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Banks & Currency Exchange -- There are banks dotted throughout the city center, most with ATMs and exchange facilities. On place du 16 Novembre, you'll find branches of Banque Populaire (tel. 0522/202540) and BMCI (tel. 0522/224198). If you've got traveler's checks, try the branch of Crédit du Maroc (tel. 0522/477000) at 48 bd. Mohammed V. There's a BMCE bureau de change within the Hyatt Regency hotel on place des Nations Unies, which is open daily 9am to 9pm.

Car Rentals -- All the major international firms are located in the city center, including Avis, 19 av. des F.A.R. (tel. 0522/312424); Budget, Tour des Habbous, avenue des F.A.R., near the Sheraton Hotel (tel. 0522/313124); Europcar, Tour des Habbous, avenue des F.A.R., near the Sheraton Hotel (tel. 0522/313737); Hertz, 25 rue Araibi Jilali (tel. 0522/484710); and National/Alamo, 12 rue Araibi Jilali, first floor (tel. 0522/277141). They also all have desks at the airport: Avis (tel. 0522/539072), Budget (tel. 0522/539157), Europcar (tel. 0522/539161), Hertz (tel. 0522/539181), and National/Alamo (tel. 0522/539716); all are usually open daily 8am to 10pm. Reputable local firms include Afrique Rent a Car, 5 rue Abderrahmane ben Mkhanet (tel. 0522/268485), and Ennasr Car, 18 bd. d'Anfa (tel. 0522/220813).

Consulates -- The U.S. maintains a consulate in Casablanca, 8 bd. Moulay Youssef (tel. 0522/264550 or 0661/172367 in an emergency; http://casablanca.usconsulate.gov), as does the U.K., 36 rue de la Loire, Polo (tel. 0522/857400), although all consular services to British citizens have recently been transferred to the embassy in Rabat.

Doctors & Dentists -- Recommended English-speaking doctors include Dr. Alain Guidon, 6 rue Jean Jaurès (tel. 0522/267153); Dr. Mohammed Bennani, 45 rue Atlas Maarif (tel. 0522/982323 or 0522/391413); Dr. Solange Lahlou-Bouflet, 14 rue Saad ben Abi Oakkas, off boulevard Hassan II (tel. 0522/200249); and pediatrician Dr. Dalila Ghazali, Residence Mawlid, rue ibn Katir, Maarif (tel. 0522/983390 or 0661/133298). Dr. Hassan Belcady, Tower 3 Laâyoune, 2 bd. bir Anzaran (tel. 0522/361039), and Dr. Hicham Benhayoun, 3 bd. Mohammed Abdou (tel. 0522/273314), are both recommended English-speaking dentists.

Drugstores -- There are pharmacies all over the city center, including Pharmacie du Progress (tel. 0522/270489) on place du 16 Novembre. All general pharmacies in Casablanca operate Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm and 3:30 to 8pm, and Saturday 8:30am to 1pm. They then work on a roster system after hours; the list is on the front door. The Pharmacie du Nuit (tel. 0522/269491) is located within the Préfecture building, on place Mohammed V, open nightly from 9pm to 8am. There's a 24-hour pharmacy on the corner of place Oued al Makhazine and boulevard d'Anfa.

Emergency -- For general emergencies and the police, call tel. 19. For a public ambulance, call tel. 15. SOS Médicins Maroc (tel. 0522/252525) is a private ambulance service offering home visits by doctors (350dh per visit) and emergency evacuation.

Hospitals -- Private clinics with 24-hour admittance include Clinique Hakim, corner of rue Lahcen al Arjoun and rue Lavoisier (tel. 0522/859220); Clinique Badr, 35 rue el Allouissi Bourgogne (tel. 0522/492800 or 0522/492380); and Clinique Yasmine, boulevard Sidi Abderrahman Hay el Hana (tel. 0522/396960). For children, go to Paediatric Clinique Atfal, 50 bd. Abderrahim Bouabid, Oasis (tel. 0522/231818), and ask for Dr. Refass.

Internet Access -- Gig@NET, 140 bd. Mohammed Zerktouni, is open daily from 9am until past midnight, and CyberNet, 38 rue Mouftaker Abdelkader, is open daily from 8:30am to 11pm.

Laundry & Dry Cleaning -- There are no self-service laundromats in Casa's city center. City dry cleaners include Lavomatic International (no phone), 24 rue Salah ben Bouchaib, and Elegance Pressing (tel. 0522/295674), on the corner of rue Charif Amiane and rue Prince Moulay Abdellah. Both are open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 8pm. A shirt or pair of pants costs around 15dh. Otherwise, you can ask at your hotel reception desk, though this can prove expensive as they usually charge per item. Often your hotel's cleaning staff will do your laundry privately to earn some money on the side, a practice usually accepted by the management. A plastic shopping bag of laundry shouldn't cost you more than 30dh this way, although perhaps don't trust them with your favorite white shirt or dress.

Maps & Books -- The series of maps produced by Plan Guides du Maroc (tel. 0522/310281) includes a 2005 edition of Casablanca. Like others in the series, it's a full-blown map of the entire city, and would serve travelers' interests better if it were more concentrated on the city center. Nonetheless, it's helpful for self-drivers trying to navigate their way into the city, and gives a good overall view of the city's size. Have a look in your arrival airport's news agencies to see if the map is available. On the same scale, but even less effective due to the omission of many street names, is a city map produced by the Casablanca Conseil Regional du Tourisme (www.visitcasablanca.ma). Both maps are infrequently available. Librairie de France, 4 rue Chenier, a minor street connecting boulevard Mohammed V with place des Nations Unies (tel. 0522/209077), sometimes stocks city maps of Agadir, Fes, Marrakech, and Rabat, along with a selection of mostly French-language Moroccan guidebooks and coffee table-style books. There are also small selections of Moroccan Arabic-English translation books, and English-language fiction. Hours are Monday to Friday 9am to noon and 2 to 7pm, Saturday 9am to noon, and Sunday 2 to 7pm. Mohammed Lamkhantar operates a newsstand on the corner of boulevard Mohammed V and place des Nations Unies, and often has English-language Morocco guidebooks and maps. He's open Monday to Saturday 7am to 9pm.

Newspapers -- Dotted around place des Nations Unies are newsstands selling weekly international versions of the U.K.'s Guardian and the U.S.'s Herald Tribune newspapers, along with the odd English-language copy of Time, Newsweek, and The Economist.

Photographic Needs -- There are quite a few photo-processing studios located on or near the pedestrian-only section of rue Prince Moulay Abdellah. There's also Studio Restinga, 27 rue Tahar Sebti (tel. 0522/275388), where you can get your digital images copied to CD. It's open Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Police -- There's a Commissariat de Police (tel. 0522/989865) on boulevard Brahim Roudani, and Poste de la Police Touristique (Tourist Police) near the port on boulevard President Félix Houphouet Boigny. For emergencies, dial tel. 19.

Post Office & Mail -- Casablanca's main post office, which receives all poste restante mail, is on place Mohammed V, at the junction of avenue Hassan II and boulevard de Paris, open Monday to Friday 8am to 4:15pm, and Saturday 8 to 11:45am. There is a section inside for sending parcels (which must be inspected first) and Western Union services. There's a handy branch on the corner of boulevard Mohammed V and rue Chaouia (aka rue Colbert), which is open the same hours. DHL has an office located at 52 bd. Abdelmoumen (tel. 0522/548904), open Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. FedEx has its Moroccan headquarters in the Globex building, 313 bd. Mohammed V (tel. 0522/541212), open Monday to Friday 8am to 7:30pm, and Saturday 8am to 12:15pm. There's another office at 262 bd. Zerktouni (tel. 0522/264470), open Monday to Friday 8am to 6:30pm, and Saturday 8am to 12:15pm.

Restrooms -- There are no public restrooms within Casablanca's city center. Your best option is to duck into one of the larger hotels, such as the Hyatt Regency on place des Nations Unies, or the Sheraton, halfway along avenue des F.A.R. There's also a McDonald's on rue Allal ben Abdellah, not far from the junction with place des Nations Unies, and another one along the boulevard de la Corniche, out in the beachside suburb of Aïn Diab.

Safety -- For such a frenetic city by day, much of Casablanca's city center closes down by 10pm. Up to this time, most streets are safe to walk around, though the area around the Marché Centrale can always feel a little rough. Late at night, travelers should be aware of their surroundings if walking back to accommodations, especially from the restaurant-bar strip along rue Allal ben Abdallah, the seedy bar area along rue Mohammed el Qorri, and within the medina. My general advice for late night is that it's best to catch a taxi unless your accommodations are close by.

Telephone -- Casablanca's city code recently changed from 022 to 0522.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.