(; ; ; ), officially the Kingdom of Morocco
, is a country in the Maghreb
region of North Africa
. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries (with Spain
) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The Arabic name al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah
(, meaning "The Western Kingdom") and Al-Maghrib
(, meaning "The West") are commonly used as alternate names.