What to Expect in Morocco

Keeping that in mind, expect to see more men than women. This is a country of men and often the men and women are kept separate. As a woman your presence will be recognized. As an American woman, expect to be noticed. Women are allowed on the street of course, but local women tend to not be involved in business affairs and are often seen in public as part of the entire family unit.

The time of year that we are traveling, Morocco will be hot. Expect temps to average around 85 degrees F., during the day and high 50’s at night. The night temperature is starkly different than what most people are expecting. Please dress accordingly. Bring clothes that will keep you cool during the day and warm through the night as you sleep.

Expect to eat lots of Tajine-style food. Tajine is the name of the pot that this Moroccan dish is prepared in. It’s an earthenware pot that houses the very popular Maghreb dish. Maghreb’s common ingredients are either wheat or couscous and can be vegetarian or filled with halal meat, such as beef, lamb, or seafood. It usually has some combination of dates, almonds, olives, and dried fruits. This will be the staple type of food, please come prepared for that, there will be little substitutions along the way.

SANDSTORMS
Sandstorms may happen, particularly between the months of May-July.

HOSPITALS
There are several good hospitals in Morocco that have attained JCI accreditation and are equivalent to major world hospitals in the main parameters. JCI or Joint Commission International is a body that is credible and is unmatched in the experience of appraising healthcare organizations in Morocco.

LANGUAGE
French English and Arabic are the main languages spoken in Marrakesh.

What to do in Morocco
While the merging of T. Barnes Global Lifestyle and Mwasi Global Community means days filled with thoughtful activities, meaningful conversations, delectable foods, all taking place in a magical oasis with a breathtaking backdrop…we still have options for you. When not participating in a pre-planned event we invite you to;
  • Work
  • Swim?
  • Sleep
  • Read
  • Walk
  • Reflect And network
There are some activities that you can book on your own, that should be prearranged and paid for by the traveler that we can help facilitate for you;
  • Excursions to our desert Glamp site
  • ATV rides through the desert
  • Sand surfing
  • Camel riding
  • Stargazing
  • Shopping trips in the Souks
  • Personal lunches off-site
  • Photo Shoots
  • Hammam spa
Again, we are happy to help you facilitate these activities, but interest should be made in advance and payment secured prior to the excursion date.
What to wear in Morocco

I want to be clear; you are coming to the desert and most of the time it can be h t to be clear; you are coming to the desert and most of the time it can be hot (except for December-March). While there is an expectation of respect and modesty that we ask you to adhere to in public within the Mwasi walls you are free to dress as you like.

Below are our suggestions on how to pack and dress for your stay in Morocco.

Dress for the Weather
In the winter, you’ll find temperatures from forty to seventy, and in the hottest months of summer, day’s range from seventy to over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit. At any time of the year, bring warm layers for the evening.
Bring Practical Shoes
Closed toe and comfortable shoes are must-haves for long days of exploring. It’s also handy to have flip-flops for when you want to run around the riad or campgrounds.
Think Loose and Flowy
All things lightweight and full coverage is ideal — loose trousers or maxi skirts are perfect. A tunic shirt with leggings or a full kaftan is perfect too. Not only does full coverage allow you to dress conservatively in Morocco, but it will also protect you from the sun.
Wear a Scarf
Whatever you wear, have a lightweight scarf with you. You can use it to cover up before going into a mosque or just keep the sun off your skin when you’re overheating. You will need it during sandstorms as well. Moroccan scarves are also gorgeous souvenirs. You’ll find them in pretty much any city or town, so you don’t need to bring your own if you don’t want to.
Use Sun Protection
The sun in Morocco can be intense throughout the year. Bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen.

 

Checklist

Portable Charger /Universal wall outlet
There are limited outlets around the palace. Therefore, we recommend bringing a good portable charger to easily charge your devices without worry. The power sockets in Morocco require a Type C power plug

Portable INTERNET
While the internet is strong and consistent at Mwasi we encourage purchasing a private internet signal for when on the road and outside the internet range which is not uncommon. We recommend purchasing the INWI Mobile Internet plan for 499MAD which gives you unlimited WIFI for the
duration of your stay. These can be purchased at a local INWI store in Casablanca or Marrakech and upgraded as needed. If you need guaranteed internet in all areas of Mwsasi you will need to purchase a personal hotspot modem before arriving. Please ask your driver to stop at an INWI store to purchase a personal modem and a sim card. The sim card and modem will cost around 600 dirhams (about 70USD) and will provide you with unlimited internet for one month and can be upgraded as needed. Wi-Fi routers.

Remember to check with your cell phone provider about coverage in Morocco to avoid unnecessary fees.

MONEY
To exchange USD to Moroccan Dirham, we highly recommend you do so before exiting the airport. If withdrawing money from an ATM, we recommend you do so before exiting the airport as well. You can also withdraw money at a nearby ATM when you stop at the INWI store. Please get the adequate amount of cash that you will need for your entire stay. It is better to take out more than enough. If you have Dirhams left over, you will have the opportunity to exchange them at the airport before your departure.

WEATHER
The weather in the Sahara varies from season to season. As hot as 100 degrees and as cold as 20 degrees. Prepare for cold weather at night when in the desert and bring a scarf that can be used as a head wrap for protection against sand in your hair. It is important to bring a light jacket or sweater to ensure your comfort in the evening.

SKINCARE
Not only is the air in this region of Morocco incredibly dry, but dust is also inevitable. Solid creams and moisturizers are the best way to combat this.

ALLERGIES
For those with seasonal and environmental allergies, we suggest you bring allergy medication.

BUG SPRAY
Insects are not uncommon. Bring sprays that repel mosquitos and flys