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3 million people live in Casablanca and traffic can be chaotic. But there are also some oases of calm. This is a coastal city, with popular beaches in the area of La Corniche, as well as bars and restaurants. Not to mention the port, with modern infrastructures, where the view is inspiring especially when night falls.
Like other Moroccan cities, Casablanca has an old town (Medina) where you can buy typical local products. But the hearts of the city are the Mohamed V square and the Hassan II mosque — the minaret is about 650 feet high. Another spot not to miss: the Museum of Judaism in the historic Jewish quarter.
Culture and Business
Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
The climate in Morocco is generally moderate and subtropical. Breezes from the sea help make the climate milder, but inland temperatures are more extreme.
Geography and Politics
Morocco is a country in North Africa. It is bordered 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.
Tips and Payment
The currency used is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Many restaurants and hotels in the tourist areas accept credit cards and there are ATM machines for withdrawing cash in major cities. Nonetheless, always carry cash with you.
Language and expressions to memorize
The official languages are Arabic and Berber. In business, French is usually the language spoken, but English is also spoken. Inquire about the company where you are going before you arrive.
What to do
People and relationships are the most important in Moroccan culture. Moroccans like to establish lasting business links, so it is essential to cultivate trust and respect among all parties.
What not to do
Do not offer alcoholic drinks if you are invited to someone else's house, unless you know that your host drinks alcohol. Do not 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 suits and ties and women suits or a dress. Skirts and dresses should be below the knee and the sleeves must cover most of the arm.
The most common form of greeting is the handshake. Greeting with two kisses on the face is considered normal between members of the same sex. A man must wait for the woman to extend 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 sign of your appreciation.