ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics 2013

Location and Travel

Updated March 08, 2013

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Venue - Novotel City Center Hotel - Main Conference Facilities

Angle Zaid Ouhmad
Rue Sidi Belyout

Institut Pasteur in Morocco - Pre-conference Workshops

1, place Louis Pasteur
Casablanca 20100

For information, the way from hotel to the IP Casablanc is well served by the Tramway. Participants can have nice Walk from the Hotel to the Tram station for 5 to 10 minutes.

Tramy services starts 5h30 morning until 22h30 night.



To facilitate your trip and participation in the ISCB AFRICA Morocco 2013


Novotel Casablanca City Center Hotel


Located in the center of Casablanca just a short walk from the Casa Port train station at the heart of the business district, 4-star Novotel offers an unrivalled view of the Hassan II Mosque and the port of Casablanca. The Mohammed V Airport lies 19 miles (30 km) and 30 minutes away. Transfer by limousine can be arranged.

Guests also enjoy free WIFI throughout the hotel and tea and coffee making facilities in your room. Relax and unwind in the Delight lounge, bar and restaurant. Free car park. Located near to the medina, the Habbous district and shopping malls.

Special Conference Rate

Single: 93,15 euro plus tax

Double: 109,25 euro plus tax

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Rate for accommodation with breakfast: 86.25 € per room

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Millesima Travel
Logistics Travel - ISCB Africa ASBCB Conference on Bioinformatics. Morocco March 2013.

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Tél.: +216 71 752 999
Fax: +216 71 237 754
GSM:+216 23 99 44 98

Contact: Mr Othmen BELKACEM



Delegates are responsible for booking their own flights to and from Casablanca. In most cases, booking airline tickets via the internet is a cost-effective option.

Mohammed V International Airport (airport code CMN) is located in Morocco about 30 kilometers southeast of Casablanca. The busiest airport in Morocco has almost 7.25 million passengers annually and is named after the late Sultan Mohammed V. The airport has three terminals, Terminals 1 and 3 for international passengers and Terminal 2 and is served by trains, taxies and rental cars. Each week the airport has 182 flights to Paris, 17 flights to New York, and 14 flights to Dubai and Frankfurt.



-->Getting from the airport to the hotels

  1. Train at the airport to casablanca every hour (
    1. at the Train terminis (Ain Sbaa station, it takes about 40 min) you change and get the train to Casaport train station (every half hour). Casaport is the terminus. Novotel and Ibis are just cross the street from the main door.
    2. You stop at Casa voyageur train station, then you take the small red taxi to Novotel (close to Casa port train station). It should take 10 min and cost about 20-30 DH (2-3 euros) depending day or night tarif. 3 people can fit in the taxi and pay one bill.

  2. Take a (white) taxi (Grand Taxin they are all Merecedez) at the airport to the hotel. The price are around 30 euros. Do not hesitate to bargain if the driver ask you more ;) It takes 30 min to be at the hotel in non rush hours.

  3. You can ask Novotel Tel : 05 22 46 65 00 to send you a cab but you have to pay for it yourself.

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-->Getting to Institut Pasteur, Morocco by Tram:

  1. You go out of Novotel, walk 50 m towards the Main Avenue just in front named Boulevard Phelix houphouet Boigni
  2. Turn Left into Boulevard Phelix Houphouet Boigni (Right will teka to the ocean).
  3. 200 m there will be a large square, where is The big Hyatt Regency hotel.
  4. The Tram station is at the same square
  5. Take the tramways direction "Facultés" or "Aid Diab" (2 tramways lines pass by this station, both are OK).
  6. Stop by the 5th station : Station "Faculté de Médecine" (the next after "Station des Hopitaux").
  7. The trip will take 5-10min.
  8. The ticket costs 8.00MDH (about one dollar), It s rechargeable one. To charge it will cost you 6.00DH only.
  9. Like in any other big cities, watch your pocket ;)

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->Walking Direction from Ibis Hotel to Novotel

  1. Head northwest on Boulevard Zayid Ou Hmad toward Boulevard Félix Houphouët-Boigny - 130 m
  2. Turn left onto Boulevard Félix Houphouët-Boigny - 95 m
  3. Turn left toward Rue Belyoutjt - 58 m
  4. Turn right onto Rue Belyoutjt
  5. Destination will be on the left - 11 m

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-->Hotel Novotel Casablanca City Center

Angle Zaid Ouhmad, Rue Sidi Belyout

Casablanca 20190, Morocco


Passport and Visas

To get Visas, as for all international travel all over the world, travellers to Casablanca should possess a valid passport. Participants are kindly requested to take good note of the requirements set in order to enter the Moroccan territory, in accordance with the following indications:

  1. Passport should not be less than 6 months from the date of expiry.

  2. There should be at least 1 full, free page in the passport for stamping by officials.

  3. Citizens from countries that require visas for the Kingdom of Morocco (KM), who arrive without visas, will be refused entry into the KM territorial and placed on return flights in terms of legislation.

  4. All participants requiring a visa and having a Moroccan Embassy in their country should arrange to submit their visa as soon as possible.

  5. All participants requiring visa invitation letters to Morocoo should send their request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. together with a scanned copy of the details page of their passport.

  6. All participants requiring a visa and not having a Moroccan Embassy in their country, should kindly send the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

    * Family Name (as indicated in the passport)
    * Given Name (as indicated in the passport)
    * Nationality
    * Date of Birth
    * Passport number
    * Passport's date of expiry
    The Institut Pasteur de Tunis, will pre-arrange a VISA on arrival.

  7. Every participant must hold a valid national passport or any other travel document allowing him/her to return to the country of origin where the document was issued after having obtained a transit or entry visa.
    Please be sure to check the with Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco to confirm your personal visa requirements -



The Moroccan currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). The rate of exchange against international currencies is variable so foreign delegates are advised to check the daily published rates, or use the currency converter at: (



The organisers of the conference cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, for loss or damage of property belonging to participants or their accompanying persons. It is therefore required that delegates and accompanying persons arrange for appropriate travel and health insurance before travelling to Morocco.



Morocco is a French speaking country, yet the official languages are Arabic and Berber. French and English, however, are spoken throughout the country, and signage is generally in Arabic and French.



To ensure a trouble-free and enjoyable stay in Morocco, organizers recommend

you to take the following precautions:

    • Do not leave your luggage, mobile phones or valuables unattended
    • Use the safety deposit boxes provided by most hotels
    • Do not carry large amounts of cash
    • Keep cash, credit cards and identification documents in a secure place or concealed on your person.