Morocco is a welcoming country where you are sure to be received with absolute kindness. It is only asked from visitors to observe a few rules of decorum and good manners that will certainly go a long way in guaranteeing harmonious relations with Moroccans of all backgrounds.
Morocco is a Muslim country, practicing a moderate Islam to which Moroccans are very attached. Discreet behavior is recommended during calls to prayer or when approaching mosques. During the holy month of Ramadan, which is dedicated to fasting and meditation, it is best to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public. Alcohol consumption, as everywhere else in the world, is tolerated as long as it is not ostentatious and does not lead to excess.
Haggling, or the art of discussing prices, is a tradition in traditional trade, especially in the medina. It should be practiced with the respect due to the merchant and always with a smile. You will often be offered a cup of (very hot) tea, whether you end up buying something or not – it is always well regarded to accept the tea to avoid offending the seller.

Most importantly perhaps, like everywhere else around the world: always ask permission before taking a picture of someone, it’s the least you can do. One last thing, it is best to wear decent clothes.

And that’s it! By observing these very few rules of common sense, you are sure to spend wonderful moments in harmony with your Moroccan hosts, who will make you want to come back.

Words to remember

English Arabic
Hello/Good evening Salam Alekum / Msal’khir
How are you doing? Labass
Very well, thank you, and you? Labass hamdoullah
Do you speak French/English? Ouech tat hdar françawiya ? Oula engliziya ?
I understand. I don’t understand Fhamt / Ma Fhamtch
Sorry Smahli
Goodbye Bsslama
Welcome Marhba
Thank you (very much) Choukran (choukran bezaf)
Excuse me/Please Smahli / Afak
I am French Ana françawiya
My name is.. Ismiyti
No thanks La choukran
Yes/No Wakha / La
You’re welcome/Please La choukran aâla ouajib / marhba