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Municipality and city
Flag of Settat
Settat is located in Morocco
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 33°0′N 7°37′W / 33.000°N 7.617°W / 33.000; -7.617
Country  Morocco
Region Chaouia-Ouardigha
Province Settat Province
Population (2004)
 • Total 116,570
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
Website fb/akhbarsettat

Settat (Arabic: سطات‎) is a city in Morocco between the national capital Rabat and Marrakech. Settat is located 83.9 km by road south of the centre of Casablanca, roughly an hour's drive.[1] It is the capital of the prefecture of Chaouia-Ouardigha and Settat Province, the oldest and largest city in the province, in both size and population. According to the 2004 census, it had a population of 116,570 people.[2] Settat is 370m above sea level, built on a plateau surrounded by foothills in all directions. The antiquities of Settat include the very old Ismailiya Kasbah distinguished by the statue of a steed which lies at the center of the city.


The name Settat comes from "Ait Settat" a Senhaja-Berber clan of the Houara tribe.[3] They belonged to the Masmuda-led Almohad alliance according to al-Baydaq, Ibn Hazm and Ibn Khaldun.[3] Their origin is south-east of the High-Atlas and they seemingly settled in the Chaouia region as a result of the Almohad advance to the north.[3]


By choosing to build the Kasbah on the hilly site of Settat, 18th century Moroccan ruler Moulay Ismail would trigger the process of urbanization. Indeed, the building of the Kasbah brought order and security for travelers and residents supported the settlements near it. Moreover, by installing the first Caïd in the region which previously depended Caïd Doukkali and Rahmani, Moulay Ismail formalized Settat status as capital of this region.

Settat became an administrative center in the early 13th century, due to its strategic position as an unavoidable passage between North and South. Thanks to the richness of the soil, it also has prospered during the 18th and 19th centuries as an important trading center for agricultural products, attracting entrepreneurs. This was the case for Moroccan Jews who settled here en masse in the 19th century, building their own neighborhood, the Mellah, near the Kasbah.

This development was disrupted in the early 20th century during the early chaos of the French colonization when the Chaouia tribes rallied to Moulay Hafid. However, under the French protectorate, the city of Settat had unprecedented urban development, as evidenced by the population boom it experienced from 1913 to 1925. This prosperity lasted until the early fifties when, as a result of the development of Casablanca, communications, and transportation, the city of Settat and other towns in the region have entered a period of semi-lethargy.

In the early 1990s, Settat was endowed with a university L’Université Hassan 1er de Settat,[4] an international golf course,[5] and a racetrack. Settat has undergone large-scale urban planning from the 1970s to become an important regional center. Settat is linked to Casablanca (57 km) since 2001 by the A7 highway, and Marrakech (146 km) since 2007.

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  1. ^ Maps (Map). Google Maps. 
  2. ^ "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat de 2004" (PDF). Haut-commissariat au Plan, Lavieeco.com. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Kitab al-Ansab fi Marifat al-Ashab (The book of Genealogy for the knowledge of the companions), al-Baydaq, reviewed by Abdelwahab Benmansour, pp53, 1971
  4. ^ "L’Université Hassan 1er de Settat". L’Université Hassan 1er de Settat. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Settat University Royal Golf Club". Worldgolf.com. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 

Coordinates: 33°00′N 7°37′W / 33.000°N 7.617°W / 33.000; -7.617

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Sun, 10 May 2015 09:46:46 -0700

Selon sa présidente, Rachida Lemonnier, «le but de l'Association est d'aider à scolariser les orphelins et les enfants de la rue à Settat», précise-t-elle au journal Ouest-France. Ainsi, apprend-on, la première action de la nouvelle organisation sera ...


Wed, 06 May 2015 23:33:45 -0700

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Morocco World News
Mon, 04 May 2015 04:47:20 -0700

According to daily newspaper Al Massae, the man was wrongly imprisoned while he was initially given a six-month suspended sentence in a bounced check case. The man was wrongfully convicted by the Court of First Instance of Settat to serve two months ...

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Morocco World News
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:28:04 -0700

At the opening ceremony, Mr. Abdelkader Talbi, Head of the Local Ministry of Education in Settat, spoke about the importance of the initiative and the role of partnerships with national and international partners in promoting the culture of civic ...

The North Africa Post

The North Africa Post
Thu, 07 May 2015 03:41:15 -0700

He was born in Settat to Berber parents from the poor mountainous southern region of Taroudant. The family later on settled in Casablanca where Sajid attended secondary school before going to France to study business. After he graduated from the ...


Aujourd'hui Le Maroc
Thu, 21 May 2015 08:22:30 -0700

... la première place du podium sur tout le Royaume avec un bond des prix de 1,2%, à Marrakech et Béni-Mellal avec, pareillement, un IPC en hausse de 0,8%, à Guelmim avec une augmentation des prix de 0,6% et enfin à Tétouan et Settat qui ont connu une ...
Morocco World News
Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:22:21 -0800

Settat-Five people were killed and two others injured, including one seriously, in a road accident Monday in the town of Khemissat Chaouia near Settat local authorities said. The victims, all from the same family, were killed when their car crashed in ...


Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:45:04 -0800

On y lit que la BNPJ (Brigade nationale de la police judiciaire) a convoqué 11 responsables à la direction régionale de l'Agriculture de Chaouia-Ouardigha (basée à Settat, chef-lieu de cette région) pour les auditionner concernant des ...

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