Living in Morocco, how to do ?

 
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Are you planning to move and living as an expat or expats to Morocco? Morocco, the North African country, is a vibrant and lively destination. It features heady, colorful markets dotting with the scents of the spices, and the vibrant Atlas Mountains offer lots more to see in this incredible country. It could be amazing to start a a new life like an expat and have a cost of life right better than in Europe. We were moving to rabat like an international travel but we end by living to marrakech rather to casablanca; we can found there a really good health and culture but if you need more advice and you have special or different need there is many place in the world where you can find work in some co working or even in a property. There are plenty of city in marrakech where you can find expat living at the right cost, that's seems to be a new kind of living we saw this in rabat but also in casablanca when traveling at an international scale.

There are great main spots that you can visit. Staying for more than 10 days is a must if you wish to uncover the Morocco hidden treasures. You have to cautious about the surroundings as Morocco is a conservative country.

If you want to know more about how is living in Morocco, check this article

Visa and entry

 

No visa is required to visit Morocco for the UK, US, Canada, EU countries, and Australian citizens up to 90 days. The visitor visa requirements may vary for other countries to visit Morocco.

Tips for Visa application

  • Ensure the validity date of your passport has six months before leaving your country;
  • Make sure the passport has blank pages as two pages are required with each country visit;
  • Children over seven years require a separate visa and remember to take a good insurance, it's a good advice that will help on you way for year and years.

The Right time to visit

 
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Morocco is a fantastic destination to visit throughout the year. It has mountains, coastline, and desert landscapes. Visiting any time offers something unique as it is a diverse country. January is the coldest and wettest month, while the least crowded are the July and August months, and they are the hottest. March and April are Spring months, and September and October are Fall with pleasant weather. Food in Casablanca and Rabat but also in Marrakech (marrakesh) are different but really teasty. Few year ago we went to Marrakesh and we found a hight level of health in hospital and other cities. You can think marrakesh it's a mad city but not, it's the pink city, it's a international city where you will love to living at the right cost, trust me.

Morocco Weather

Moroccan climate varies dramatically. Northern Morocco is more temperate, and the Atlantic coast is cool. Summers are very hot reaching 100F and more, while spring and fall are around 70F at moderate times. Winters drop to 40F and are also rainy.

Local customs

 
  • Shaking hands is customary among men. However, offer your hand only if a local lady first offers a hand to shake;
  • Eat with the right hand and remove shoes before entering any Moroccan home;
  • Women come in veils. Moroccans do not prefer videos or photos, owing to their superstitions and religious beliefs;
  • People do not discuss politics openly. Avoid political discussions, even if someone is anxious;
  • Avoid royal family discussion. It is a sign of disrespect.

Language and communication

 

Two official languages are spoken in Morocco, Berber and Arabic. The widely spoken language is French, and Spanish is also common. You can find only in major cities people speaking English.

Morocco phone coverage is excellent, but for the deserts and mountains. 4G is available in towns and cities. Three mobile service providers are Marco Telecom, Meditel, and Inwi. Use a prepaid SIM card to make calls in Morocco.

Emergency Hotlines: Ambulance, 997, Polic-999, and Fire- 998.

Many Moroccans speak French. However, the tourist cities such as Tangier, Fez, Marrakech has people speaking all the languages. Here are a few phrases to know that may help you to communicate in French.

  • la – no
  • inshallah – god willing
  • shukrun – thank you
  • la, shukrun – no thank you
  • afak – please
  • zwin or bneen – it’s good/delicious
  • mafmtsh – I don’t understand
  • mashi muskhil – it’s not a problem
  • labas – how are you?
  • mitsharfin – it’s nice to meet you.
  • alhamdulilah – thank god
  • tkalam ingles? – do you speak English?
  • fin toilette? – Where is the bathroom?

Getting Around

 

Traveling around Morocco is possible in many ways. Budget traveling is the train tickets with reliable service. Buses are running all around. Buses are economical to reach smaller cities.

If you want to see Morocco in a small-time, opt to fly from point to point. Get tickets with Royal Air Maroc, it is inexpensive but struggles with service standards and reliability.

You can get rental cars in major cities but are expensive. However, if you take rental vehicles, check for car insurance. Morocco accepts driver’s licenses from other countries, yet be cautious while driving. The Police may inflate ticket price on noticing you are not Moroccan. The roads have motorcycles, horse-drawn wagons, donkeys, overloaded transport trucks, and so while driving in the same space needs more care.

Take grand taxis by negotiating with the driver to the destination. Get a private taxi so that they do not stop in between to take in or let off passengers. The mountain range driving takes more time.

The ultimate guide

 

Morocco is a welcoming country and also extremely hospitable. However, respecting their etiquette is important. A few things to know:



Dress modestly

Women must not show their legs or shoulders as it is regarded offensive in Morocco. However, in the tourist areas, you can see women wearing a t-shirt and shorts. Respect their culture, and by dressing modestly, you can prevent unwanted attention. Wearing a headscarf is helpful. Avoid a lot of makeup as it invites wrong attention.



Avoid eye contact

Avoiding eye contact prevents you from hassles. If you know to bargain and say no, you will not face any issue. You can stop to chat with locals or to look in shops.



Stay alert from pickpockets

Pickpockets in Morocco cut through bag straps, so be very careful. Shut your bad, strap using a money belt to your stomach, and stay secure.



Tipping

5 Dh tipping in casual food spots is expected. Even if directions or basic information is given, people expect some tipping. Best to have some coins to give it or also have a stern thank you.



So you can might me think life will be different when you live in Marrakesh. Well, if you work with a good insurance for the year or the month it will be safer for your family. Also, feel free to travel safe like a large community of expats traveling and living in Marrakesh, Rabat, Casablanca, etc. On their way, they chose a good insurance health for many years. That makes their travels and life safer. You can find work as an expat or work remotely on your own way. Each approach is different but you have to know the community can help you even if some Facebook page looks mad. The first month is very important because you will travel alone or with your family without any work just to enjoy the country. You will see lots of new Moroccan cultural things such as cities, language, etc.



Bargain

In Morocco, bargaining at the souks and Medinas is common. Save money, and do not buy without bargaining. There is no place in Morocco having a fixed price. Even if has one, there is nothing without a bargain. A rule-of-thumb is to have small change and to tip anyone providing you with a service; your driver, hotel staff, porters, your guide, etc.



Greetings and handshakes

Know a few words. "As-salāmu ʿalaykum" translates as "peace be upon you." It is to respond as "wa ʿalaykumu s-salām" (wa-a-lay-kum-salam) meaning peace to be upon you, too.



Interaction between a Male and female

Interaction between a male and female is strictly prohibited in a public place and is limited to a handshake. Couples do not touch in public, and stick to this rule,

Must-see spots

 

Visit the Dades Valleys- Go through the Atlas Mountains, take photos in all the scenic places, and on reaching valleys, the scenic beauty will mesmerize you. Visit Monkey Fingers Canyon and see the Milky Way at night. Look at the stars to see the grandeur of nature and its magnificence.

  • Sahara Desert- Stay in the Sahara, trek on camels during sunset to experience a magical feeling. Eat tagine, gaze at the stars listening to Berber music, and you can see shooting stars in endless amounts. The dunes in gold-orange are amazing.
  • The Old Tannery- A must-visit is the old tannery. It smells of leather and is terrible. The guided tour payment is high if you just wanted to walk around without buying merchandise.

Moroccan Hospitality

 

Accepting invitations with a friend or family to dine is not common in European countries. It is unusual even in America to receive a personal invitation. In Morocco, you can receive an invitation for a meal in a Moroccan home. The hospitality is so much that you will be overwhelmed.

The Moroccans are eager and generous to share customs at the dinner table. Taking sugar cubes or cones, milk cartons, and fruits to anyone’s home is appreciated. Taking boxed chocolates, a box of pastries, or treats for children is also impressive for bringing something. Accept the traditional public bath (hammam) or attend a Moroccan wedding.

Other Things to Know

 

Knowing few things is helpful before moving to Morocco.

Beggars

Homeless beggars are commonly found in most street corners, near the shops or banks, and in all the tourist areas. Give a dirham or two, but do not take your wallet out. The risk is high of getting stolen. Keep small coins ready and give it.

Photographing

Ask before photographing, seeking their permission. Women take offense to face a camera. Respect the local community and so ask them if they are ready to be photographed.

Moroccan Siesta

Moroccans observe a cultural siesta. It is between 2 pm to 5 pm there is the after-lunch nap. The local businesses also remain closed, and the neighborhood shops also are closed. On Friday noon after the prayer 12 to 2 pm, everything remains closed. You cannot reach the stores at such timing, while the supermarkets remain open always.

Sexual harassment

There are victims daily, but you can reduce the risk by adhering to the local etiquette of wearing a modest dress. Do not go at night alone outside, unless it is necessary. Avoid talking to strangers, and limit eye-contact.

If you have doubts about being harassed, reach the nearest police station and report. There is police monitoring the tourist areas. Speak to them as they take travelers and tourists seriously.

Respect their culture

The best approach is to respect the Moroccan culture to live happily. Live and embrace the changes. Keep your heart and mind open to the people and the country, and you are welcome.