When you go on holiday to a foreign country, it’s important that you adhere to its etiquette rules. Not everywhere will follow the same... Morroccan Etiquette for your Trip to Marrakech

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When you go on holiday to a foreign country, it’s important that you adhere to its etiquette rules. Not everywhere will follow the same rules as your home country, so to avoid offending anyone on your trip to Marrakech, we’ve put together some of the things to remember on your trip to Marrakech so all your interactions with locals go without a hitch.

Morocco is an Islamic country, and religion is a very important part of the lives of people living in Marrakech. There are mosques throughout the city, and Muslims pray five times a day. Modesty around the mosques is imperative, so don’t wear anything too revealing and be quiet and respectful at all times when around the mosques. The Muslim holy day is Friday, so don’t expect much to be open.

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Eating in Morocco carries lots of etiquette rules. If you are invited into a house in Marrakech to eat, remove your shoes, dress smartly and make sure you shake the hand of everyone individually. Moroccans are extremely hospitable, and if you choose to stay in a riad in Marrakech, you might find that the owners invite you to dine with their family. If this is the case, remember to use only your right hand to eat, and don’t begin eating until the host has blessed the food. You will likely be encouraged to accept a second helping, so be prepared to leave room for extra food.

Handshakes are the normal way to greet members of the same sex until some sort of relationship has been established, in which case it is normal to give a kiss on both cheeks along with the handshake. Unless a woman offers her hand first for a handshake, bow your head as a sign of respect. Physical contact between unfamiliar men and women is less common in Morocco, and some women prefer to abstain from touching until they know a man well.

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It can get extremely hot in Marrakech, but don’t let this tempt you to go outside wearing tiny vest tops or for men, going topless. This is not standard protocol in Marrakech, and lots of people will be shocked by this style of dressing. Instead, cover up with a long, loose dress, or alternatively, stay in the shaded courtyard of your riad in the hottest hours of the day. The general rule is that skin above the ankle and above the wrist should stay covered, so light cotton or chiffon fabric should be enough to prevent any disapproval from Moroccans.