Oued Ed-Dahab-Lagouira is the southern region of Morocco being located in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The capital is the city of Dakhla. Laâyoune-Boujdour-Sakia El Hamra is located partly in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. The capital of this region is El Aaiún.
Guelmim-Es Semara has Guelimn as it’s capital. Has of it’s southern part is located in the teritory of Western Sahara.
Souss-Massa-Draâ is located in the central part of Morocco.It has a population of over 3 mil people. Souss-Massa-Draâ’s capital is called Agadir, a city situated on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen is a north-western region of Morocco with the capital at Kenitra.In ancient times this region was an element of Mauretania Tingitana, which was ruled in early times by the Phoenicians and later the Romans.
Chaouia-Ouardigha is like the region Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen situated in the north-western part of Morocco and it’s capital is called Settat.
Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz represents the region of Morocco which capital is the popular city Marrakech. It is situated in the central part of the country.
Oriental, located in north-eastern Morocco, this region borders Algeria and the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The capital is Oujda.
Grand Casablanca situated in coastal north western Morocco it is the most densely populated region of Morocco. It’s capital, Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco.
Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer is located in north-western Morocco. The capital is Rabat.
Doukkala-Abda is situated in west-central Morocco. The capital is Safi.
Tadla-Azilal is located in central Morocco. The capital is Beni Mellal.
Meknès-Tafilalet is situated in north-central Morocco, bordering Algeria. The capital is Meknès.
Fès-Boulemane is situated in northern Morocco. The capital is Fès.
Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate is located in northern Morocco.The capital is Al Hoceima.
Tangier-Tetouan is situated in north-western Morocco. The capital is Tangier.
The djellaba is worn traditionally both by men and women, but the women’s djellaba differs in style as it has brighter colors and decorative embroidery.
An important characteristic of the Moroccan djellaba is the hood, a long and pointy hood called in arabic “cob”.
Although modernity is taking over, as adopting the model of Western life seems to be gaining ground at the risk of intimidating and provoking the fundamental secular culture. It remains that this opening should not be construed as an abandonment of the Moroccan cultural exception, but more as a kind of existential search that is not slow in desperation to return to the roots, which is true and deep in every Moroccan whatever his or her degree of modernization.
An alien who comes to work, visit or invest in Morocco is to understand the psychology of Moroccans and do not be misled by appearances, and must remember that one is in a foreign country and should respect, and not be considered vulgar, with language and gestures.
It is not a no man’s land where one would come with the pretentious condescension to despise the culture, habits and customs of others.
The tolerance that characterizes Moroccans is part of the Moroccan culture and does not mean permission to insult their culture, rape their objection or exploit their talents. As it is useful to recall that Morocco is a large country in history and memory where you can learn if you have the ability to listen , respect and admire.
Moroccan culture is also praised for language diversity. apart from classical Arabic, the language of education, administration and media, the daily language in Morocco is Arabic dialect, Tamazight (Berber) which spoken in the Rif, the Atlas, and the Souss and it varies by region. Most Moroccans speak French, many speak Spanish and English.
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Islam is the official religion of Morocco, but the coexistence with other religions is perfect (the practice of other revealed religions is also guaranteed by the constitution). The day is punctuated by five calls to prayer. It is the Muazzin who announces them at the top of the minaret. During the month of Ramadan, the Moroccans fast, stop drinking and smoking from sunrise to sunset. Obviously, their day is modified. Most governments, utilities, buildings and stores adjust their schedules.
However, non-Muslims are to eat in certain restaurants, particularly in hotels. The days drag on but the nights are beautiful!
Moroccan food elegantly accommodates vegetables and fruits bursting with sunshine, rare spices and fragrant, delicate, tasty fish and meat … The best of oriental cuisine, famous throughout the world, put your taste buds to feast.
The main Moroccan dishes to taste absolutely: Skewers: at the entrance of a souk, a place near a road is cooked before your eyes. It is delicious, quick and economical.
Couscous: it’s the traditional family lunch on Friday, but you will find it every day in the restaurant. During your trip you can enjoy many couscous dishes because it varies by region and creativity of the cook. Try not to use a spoon to eat, but rather your fingers, experience Moroccan culture. Mechoui lamb: roasted on a spit or baked. The meat melts in your mouth!
Pastilla: a thin pastry stuffed with pigeon and almonds: the famous sweet to savory Moroccan dish.
There are variations in fish, chicken and even pudding for dessert.
Dishes of Ramadan at sunset the fast is broken (f’tour) with the rich and tasty harira, soup meat, lentils, chick peas, with beghrir, small pancakes honeycomb served with melted butter and honey, shebbakias, cakes fried in oil and coated with honey. This is “light” snack but wait for the real dinner that takes place later in the night.
Tagine: this word refers to both the container (flat earthenware decorated with typical conical lid) and content (stew of meat, poultry, fish and vegetables cooked in, crushed). Taste? you will understand why the tajine is the national dish of Morocco.
Moroccan tea: it quenches thirst, warm, riveted, to drink in the morning, after meals, at any time. A pleasure never refuse. The baking cakes with honey, horns of gazelles, Feqqas almonds, raisins, almonds ghoriba, sesame … Irresistible!
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Showing respect to local customs is to demonstrate a basic courtesy to a welcoming country.
To avoid any embarrassing situations and misunderstandings, be nice. Here are some basic rules:
In Morocco, access to mosques and holy places is forbidden to non-Muslims. Some exceptions: Mosque Hassan II in Casablanca, Mohamed V Mausoleum in Rabat Mausoleum, Moulay Ismail in Meknes, Moulay Ali Cherif Mausoleum at Rissani.
Moroccan clothes for women are also diverse.