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10 Weird Facts About Morocco You Never Knew

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The Old Medina in Fes, Morocco

Morocco is a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea on the western side. It is bordered on the east by Algeria and on the south by Western Sahara. The capital is Rabat. Moroccan cultural influences are dominated by Berber, Arabian, and European. Here are ten weird facts about Morocco you never knew.

Population: 33.01 million (2013)

Capital: Rabat

Currency: Moroccan dirham

King: Mohammed VI of Morocco

Prime Minister: Abdelilah Benkirane

Continent: Africa

System of Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Official Language: Arabic, Berber

 Weird Facts About Morocco

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1. LISTED PRAYER TIMES

The exact time for each of the five times daily Islamic prayers are listed in the local newspaper each day!

2. WEEKEND BEFORE WEEKEND

Moroccan weekend falls on Thursday and Friday.  All other days are workdays.

3. WATCH WHEN YOU EAT

During fasting, expatriates are exempt in Morocco. But they must not eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke in public.

4. GREATS POSSESSION

Honor is the most cherished possession; and it reflects on even the extended family.

5. NEVER GET SHAMED

If a person is shamed by behaving inappropriately, he/she could be ostracized by society, even by family!

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6. NEPOTISM IS GOOD

Because family is held in high value, nepotism is viewed positively...as it is seen as patronage of one's family.

7. LEFT TO RIGHT

At a function, people shake hands with guests to their right and continue that way till they end on the left.

8. LEAVE GIFTS WRAPPED

It is viewed as odd to open a gift immediately or right in the presence of the giver.

9. WATCH HOW YOU WASH

At meal, people do not wash hands with the water in the basis. They hold their hands over the basin while water in another container is poured on the hands.

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10. "YES" MAY ONLY BE POLITE

When Moroccans agree with you in public, it might just be because they don't want you to lose face.  They are non-confrontational by nature.

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