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Morocco, land of setting sun or « El –Maghreb el Aksa » (The Farthest west). Morocco is considered as one of the world’s exotic, mysterious and breathtakingly destination that has attracts foreign visitors for millennia. It is a land of contrasts: ancient and modern, Arab and Berber, European and African.

Morocco is a country located in the northwest part of Africa on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and considerably close to Europe’s doorstep a mere 14km (9 miles) south of Spain. Its capital city is Rabat, and other most famous cities include Casablanca, Tangier, Marrakech and Fes. In addition to that, more than half of Morocco’s population resides in urban areas. Casablanca is considered as Morocco’s largest city, while Fez is a major cultural centre. Besides, Marrakech is a tourist hot spot with a large square, called “Djemma el Fna,” where snake charmers are commonplace.

About Morocco

 

  • Language

    The official language in Morocco is Arabic, but the country’s distinctive Moroccan Arabic dialect is the most widely spoken language in Morocco, though almost one third of the population will speak Berber, mostly in rural areas and the mountains. However French is taught in the schools and is often used in commerce, business, diplomacy and government. Around Tangier in the northern part of the country, many people could speak Spanish ,due to the proximity of Spain and Spain’s past involvement in that corner of the country .Not only that ,but English language has taken it’s status and rapidly becoming the second foreign language of choice among educated youth and tourist guides .Thus, this survey is considerably confirms the idea that multilingualism in Morocco is a vivid sociolinguistic phenomenon which is favoured by the majority of people indeed.
  • Culture & Customs of Morocco

    Morocco is a culturally rich nation with a great number of influences from Spain, France, the Middle East, Berber and Judaism. Family, immediate and extended, is of utmost importance in Morocco. One’s actions are considered a reflection on one’s entire family. Therefore one’s public reputation is very important in Morocco. Honor and integrity are core values for the Moroccan people. 10602777_473031519499686_2111869657_n
  • Family life

    In general, Morocco is a safe country to travel in, with a liberal Muslim nation, but is still conservative in certain regards. You will see many mosques and tall rectangular minarets in every village, town and city. The call to prayer can behead 5 times a day (one in the early morning a couple hours before sunrise), reminding practicing Muslims to pray. When passing by a mosque, be respectful.You can peer in, but do not go in. If prayer is in session, refrain from taking pictures. Morocco is a very male-dominated society. You will notice, especially in rural areas, men leading businesses and sitting at cafés while the women are working inside the home or in the fields. In addition to that, Family has an essential part for every Moroccans and in most cases the main priority. Most of the families in Morocco are big and include the extended family. The main married couple may have their own bedroom; otherwise, the whole family will sleep on the couches that line the living room. Greetings are very important. It is suitable to say hello (Salamouààlikom) which means peace when entering and leaving goodbye. It is considered rude if you don’t put that behavior into consideration. Please keep in mind that many Moroccans, especially in the countryside, do not like to be photographed, for this reason its better if you would ask for permission before doing.
  • Moroccan cuisine

    Morocco as are other citrus fruits. Couscous is very common in Morocco. Tanjine is another popular dish. Tanjine is typically a dish with various combinations of meats, vegetables and spices. A tanjine is actually a uniquely shaped bowl; the tanjine dish was named after the bowl it is served in. While chicken is the most commonly eaten meat in Morocco, other meat is served in Morocco that would be considered taboo in other parts of the world. Meals at home are typically served on a short table, about a foot off the ground. It is commonplace to eat with your hands in Morocco, as opposed to using utensils. Morocco is known for its mint tea, which is the nation’s most popular drink. Mint tea is a very sweet tea and is served hot with a nice minty flavor. 10592478_473038156165689_1316067429_n
  • Music

    Music Andalusia classical music, which can be heard throughout northern Africa, originated in Morocco. Berber folk music is also popular. It is not uncommon for Moroccans, especially in the more remote regions of the Sahara, to make their own instruments. Flutes and drums are often used to make Moroccan music. It is also common for the nomadic Berber tribes in the Sahara to have their own traditional dances. Morocco Music
  • Family life

    In general, Morocco is a safe country to travel in, with a liberal Muslim nation, but is still conservative in certain regards. You will see many mosques and tall rectangular minarets in every village, town and city. The call to prayer can behead 5 times a day (one in the early morning a couple hours before sunrise), reminding practicing Muslims to pray. When passing by a mosque, be respectful.You can peer in, but do not go in. If prayer is in session, refrain from taking pictures. Morocco is a very male-dominated society. You will notice, especially in rural areas, men leading businesses and sitting at cafés while the women are working inside the home or in the fields. In addition to that, Family has an essential part for every Moroccans and in most cases the main priority. Most of the families in Morocco are big and include the extended family. The main married couple may have their own bedroom; otherwise, the whole family will sleep on the couches that line the living room. Greetings are very important. It is suitable to say hello (Salamouààlikom) which means peace when entering and leaving goodbye. It is considered rude if you don’t put that behavior into consideration. Please keep in mind that many Moroccans, especially in the countryside, do not like to be photographed, for this reason its better if you would ask for permission before doing.
  • Personal Interactions

    Mixed Gender Socializing It is acceptable for Moroccan teens to have friends of the opposite sex and to socialize with them individually. Friendships Moroccan teenagers sometimes socialize in groups, and sometimes one-on-one. Both ways are considered appropriate, and the choice is left up to the individual. In Morocco, teenagers make their friends through school, neighbors, and extended family members. It is uncommon for Moroccan teenagers to share money with each other. Communication Styles Moroccan teenagers tend to be indirect when communicating with their elders. The use of body language and other forms of communication are more common. Communicating negative emotions directly to an elder is uncommon, but they may to peers or siblings.