Dating and marriage practices in morocco
You will certainly notice the 'call to prayer' in Marrakech and up in the mountains at Imlil.
The Moroccan staff will also disappear at various points during the day to pray.
For example, it is not unusual for a breakfast set for 8am to arrive at am or even later.
In the UK and a lot of other western countries is is considered rude or unprofessional to be anything more than a few minutes late.
In this case, it is appropriate to acknowledge them but they may become uncomfortable if you attempt to engage them in too direct or open a manner.
All persons should dress 'modestly', this is especially true of female visitors.
As with travel to all locations in the world it is important to respect the social and cutural norms of Morocco.
This will ensure that you are welcomed and get the best possible reaction from our hosts.
In Marrakech you may see young Moroccan women in very western outfits with uncovered hair and riding mopeds.Feet and shoes are often considered ritually unclean, avoid sitting with them up in the air or stepping over someone sitting on the ground.Also ensure that where you sit you will not force others to step over you.Try to conduct yourselves in a generally calm and reasonably quiet manner.As a guide simply observe the local Moroccans around you and try not to be significantly louder or more boistrous than them.For general guidance you should keep your upper arms to the elbow and upper legs to the knee covered.In addition, tops should not finish above the waistline of your trousers and expose your mid-riff and your neckline should not extend down more than a few inches.However, lateness does not imply this connotation in Morocco.Therefore, it is necessary to be patient and try not to be offended if timings start to slip a bit.When entering a home or guest house always assume that you should remove your shoes.In some cases the host may say that you don't need to but it would still be appropriate to do so, perhaps making the excuse that they are dirty.