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Because of the risk of malaria in Thailand we are now considering going to Morocco. I have read some interesting journeys by car in this country. When I searched on Google image for "traffic signs morocco". There appear to be quite some Arabic traffic signs. This make me wonder if it is a safe to rent a car in Morocco while I don't understand Arabic.

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I know nothing about driving in Morocco, but from these pictures and the history of Morocco, I'd say road signs look a lot like French ones. In France, literacy is explicitly not required to get a driving license, and if anything I would expect literacy to be even less of a requirement in Morocco. Furthermore direction signs seem to be in both scripts. So I think it's fine to drive in Morocco even if you can't read Arabic. – Gilles Dec 17 '11 at 21:18
Is it safe to drive in Morocco is you do understand Arabic?… – Andrew Grimm May 19 '12 at 13:08
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There is no problem driving in Morocco if you cannot understand Arabic. I think the impression you get from your Google query is not quite correct. The road signs are bilingual Arabic/French, sometimes even with pictograms:

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In cities the signage can sometimes be a bit meager. Combined with the Moroccan style of drive, this makes crossing a city a bit more stressful. For overland travel, the signage is fine. Nevertheless it is a good idea to have a road map.

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