If you visited Morocco in the past, you would definitely know what we mean when we say that Moroccans are surely some of the most hospitable and welcoming people on the planet. In a country where diversity is striking and cultural differences are pronounced, the people are used to living in a rich environment where various religions, behaviors, languages, customs, beliefs, and clothing styles all come together and coexist peacefully. This means that for Moroccans, diversity is part and parcel of their daily lives, an essential element of what it means to be Moroccan. Added to this is the fact that Moroccans generally live in close-knit communities where interaction with one another and helping each other is at the core of their lives. Today we see what is it like to live a life in Morocco. This article also helps when you decide to move to Morocco Permanently.
One major constituent of life in Morocco is the religion of Islam. This religion governs the life of the people in the country. It is the source of inspiration behind much of the actions of Moroccans and is considered the cornerstone of their lives. Moroccans adopt a moderate understanding of Islam, which is why you would find the country one of the most peaceful Islamic countries in the world. People in Morocco have a strong attachment with their religion, but that does not stand in their way of progress and development. For the majority of Moroccans, being Muslim means that they should adopt such values as respect, caring for the other, sympathy, honesty, understanding one another, living peacefully with all people regardless of the difference between them. This is why Moroccans are considered some of the most welcoming and hospitable nations in the world. Their values are not restricted to the people of their community only, they extend to all the people of the world.
Moroccans mother tongue is Arabic. Although their decedents were Berber but with the introduction of Islam in this region and the dominance of Arabs the line between the two cultures are erased and both cultures mixed with each other pretty well. Although there is a difference in the dialect as there is Darija which is Moroccan form of Arabic and the Berber dialect is known as Amazigh.
One of the best things in Morocco is their Cost of Living because it is very affordable to live in Morocco. Like in just $3 you can enjoy a good meal in a restaurant and can enjoy a cup of Cappuccino in $2. Other things like Milk, bread, rice, meat, Transportation and education is also very cheap.
Moroccan are very close with their families and respect their family cultures and tradition a lot. It is their utmost priority to take care of their family and give them the best resources to succeed. The success of the individual is considered as the success of the whole family. You can imagine how strong their values and how much they care about their family is by looking at their foreign remittance. Foreign remittance means money which people living in abroad gives to their family members. So, foreign remittance of morocco in 2019 is 7.4% which in 2020 after Corona virus goes to 10.4% and 2020 is still not over. If you are single and move to Morocco then, get ready to be asked a set of family related questions like where is your family? Do you have any children? Are you Married? Etc.
Moroccans are generally very friendly and welcoming with each other and when they meet some foreigners, they do the same and greet them also. When you go to some local shops, they offer you tea and tell you they would give you huge discounts, it’s all because of their social values and norms. They will greet you while passing and often invite you for lunch in their house.
If you want to stay in Morocco for less than 90 days, you may not need an entry visa, Just a valid passport would be enough. But if you want to Stay more than that, then you have to apply for a Visa. You can do so at the Immigration office of the area where you live in Morocco, and they will tell you the procedure in detail. They will also explain the the procedure if you are a student, married to a Moroccan or if some company hired you in Morocco. All of this information is usually Available in immigration departments. You just have to submit some legal documentations like application forms, Visa requirements, valid driving license (If any), Criminal record, Birth Certificate, bank Statements and most importantly medical certificate which is very important after Corona Virus Pandemic. For more information you can check our recently published Morocco travel guide where we discussed these topics in depth.
When you land in Morocco the first thing which worries expats is Accommodation. If you are an employee than probably the employer will find you some good accommodation otherwise you can ask your friend or even some locals about some good accommodation. You can hire a real estate manager and they will find you some place to live but they usually charge 1 month of rent which cost you high. There are many websites online which can help you to find some good and cheap accommodations. Usually people chose Rabat, Essaouira or Marrakech as their home base when they decide to live in Morocco.
Traveling in Morocco is easy and efficient as there are taxis, airplanes, boats, buses which can take you anywhere you wish. The only thing which you should worry about is negotiations as Moroccans are very good negotiators so you should level your game up when it comes to negotiation. Most effective way of transportation are trains which are very luxury and comfortable but the routes of the trains are limited to some cities. Buses are also good as you can find both luxury buses and local buses. The only difference is that the luxury one is equipped with air condition and luxury seats. Taxis are good if you are traveling within town. Taxis are also private in which only you can travel and shared in which you pay less and the fair is divided with other passengers. We recommend that if you are comfortable than book shared taxi because it would save you a good amount of money. But you can hire a private taxi if you want to travel intra city. Marrakech Desert Trips can always help you with that matter if needed.
Literacy rate of morocco according to 2018 census is 73.75%. Men are slightly more educated than women but in recent years the literacy rate of women also goes up. Government now take some serious measure to improve the education level in the country and aims to open new School, Collage and universities. Education till the age of 14 is now mandatory to every Moroccan. Although many rural families do not afford to send their children to school because of their financial situation but government of morocco is planning to give the families some package and try to raise their financial situation. They also opened couple of very good schools in rural area to facilitate these families.
In Morocco you will find many Europeans, Americans, Africans, Middle eastern, Asians. That is why It is known as the ethnic Centre from many centuries. You can find the expat community of morocco on Instagram or Facebook. The expat community is very active on social media and on Various forums like reddit and Quora. Just do some research online and you will find the expat community of Morocco.