The people of Morocco are kind, warm, and well known around the world for their hospitality. A Moroccan, after having just met you, will invite you to his home for a feast of all they have to give, even if they are of meager means. They value building personal relationships, and want to help others for the sake of it, not always for their own personal gain. Family is important to Moroccans and you will often find extended family gathering for meals, tea, and visits. Moroccans will often ask you about the health and well-being of your own family, even if they have never met them. They have a genuine interest in concern for other people. Personal honor and respect is most important to Moroccans so crossing these lines can quickly turn a valuable relationship sour almost immediately.

Morocco's official languages are Arabic and Berber. French is widely used in governmental institutions, media, mid-size and large companies, international commerce with French-speaking countries, and often in international diplomacy. 2.19 million Moroccans spoke a foreign language other than French. English, while far behind French in terms of number of speakers, is the first foreign language of choice, since French is obligatory, among educated youth and professionals. Spanish is spoken by a small population in the north of the country, especially around the Spanish enclaves Melilla and Ceuta.

98.9% Islam, 0.9% Christian, 0.2% Judaism

Morocco is rich in tradition and remains largely a conservative Muslim society, and people are friendly. Remember though, that when visiting the markets (souks) if you ask the price, you are starting negotiations and shopkeepers might get annoyed if you walk away. Always ask before taking someone’s photo.

Local delicacies include couscous (steamed, savory semolina grain served with meat and vegetables). Mechoui (lamb roasted on a spit), delicious kebabs, Kefta (minced meat rissoles with spices and Tagine (meat stew cooked using an earthenware dish). Don’t miss a refreshing drink of mint tea. Water from the tap is not safe to drink in Morocco, but bottles water is widely available. Make sure that you carry a bottle of water to prevent dehydration on warm summer days.

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