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You are spot-on: the purpose is to mislead and confuse tourists. The "don't go that way, it's closed" technique is a common "scam" you will witness in those Moroccan cities which are commonly targeted by tourists. The idea is to get you to engage with the kind person who is trying to help you. In doing so the person will offer to guide you around and will ...


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What you need in order to see from country A to country B is not just the distance between them but elevation. The higher, the better. If the two countries are separated by water, then assuming ideally clear weather, what matters is whether the line of sight between the point you're standing at and the point you're trying to see dips below the surface of the ...


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(Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, etc) Ebola is not contagious in the same way as, say, influenza outbreaks. It's a horrible contagious disease, but it requires an exchange of bodily fluids for transmission - particularly blood, sweat, sexual fluids, vomit, bile etc. Transmission usually occurs in close proximity - between family members, sexual partners or ...


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It is perfectly fine. The call to prayer is frequently televised so there is nothing wrong with recording it and posting it on youtube. It is done often. However, do not go to the mosque during prayer and start recording there. Its not that its not allowed, its just that you'll have to have prior permission and you may be a distraction to the congregation.


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Yes you will attract unwanted attentions. It is safe, as long as you follow good old common sense. (among others) Keep valuable at home or in your hotel room (for example, you don't need you gold watch) Keep an eye on your belongings (watch for pickpockets) Be mindful of scams, be and stay polite and just walk away if feeling uneasy. Dress and behave ...


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I spent a lot of time wandering around the souks of Marrakesh. I ended up staying in the home of a gnawa musician in there for a while. I got scammed into buying a carpet the first day. But I learned how to navigate the souks. Best advice - get a sense of humor. You are a tourist in a tourist zone. Get out of that zone and you will encounter more authentic ...


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This seems to be one of the Dadès Gorges; the road in the first picture in the gallery on Wikipedia matches yours. By Rosino - flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1038272


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Nobody eats during the daytime until the sun goes down (that's a sure thing), This is true, and Morocco is one of the strictest countries in this regard! Unlike Tunisia, Lebanon or Syria for example. So, no shop (included food shops) are opened until then (with hard temperatures...), and every streets are kind of desert in the afternoon, Not really true,...


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This isn't a complete answer, just a summary of what I've found in my research online. Still hoping someone else will post some first-hand experience and win my bounty... In particular this answer is missing how to join a road convoy. The British governent foriegn office's take on this is essentially: The main coastal road is dangerous (their "all but ...


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To exit the UK: Use the passport you used to enter the UK. They will probably want to put an exit stamp in your passport and will look for the corresponding entry stamp. To enter Morroco: Use your Morrocco passport. To exit Morocco: Use your Kenyan passport with the UK student Visa with the airlines to prove you're authorized to enter the UK. Show your ...


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Safety is relative to the individual. I, being from South Africa, consider myself to have a high tolerance for risk. I would consider Morocco a safe country - but my tolerance could be different to you and your family. Crime is relatively rare for most tourists if you take the correct precautions and closely watch your possessions. Since you are British, ...


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One should not drink tap water in Morocco - it is due to different bacteria. The same applies to mountain springs. You should boil it or treat with tablets before drinking. It may be also advisable to clean your teeth using bottled or treated water to avoid the risk of swallowing.


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Casablanca in general is safe and the police is visible almost in all areas which makes you even feel safer. Also Morocco is one of the favorite countries for tourists in north Africa (maybe the first one) and it did not get that position if it wasn't safe enough for tourists. Just stick to these simple rules: Don't go out late at night, unless in populated ...


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I and my boyfriend (I more or less blond) have done a 3 week bicycle trip in Morocco 1 year ago: we were traveling alone also in quite remote and very non-touristic areas (Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains) and sleeping "wild" in a tent. Our impression is the following: in the more non-touristic areas the people are nicer and we felt more safe. The people ...


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From Wikitravel: Although a predominantly Muslim country, Morocco is not dry. Alcohol is available in restaurants, liquor stores, bars, supermarkets, clubs, hotels and discos. Some Moroccans enjoy a drink although it is disapproved in public places. The local brew of choice carries the highly original name of Casablanca Beer. It is a full flavored lager ...


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Interesting, this came up in the latest podcast from Dr Karl, a science speaker in Australia. What I learned from this is that while Ebola is very, very bad to get (90% death-rate), it has a problem. While colds transmit very easily between people because of the incubation time and infection rate, Ebola's symptoms can appear very early, and visibly (...


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All of the city centres in Morocco's metropolitan cities are basically as safe as any other city. Tangier, for example, has cleaned up its act a lot. Most safety tips are 'generic' non-gender specific, like stay alert when using an ATM or walking on poorly lit streets after dark. A few tips pertinent to women, however, are... Train and bus travel - ...


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My boyfriend and I (both vegetarian) were in Morocco for 3 weeks with our bikes. We were visiting Marrakech, Agadir, Essaouira from the big cities and many small villages in Atlas and Anti-Atlas. Though we don't speak Arabic and French (we have only learned some words) we NEVER had any problems with vegetarian food. Mostly we got some vegan Tajine, with ...


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I'm afraid if you consider these questions too intrusive, you won't want to visit many countries, not just Morocco. Questions about ethnic origin are common. India, for example, wants to know about Pakistani ancestry, even if you were born somewhere else (e.g., USA). My mother was very offended when the Jordanian border guard flat-out asked her if she were ...


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You're worrying way too much about this! Morocco sees a huge number of Caucasian European tourists (~370,000 from the UK alone) due to its proximity to Europe thanks to cheap low-cost carrier flights as well as historic ties it has with France, being a former French colony. (To this day, French is one of the more commonly spoken languages, at least in the ...


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Indeed, you cannot check in your luggage in Marrakech directly to Tel-Aviv. You have to recover it at Paris CDG and check it in again. In theory it could work, but if you want to be on the safe side, spend the night in Paris. There are some not too expensive hotels around (Campanile, Etap, ...). Or look for an alternative routing. There are two bottlenecks ...


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It is the Dadès Gorge. It is about six hours from Marrakech on the road to the dunes of Merzouga. The Auberge Chez Pierre is a convenient hotel nearby.


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worldembassyinformation.com has a different opinion: Embassy of Morocco in Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran Street Address: Av Lavassani- Vatanpour-Shahid, Davoud Barati N°5 Phone: (+98-21) 22206731, 22206732 Fax: (+98-21) 22210169 Email: sifamateh@ocean-net.com Embassy of Iran in Rabat, Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco Street Address: Route De Zair, ...


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We were in Morocco four years ago. The old city center in Meknes was dry, but outside the city center was a huge, modern supermarket (interesting to go to in any event---you need a driver or taxi) and it had a very well stocked liquor section with a lot of interesting local wines. After that, we were finally equipped! But going into the segregated liquor ...


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Usually the problem isn't getting back out of the country, but getting in (there are exceptions to this, such as countries where exit visas are required). According to the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco in New York, citizens of the USA do not need a visa to visit Morocco for a stay up to 90 days. This would allow you to leave the airport during ...


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If you travel to the major cities, like Marakech, Fes, Casablanca and Rabat, you will barely notice any change. But in smaller towns, there is a huge impact of Ramadan on the population. Tourists restaurants, cafés and shops will still be open as normal, transportation is available as normal, and all tourits attraction will be open until like 16h00. Only ...


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It is safe for you. Jews have been part of the history of Morocco. Maybe they existed before Islam but they came to Morocco when they were expelled after Spain took back "Al Andalous" from Muslims, who returned to Morocco as well. Nowadays, there are aren't as many because of migration to Israel (because of their beliefs they must go to what they call "...


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