The Evolution of Moroccan Gambling Law
The evolution of Moroccan gambling law is unusual for an Islamic nation in that gambling is legalised. Tourism and its origins have played a big part in that. Morocco gained independence from French and Spanish protectorates during 1956 at a time when some resort style casinos were already in existence.
Although gambling was a small part of Moroccan culture the new government sought to expand it to attract more casino tourism. The famous Casino de Marrekech had already been operating since 1952 and it was a regular stop for international travellers. Other casinos soon opened in the resort areas of Agadir, Casablanca and Tangier.