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Mysterious Tangier has the Strait of Gibraltar as a backdrop and the aroma of thé a la menthe in the air. Book a flight and...

Dive into the traditions

There is, of course, the Islamic culture. The labyrinth streets that follows the trace of the old Medina and the Petit Socco (its main square), the Kasbah Museum and the Grand Mosque of Tangier in the Grand Socco. Don’t forget the Cave of Hercules on Cape Spartel, outside the city: it’s an important element of Greek mythology.

Socialize at Grand Cafe de Paris 

And then there’s western Tangier. Place de France is the center of the “new city,” as are the bustling Terrasse des Paresseux (Terrace of the Lazy) and Rue de la Liberté. Romanticized by artists such as Delacroix, Tennessee Williams and William S. Burroughs, Tangiers will make you want to stay and enjoy.

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, take care of your visa or other necessary documentation ahead of time.


The climate in Morocco is generally mild and subtropical. Breezes from the sea help temper the climate, but inland temperatures are more extreme.

Time zone


Geography & politics

Morocco is a country in North Africa. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, it has strong Berber, Arab and European cultural influences. Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament.

Tipping & paying

The currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Many restaurants and hotels in the more touristic areas accept credit card payments and there are ATMs available in major cities. Nevertheless, always have some money with you. 

Languages & useful phrases

The official languages are Arabic and Berber. In business, French is usually the preferred language, but English is also widely used. Find out about the company where you are going beforehand.

What you should do

In Moroccan culture, people and relationships are at the heart of everything. Moroccans like to establish long-lasting business relationships, so it is essential to cultivate trust and respect among all parties.

What you shouldn’t do

Don’t gift alcoholic beverages if you are invited to someone’s house, unless you know that your host drinks alcohol. Don’t use your left hand when eating or for any other gesture, as it is a sign of disrespect.

What to wear

Choose a formal and conservative look. Men should wear a suit and tie and women a suit or a dress. Skirts and dresses should be below the knee and sleeves should cover most of the arm.

First impressions

The most common form of greeting is the handshake. Greeting with two kisses on the cheeks is normal between members of the same sex. A man should wait for the woman to give her hand to be greeted. If you are invited to someone's house, remove your shoes at the entrance. You can offer sweets or dried fruits as a thank you gesture.