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Been to Marrakech?

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5y, 5m agoPosted 5 years, 5 months ago
To anyone who has been to Marrakech or anywhere in Morocco, what is it like for "grabbers and shouters"?! I've been to Luxor, Sharm, Qatar and Algeria and the attention got unbearable! I know this is completely the norm for the culture, but it got to the point that despite being covered up, I had men stroking my hair out of no where - one even stood in front of me and said "nice jubbly jubblies" and made boob hand actions!!!!!!! Is it the same in Morocco? I don't mind the hassling to buy things, go into the shop etc but I'm going with my boyfriend and he gets really annoyed when they get intrusive so is it worse or better than say Egypt?
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#1
"nice jubbly jubblies" Pics or they were lying..!!!

No seriously, I'd imagine Morocco would share a pretty similar culture, Just ignore them.
#2
In some areas yes.
Most people are decent but there ARE definitely some really OTT characters. Even in Marakech which is quite western in many respects you would be advised to have at least one male in the group.
Even if that is a young boy. Serious. There are some that will give more respect to a young boy than an adult woman.
#3
aint there small riots happening all over Marrakech?
#4
shauneco
"nice jubbly jubblies" Pics or they were lying..!!!

No seriously, I'd imagine Morocco would share a pretty similar culture, Just ignore them.
Lets not turn this into yet another thread about jubblies, even if they ARE mighty fine! Haha!

WoolyM
In some areas yes.
Most people are decent but there ARE definitely some really OTT characters. Even in Marakech which is quite western in many respects you would be advised to have at least one male in the group.
Even if that is a young boy. Serious. There are some that will give more respect to a young boy than an adult woman.
I always thought Egypt was quite Westernised (in the tourist areas at least) but even in Luxor which, although less visited than Sharm is still a popular destination, I was absolutely hounded by them! I'll be with my boyfriend but it never seems to stop them!
#5
Wow, you really like some crap places. I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes than go anywhere near any of those.
Still, each to their own I suppose.
#6
haven't been, but these guys have
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deek72
Wow, you really like some crap places. I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes than go anywhere near any of those.
Still, each to their own I suppose.
I suppose Malaga is more your thing.
#8
Never been to any other arab type countries as to be honest the unwelcome attention put me off such places. I am a bit surprised that you have been smothered when you have been with your boyfriend though.
I do remember that Marrakech was by and large more tolerant than many other areas of Morocco.
banned 1 Like #9
You should probably wear a paper bag on your head.
#10
baffledsalmon
deek72
Wow, you really like some crap places. I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes than go anywhere near any of those.
Still, each to their own I suppose.

I suppose Malaga is more your thing.


Lol, so I suppose the fact that you like those places and I don't makes you culturally superior to me?
Ok.
#11
Unwated people bothering us ruined our weekend break in Marrakech last year, but I guess I'm quite British and easily flustered by 'pestering'.
#12
Is this another bragging thread by the OP?
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
#13
I dont know if it was similar for you BS but I found most people to be decent. There was a time in Rabat (the capital) when I think it was the religious police or suchlike got a bit lary with me and a couple of other females.
And I think it may have been in Marrakech that two student like males kept tagging along and following and it got quite scary. Again there was no male present in our group at the time. They appeared westernised in attitude from their dress but their attitudes definitely were not.
It seemed that other local people were not exactly approving of their actions but werent prepared to intervene.
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deek72
baffledsalmon
deek72
Wow, you really like some crap places. I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes than go anywhere near any of those.
Still, each to their own I suppose.
I suppose Malaga is more your thing.

Lol, so I suppose the fact that you like those places and I don't makes you culturally superior to me?
Ok.
The fact you think I'm referring to Malaga as a culturally void holiday destination has already showed your opinion on it.
Now, back to my original question.
#15
bassman_uk
Is this another bragging thread by the OP?
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Bragging that men were stroking my hair? Um.. Yeah. Yeah I am! X)
#16
WoolyM
I dont know if it was similar for you BS but I found most people to be decent. There was a time in Rabat (the capital) when I think it was the religious police or suchlike got a bit lary with me and a couple of other females.
And I think it may have been in Marrakech that two student like males kept tagging along and following and it got quite scary. Again there was no male present in our group at the time. They appeared westernised in attitude from their dress but their attitudes definitely were not.
It seemed that other local people were not exactly approving of their actions but werent prepared to intervene.
Yes, they can get really intimidating! Were you there for a holiday or were you travelling around? I don't recall ever feeling threatened, mostly because there have been other people around... I think most of it is light hearted but you can't help but feel like it could go too far!
#17
av been to egypt 3 times with the othere half , i pester them instead !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! am allways taking the p i s s out of them .I allways try and sell them stuff , they remember your face and never bother you again.
#18
wear a burka
#19
I was part of an overland group. We travelled all around Morocco.
As I say most people were really decent. But you cant really afford to let your guard down. Even in places where you might think attitudes are more relaxed.
#20
numptyj
wear a burka
Don't say things like that on here... you know where it could lead...
#21
baffledsalmon
deek72
baffledsalmon
deek72
Wow, you really like some crap places. I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes than go anywhere near any of those.
Still, each to their own I suppose.

I suppose Malaga is more your thing.


Lol, so I suppose the fact that you like those places and I don't makes you culturally superior to me?
Ok.

The fact you think I'm referring to Malaga as a culturally void holiday destination has already showed your opinion on it.
Now, back to my original question.

Well if the comment wasn't meant to suggest that Malaga is culturally void then it made no sense. I've no idea whether it is or not as I've never been. Although even saying that, given the choice of an unknown Malaga or having crowds of third world heathens baying and slobbering over me, then Easyjet here I come.
#22
baffledsalmon
bassman_uk
Is this another bragging thread by the OP?
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Bragging that men were stroking my hair? Um.. Yeah. Yeah I am! X)

Shes not bragging. Thats what its like in some places. Serious.
banned#23
numptyj
wear a burka


Will this one fit?

http://www.bigtopmania.co.uk/images/bigtopmania_big_top.jpg
banned#24
WoolyM
baffledsalmon
bassman_uk
Is this another bragging thread by the OP?
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Bragging that men were stroking my hair? Um.. Yeah. Yeah I am! X)


Shes not bragging. Thats what its like in some places. Serious.


I've been to Luxor, Sharm, Qatar and Algeria and the attention got unbearable!

hmmm....
#25
FilthAndFurry
WoolyM
baffledsalmon
bassman_uk
Is this another bragging thread by the OP?
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Bragging that men were stroking my hair? Um.. Yeah. Yeah I am! X)

Shes not bragging. Thats what its like in some places. Serious.

I've been to Luxor, Sharm, Qatar and Algeria and the attention got unbearable!

hmmm....

I can fully understand travelling to a variety of places. What are you suggesting? That some places should be totally off limits just because of gender?
Always a bit difficult to know what role you will assume in threads.
Yes it is bothersome. But if you want to see places outside of Europe sometimes there are instances and situations that you may not wish to tolerate at home but know that it is part of the cutural experience for good or bad.

Edited By: WoolyM on Jun 05, 2011 22:40
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deek72
baffledsalmon
deek72
Wow, you really like some crap places. I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes than go anywhere near any of those.
Still, each to their own I suppose.

I suppose Malaga is more your thing.


Lol, so I suppose the fact that you like those places and I don't makes you culturally superior to me?
Ok.


When you say things like "Wow, you really like some crap places" and make your opinion sound like the voice of the majority, it also makes her superior person then you. Its funny how when you get put in your place, you then try to retract by expressing it as an opinion. A baseless one at that.
banned 1 Like #27
deek72
baffledsalmon
deek72
baffledsalmon
deek72
Wow, you really like some crap places. I'd rather stick red hot needles in my eyes than go anywhere near any of those.
Still, each to their own I suppose.

I suppose Malaga is more your thing.


Lol, so I suppose the fact that you like those places and I don't makes you culturally superior to me?
Ok.

The fact you think I'm referring to Malaga as a culturally void holiday destination has already showed your opinion on it.
Now, back to my original question.

Well if the comment wasn't meant to suggest that Malaga is culturally void then it made no sense. I've no idea whether it is or not as I've never been. Although even saying that, given the choice of an unknown Malaga or having crowds of third world heathens baying and slobbering over me, then Easyjet here I come.


Firstly, i dont think you have anything to worry about, that probably wouldnt happen here, there or in Malaga with you and secondly, easyjet also fly to Marrakech. So umm....
#28
Make my opinion sound like the voice of the majority? How, exactly? And as for "put in my place". Erm, ok then. Great speech with some well made points adnan. :|
#29
FilthAndFurry
WoolyM
baffledsalmon
bassman_uk
Is this another bragging thread by the OP?
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Bragging that men were stroking my hair? Um.. Yeah. Yeah I am! X)


Shes not bragging. Thats what its like in some places. Serious.


I've been to Luxor, Sharm, Qatar and Algeria and the attention got unbearable!

hmmm....


See, my point wasn't that hidden, F&F understood it
#30
Nope. I tend to ignore the North African and Arab nations when booking a holiday.

Between me and you - it's too much of a culture clash.
#31
l dont know why so many people who have never been there are answering here. The lady is asking for sensible answers to lay her concerns to rest, not for irelevant quotes from aspiring comedians.Take your supporting acts to "Live at Apollo".

@Baffledselmon. I have been to Marrakech 3 times in the past 4 years and to be honest re your concerns; its a bit worse than in Istanbul (been there too) but a bit better then in Sharm (my gf has been there). During my visits in Marrakech l was with my girlfriend and despite men would look at her they never did / say any thing dissrespecting or offensive, even when she walked alone. Just dress sensibly, dont make too much eye contact, say no to beggers with a smile, learn a few arabic words just so to show respect toward their culture and language, be alert whats happening around you and walk confidently down the street. Raise you voice if anything inappropriate is happening to you as they will back off immediatly, they want to be seen as men that respect women and will want to avoid embarrasment. The police also make sure no one messes around with the tourist since they are the main income of Morocco's coffers.

I know Marrakech quite well and apart from the famous Jemaa el- Fnaa market, l dont know where else you would run a risk of being sorrounded by a lot of beggars and caos. I personally consider Marrrakech very safe for women as well. Like you would do in Loondon, dont wonder around the streets late at night, or at least do that in busy streets. Rent a car also ( only about 25 quid per day) if you want to minimize contact with people.

If you are rennting an apt stay in Gueliz, a.k.a the french quartier, relatively posh and very quite. If you are staying in a hotel, chose a decent one although they do cost more or less the same as in Vienna.

Have fun, if you need any other info just p.m me.

P.S. It would be nice if you cover Essasouira (old city port) on a day or overnight trip, its only 2 and an half hours from marrakech, or you could go and visit OURZAZADE and specifically AIT BEN HADDOU where a lot of hollywood movies are filmed, GLADIATOR being one of them.
banned#32
OP I think you will be fine in Marrakech. As with any place, be cautious and alert and use common sense, i.e, dress modestly, be polite but stern, avoid long exposure eye contact to avoid anyone getting the wrong idea etc, dont wonder off alone to small roads/streets late at night etc, anything that would generally be applicable to any place really.

I went there last year and met a local girl there (best person ive ever met in my life) and spent nearly everyday with her. I found that Marrakech was in some respects more modern then here. I got hassled by a few guys, who thought they could trick me out of some money, even when I was with the girl, but they didnt focus on her at all (she was very pretty), so its pretty much a tourist thing in my opinion. They also went away and left me alone after she had a word with them in a calm voice in her language.

Be prepared to haggle when buying things there, dont take any price at face value, be prepared to half what they say and use it as a negotiation point and walking away.

Also, if you get a chance, try to visit the Atlas Mountains, its not too far from Marrakech, theres streams, waterfalls and ofcourse, mountains.

If theres anything else you would like to know about the country or would like to get in contact with my friend whilst there for any local issues, let me know.
#33
dcx_badass
Obviously don't know the Op, if it's not her holidays it's her car or job/life. It's like watching an unsuccessful wannabe BG1. Tragic.



irony overload

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