Midelt is a town in central Morocco, in the high plains between the Middle Atlas and High
Atlas mountain ranges. With an estimated population of 44,780, Midelt serves as the
commercial center of a large agricultural hinterland. It is also one of Morocco’s principal
cities for the mining of several minerals.
Midelt is situated on the main road between Fes and Meknes to the north and Errachidia to the
south. Geographically, it is situated in the high plains surrounding the Moulouya River,
between the Middle and High Atlas mountain ranges.
The city’s elevation is 1,508 metres (4,948 ft), making it one of the highest large towns in
Midelt functions as the market for an agricultural area extending from the Moulouya River to
Jbel Ayachi, bounded on the east and west by dry plains. This region is best known for apples;
other produce includes walnuts, apricots, plums, pomegranates, wheat, corn, and a wide
variety of garden vegetables.
Midelt industrial sector is largely related to the nearby mines, of which only Mibladen
continues to operate at high capacity. Lead, gypsum, and a host of lesser-known minerals are
extracted for sale to industry and for household decorations.