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Morocco, North Africa
Customs | Places to Visit
OVERVIEW-Situated on the Atlantic Ocean in Northwest Africa, Morocco is perhaps best known for its open-air markets that fill the streets of Marrakesh, stocked with rugs, woodwork, jewelry and the softest leather in the world. But be sure to practice your bargaining skills first.
Its rich culture houses a number of local artisans and musicians. And the local cuisine is a must, including couscous, sweet mint tea, and many exotic spices.
POPULATION - 31,478,000
Land Area: 172,414 square miles
LANGUAGES - Arabic with Berber dialects, Tamazight, Spanish, English, and French
RELIGION - 98% Muslim, 1% Christian, 1% Jewish
CURRENCY -Moroccan Dirham (DH)
Notes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 dirhams
Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 centimes, ½, 1, 5, and 10 dirhams.
Moroccan Dirhams can only be obtained in Morocco. National currencies should be exchanged at official bureaux de change only (identified by a golden sign); changing money in the street is illegal. There is no commission charge and visitors will be issued with a receipt which they must keep in order to exchange Moroccan currency back into the original national currency upon departure. Money can be withdrawn in banks with a credit card and a cheque book or directly from an ATM in some larger towns.
- 127/220V, 50 Hz, round pin attachment plug and round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin
WEATHER - Average annual temperature: 38°C to 21°C
(100°F) - (70°F)
June to September is the most pleasant time to visit (rain-free, moderately humid, warm conditions, high 20°Cs (low 80°Fs)
SHOPPING LINGO- MUST KNOW LANGUAGE
• Hello - Marhaba
• Goodbye - Ma'assalama
• Please - Minfadlik
• Thank you - Shukran
• You're welcome - Ala ElRahib Wa ElSaa
• Yes / No - Na'am / La
• Do you speak English? - Hal tatakalm Alingli’zia?
• How are you? - Kayfa haluk?
• Fine - Biheyr
• What time is it? - Kam Al sa'aa?
• Where? - Ain?
• Restaurant - Matt'am
• Store - Maha'al
• Bank / Exchange Office - Bank
• How much? - Bikham?