Rabat - Post Report Question and Answers

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Rabat is truly a dream post! It will be very hard to leave this lovely city and country when our tour is over. - Oct 2017

Moroccan people are amazing, warm, kind, and generous--to a fault. This is most obvious when you are interacting on a personal level. When driving, shopping, or waiting in line, however; they can behave rudely and appear self-serving UNLESS you acknowledge them with a greeting and a smile. In the big cities, the attention shown to women in public (when not accompanied by a male) can be rude and ugly. - Jul 2014

1. Because Morocco has a good reputation and is a tourist destination, you will get a lot of friends/relatives who want to visit. Also as a consequence, the Embassy (and other embassies) gets a lot of official visitors from Washington. Not as many as Istanbul or London or Paris, but a pretty steady flow.

2. Morocco is very heterogeneous in many ways, but very homogeneous in one critical way: Islam. I have lived in a few majority-Muslim countries, but they had minorities and people were aware that not everyone was like them. Moroccans are all Muslim except for a tiny Jewish community and Christian expats. Ramadan is extremely important. Eid Al-Adha is extremely important. If you live a surface, expat, lifestyle this only causes minor obstacles. But if you dig deeper, sometimes you can feel very excluded because you will never have that in common and Moroccans have a hard time imagining anything being different. - Nov 2011

We are simply a meal ticket. The combination of ignorance and arrogance in this country is astounding. - Nov 2011

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