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dress code in Marrakech

does anyone know what the dress code is in Marrakech?

Some guide books say no shorts or bare arms..is that true, and is that for women or men as well?

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1. Re: dress code in Marrakech

Have you read the top questions on the right hand side of the screen?

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2. Re: dress code in Marrakech

It is definitely recommended not to have bare arms or shorts. That being said, however, we saw plenty of people with both bare arms and shorts. Less modest clothing is more prevalent in the modern cities, and there are places within the Medina where you might feel somewhat uncomfortable with bare arms or shorts. However, we did not see any kind of inhospitable reaction to people dressed like this.

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Friends of mine went on a trip organised by a Moroccan friend. They were encouraged to cover their shoulders but this was mostly on the grounds of not getting burnt shoulders.

One bit of advice she gave may sound odd to our Western ears was given, as she tucked my friend's bra strap inside her T shirt was "An ample cleavage will be objected less to than underwear showing". She is a regular visiter to her home city of Casblanca as well as Marrakech with escorted groups.

Another friend takes small groups to Cairo and she often remarks on how tourists seem it difficult to strike the sensible balance between revealing Western hot weather wear and going overboard with the modesty. We both know an American lady who takes visitors to Egypt and insists her ladies cover their hair and wear flowing garments. As my friend says the Egyptians find this amusing and not at all necessary. Covering midriffs,maybe shoulders as well not letting you bum fall out of shorts: it's not much to ask. Frankly I am much more comfortable in linen trousers and a cotton or light linen shirt. Tight and skimpy just don't cut it in the heat as far as I am concerned. And I cover my head in the bright sunlight because I do not want my expensively blonded hair to go white!

But back to revealing underwear, there was a time ..back in the dark ages of my young days when we Brit girls went to extreme efforts not to show bra straps, underskirts ("it's snowing down south" was shouted at you in streets) and stocking tops...that was difficult in the 60s..with mini skirts!

Edited: 6:21 am, April 22, 2011
Bristol UK
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I think it is a pity that some visitors cannot follow simple guidelines & show respect for local culture. I was amazed to see how some women dressed & think that maybe this is why some report unfriendly behaviour by local people. My advice to men & women is to cover your shoulders, body and most of your legs, & not to wear low cut necklines.

Amsterdam, The...
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we are thinking of renting a private villa in marrakech what would b the dress code for around the pool if it is private as i wood like to come back with a bit of a sun tan. i understand we av to dress apropriate while out and about but in private wood it be diffrent....... thank you

Edited: 10:26 am, February 15, 2012
Cardiff, United...
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6. Re: dress code in Marrakech

In the hotel pool areas in guilez, you will find many women in bikinis, it is just like anywhere else in the world, it would be the same if you had a private villa, I would imagine you could wear what you wanted to.

It is mainly in the old city or medina area where you should take extra care as this is the more traditional part of Marrakech (or what I like to call the "real Marrakech").

Like anywhere in the world, the more you respect the local traditions, the more respect you will get in return.

Amsterdam, The...
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thank you very much this as bin a real help and so i shall have a nice tan to come home with

Marrakech, Morocco
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8. Re: dress code in Marrakech

I live in Marrakesh and am a western woman. Shorts are fine but not skimpy revealing ones. Bare arms are fine too. When i first came to morocco in 2007 it was different, it felt different. Nowadays most people just dress according to the weather and if you intend to visit any attractions. If you were wesring a boob tube and skimpy hot pants.....then you will get a lot of stares and possibly be looked upon as a prostitute. So, even back in 2007 i felt i had a few stares from wearing a vest top. But not now. Local people are adjusting to their tourism trade and realise that other world cultures visiting their cities etc....do dress and behave differently. Don't worry too much...just be sure you always have a scarf for some extra coverage if you do feel a little intimidated and or a pair of leggings or something you can throw on as the sun starts to go down ..... if your still out and about at that time before dinner,evening plans etc...as much as it can get cool very quickly once the sun has gone down. And especially in the shade. Now anyhow as its winter.

Have a good trip

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I too live in Marrakech and am pretty annoyed at some of the advice being given here on TA. Surely it is not so much about how you as a tourist feel or whether or not you feel intimidated, it's more about respecting the local culture and traditions. I would not advocate full body covering, but modesty and respect. As MIB15 rightly says "the more you respect the local traditions, the more respect you will get in return". I can't help but think that some western women just want the male attention. Shorts and skimpy tops are NOT fine for the medina. In case you think I'm a grumpy man, my wife is in total agreement and gets even more annoyed than I do at this!