|o Total||96.4 km2 (37.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||470 m (1,540 ft)|
|o Rank||8th in Morocco|
|o Density||5,100/km2 (13,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (WET)|
|o Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (WEST)|
Wejda is the capital city of the Oriental region of northeastern Morocco and has a population of about 500,000 people. It is located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) west of the Moroccan-Algerian border and about 55 km (34 miles) south of the Mediterranean Sea coast.
The city was founded in 994 by Ziri ibn Atiyya, Berber chief of the Zenata Maghrawa tribe. Ziri was, with his tribe, authorised to occupy the region of Fas, but feeling insecure in that region and that town, and wishing to be nearer to the central Maghrib homeland of his tribe, he moved to Wajda, installed there a garrison and his possessions, appointing one of his relatives as governor. In the mid-11th century, a new quarter with a wall was allegedly added to the primitive core. Yusuf ibn Tashfin occupied the city in 1079, and in the next century, it came under Almohad control, with its fortifications repaired and strengthened under the Almohad caliph Muhammad al-Nasir.
In the mid-11th century, Oujda acquired prominence through its strategic position on the road east from Sijilmasa. Throughout the history of the dynasties of the Muslim West, Oujda played an important strategic role among the Merinids, settled in Fes, in this case as a rear base in their conflict with the Abdalwadids of the Kingdom of Tlemcen.
The city was rebuilt in the 13th century by sultan Abu Yusuf Yaqub. The city experienced great difficulty in making peace with its neighbours to the east, and sometimes to the west, because of its position in respect to the clashes between the Saadi dynasty and the Ottomans of Algiers. It was torn between the rulers of Fes and the rulers of Tlemcen, and from the 16th century, it was contested by the Alaouite dynasty and the ottomans of Algiers. In 1692, Sultan Ismail[who?] led in the ottomans, who established their hegemony on Algeria. Oujda fell again under ottoman rule in the following century.
The French occupied it in 1844 and again in 1859. To the west of the city is the site of the Battle of Isly in 1844. In 1907 and 1908 Oujda was reconquered by General Bugeaud and Marshal Lyautey and used as a French military base to control eastern Morocco. The modern city owes much of its present form to the French, it developed along the roads built at that time.
The 1948 Anti-Jewish Riots in Oujda and Jerada occurred in this city. The crowd, sparked off by a minor incident, poured into the Jewish quarter. In the three hours that passed before the army could control the mob, five people (including one Frenchman) had been killed, 30 had been severely injured, shops and homes had been sacked.
The Moroccan border with Algeria is just east of Oujda; on the other side of the border is the Algerian town of Maghnia. The border has been closed since 1994.
In 2010, Rod Solaimani famously chronicled his trip to Oujda for MTV.
The city is located 60 km (37 mi) south of the Mediterranean sea and 15 km (9 mi) west of Algeria, with an estimated altitude of 450 metres (1,476 feet).
To the north of the city is the Rif area.
The city has a cold semi-arid climate (Köppen climate classification BSk). Rainfall is between 300 mm (11.8 in) and 500 mm (19.7 in) per year. It rarely snows in winter, the last snowfall was on 5 February 2012. Weather in Oujda is cool but still tepid and wet in winter, hot and dry in summer.
There is to say that Oujda is mostly hotter than other cities in Morocco. While in a day Casablanca has over 20°C, Oujda can have over 30°C.
|Climate data for Oujda (Oujda Airport) 1961-1990, extremes 1910-present|
|Record high °C (°F)||25.0
|Average high °C (°F)||15.7
|Daily mean °C (°F)||9.8
|Average low °C (°F)||3.9
|Record low °C (°F)||-6.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||31.0
|Average precipitation days||7.9||8.5||8.1||8.5||7.3||3.9||1.7||2.4||3.6||6.2||7.8||8.1||74.0|
|Average relative humidity (%)||83||82||84||87||86||83||76||77||81||85||82||83||82|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||188.6||184.7||229.3||239.9||281.5||308.5||336.6||311.3||261.6||242.4||194.4||185.9||2,964.7|
|Source #1: NOAA|
|Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst (humidity, 1947-1976), Meteo Climat (record highs and lows)|
The main characteristic of the city is having the old city in the centre. The old city maintains traditional features of the Moroccan architecture with its narrow and twisted alleys which leads to the houses and different markets such as jewelry market and the leather market.
Gharnati refers to a variety of algerian music originating in Andalusia. Its name is related, being derived from the Arabic name of the Spanish city of Granada.
Gharnati constitutes the musical mode most used in the Moroccan city of Oujda, where besides this musical kind is omnipresent and where one organizes each year in June the International Festival of the Gharnati music. Oujda is also the destination of algerian raï.
The province is divided administratively into the following:
|Name||Geographic code||Type||Households||Population (2004)||Foreign population||Moroccan population||Notes|
|Ahl Angad||411.07.01.||Rural commune||2897||16494||113||16381|
|Ain Sfa||411.07.03.||Rural commune||837||5082||5||5077|
|Bni Khaled||411.07.05.||Rural commune||1231||7104||30||7074|
|Sidi Boulenouar||411.07.17.||Rural commune||516||3526||0||3526|
|Sidi Moussa Lemhaya||411.07.19.||Rural commune||563||3436||0||3436|
Oujda is known by the excellency of the inhabitant. Students in baccalaureate and engineering schools are known as the best in Morocco. Oujda is home to Mohammed the First University. This university is rated very well in Morocco. But, as other univ in Morocco, R&D investment is very low, public authorities are often ignoring the R&D sector. Lot of critics to the KING MOHAMMED 6 are raised , when it depends on education and medicine , especially investment on R&D. Oujda contains a Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Mohammed VIUniversity Hospital Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Mohammed VI]]. Also it contains a public high school of engineering called ENSAO. Besides, it contains more private school like Supmti(it), hem, hbf.
Oujda has a cement works.
A techno-pole (Oujda Shore) is constructed near the airport.
The city is served by Angads Airport, which has connecting flights to Eindhoven, Brussels, Madrid, Marseille and Paris as well as domestic flights to Casablanca.
The city is the endpoint of the main railroad from Casablanca via Fes and Taourirt before the border with Algeria. There are several day and night trains to and from the city, linking it to the western part of the country.
Oujda has a strategic importance because of its location on the border. There are many economic and natural resources however, problems of overpopulation of the city and increase in unemployment rate up to 18% of the 11% on the national level. Migration to foreign countries was up to 28.3% of the national total.
Oujda relies heavily on trading because of its location between west of Algeria and east of Morocco. The economy of the city is directly related to the border's condition as it represents a passage for businesses directed towards Fes in the west, Talmasan in the east, Figuig in the south and Melilla in the north. As for the Industry in Oujda, the first mill was founded in 1928. The industry showed significant improvement during the seventies and eighties but was still humble compared to the industry of major Moroccan cities.
There are few touristic and historic locations such as Sidi Yahya's oasis. However, due to the lack of resources tourism does not contribute much to Oujda's economy. On 18 March 2003 king Muhammad the sixth has indicated to the importance of reviving the economy of the eastern area. In the context of this effort, Technopol Oujda was established. Other efforts such as road improvement, airport expansion and other project to improve the cities economy was founded.
The sports infrastructure in Oujda is composed of a municipal stadium, an Olympic venue, the Honneur Stadium of Oujda, built in 1976, the sports complex 'Rock' including a rugby stadium, a complex tennis in the park Lala Aicha, a golf course and two sports halls.
The first football club to win the Throne Cup of Morocco was the Moloudia Club of Oujda (MCO) in 1957 after defeating the Wydad of Casablanca, in the next year MCO won his second and successive throne cup against the same club, in 1959 MCO was in his third successive final, but this time the club lost against the FAR of Rabat, the next year MCO played his fourth successive final against the FUS of Rabat and won the cup, in 1962 MCO won his last Throne cup against the Kawkab Athletic Club of Marrakech.
There is also the USMO, the second most popular Football club in Oujda.
Since 2009, the city has been twinned with Trowbridge in England due to the huge number of diasporans, most of whom originate from villages close to Oujda. Trowbridge has the largest Moroccan community in the UK outside London.