The Moroccan cultural context

Reports to people outside the company: how to say hello (shake hands, kiss, hug ?)

Morocco is a fascinating country because of its cultural diversity. Located at the crossroads of several civilizations, its populations have been able to welcome and integrate the foreigners who have come to stay in this country, both African, oriental and deeply imbued with Mediterranean cultures and civilizations. This cultural diversity affects the various ways of behaving in society. It is therefore a matter of common sense to be vigilant to react by trying to adapt to the behavior of the person encountered. Some behaviors may be different or similar to those that might be encountered in Mediterranean cities such as Cadiz, Marseille, Naples, Cairo, Tunis or Algiers. In Morocco, people are generally very welcoming and open to foreigners who rarely encounter difficulties of adaptation.

Attire: what is frowned upon, recommended or not?

The cultural diversity of Morocco is reflected in a wide variety of clothing styles.A free dress but avoids the extreme provocateurs: full veil or small clothes evocative of a body naked.

Religion: closures during prayers or Ramadan, special schedules, rules of the business to be respected, where are the prayer rooms?

Many Moroccans are practicing believers.This is reflected in the number of mosques encountered in town or country.It is quite common for companies to reserve a space for prayer to meet the needs of the staff, but no one is forced to pray. There is an undoubted tolerance for religious practices.

In general, work schedules are adapted on Friday to allow flexibility between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.Saturday and Sunday are officially days corresponding to the "weekend" in the same way as the European countries.

The continuous schedule is in effect in the public administrations between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. This schedule is not mandatory in private companies, which, however, adopts the reduced continuous schedule during the month of Ramadan (usually: between 9 am and 3 pm)

Are there any prohibited products?

All drugs are prohibited. It is also forbidden to consume alcohol in public or to be in the street in an intoxicated state especially when this state constitutes a public embarrassment. On the other hand, the sale of alcoholic beverages (beers, wines, spirits etc.) is done regularly in several grocery stores or supermarkets and supermarkets.

Cookery, meals: eat with your hands, lay the bread upside down, right or left hand? Kosher / hallal?

Moroccan cuisine is renowned for its richness and diversity. This diversity is reflected in the many flavors that traditional dishes such as tagine and couscous can offer, which are generally highly appreciated by foreigners.

In the restaurants of the big cities, Moroccan cuisine can be eaten and tasted in the European way using fork, knife, spoon and individual plate. On the other hand, the presentation and the way of eating certain meals may surprise the villagers in the country. It is a very old practice to come together as a family to eat couscous or tagine with fingers and in the same container (a large clay plate for couscous).

Delicate subjects or taboos

It all depends on who you are talking to. As a visitor to a foreign country, it is important to be diplomatic enough to avoid irritating subjects by adopting a generally neutral stance on the issues.

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