Don’t be an ugly American—learn Moroccan customs before you go

People come first; the actions to be accomplished are secondary. Moroccans shake hands with each other every time they meet. Nothing can happen without politeness: if you have a problem and lose your temper, you give up hope of solving it. Using the left hand for any right-hand activities (like eating from a communal dish at a traditional meal) is generally thought of as rude, since the left is used for attending to personal hygiene. See our Morocco coverage.

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