoceima.
The Region is strategically important, both for its geographical position and for its economic potential: it is the essential interface to strengthen Morocco's geostrategic position as a crossroads between Europe, the Great Maghreb and the Mediterranean world. By its extent within the national territory, the Oriental offers an exceptional diversity of natural biotope. The region occupies the north-east of Morocco.