Well, i dont know where to put this; it goes under Local Customs and General Tips:
If you are at the market, or just at a shop
Do the following:
1) Examine the product, you are to buy, have a look around.
2) If you like the product find the price
3) Remember to Haggle!
4) Say if the person gives u a price
Take an example of: 100 Moroccan Dirhams,
You want a lower price!!, YOU DO!!!!, HAGGLE!!, IT DOESNT MAKE YOU CHEAP, IT MAKES SMART!!!, You can do it hear so DO IT!!. So you say 65, and the trader says 90, you say 70, he says 86, you say, final at 72, he wil go down to in the 70 region. i.e. 77 You then meet at 74, say that is your final, the trader should meet you there.
5) Be Happy, and Haggle!, GO ON!!, I come from a culture of Haggling at the market in my native country. Its so sad, that you cant do that in England :(.
Quartier des Habous...
I bought those blue glasses at the rear and the first tea-pot and paid - after baigaining :-) -190DHS.
Not to be missed, even if only to get an idea of prices - a wise precaution before launching into the refined art of bargaining.
Jellaba is loose hooked cloak worn by Arab men. I did not find many men wearing jellabas in Cassablanca.
But I found more women wearing traditional Arab clothes.
Btw better to ask women before taking them pictures especially when they are accompanied by men (= usually). Taking pictures of woman's face is a sin in a muslim religion, be respective to it.
If you want you can buy jellaba to look like natives (rather not in Casablanca). If you are blond-haired don't forget to put on a jellaba's hood and enjoy the sun before to get your skin more bronze :-).
Find the real Medina
We visited the Medina in Casablanca. After being disappointed by watches and tshirts and moroccan crafts made in china, we continued further off and found the Real Medina and it was wonderful!!
Standing in front of a tower which must be the "main entrance" turn and face the Hyatt Hotel (it's just outside the Medina) and then start walking to your right, stay outside the wall that seems to encircle the Medina, and follow the wall for about 200 meters North, when you come to the next big entry into the Medina, your in what appeared to me to be the real heart of it all. The small roads radiating to your left are looking wonderful, and if you enter the Medina at this point, and wander in and quickly up to your right. I only went right, but everywhere from here looked great. Egg vendors, meat vendors, spice vendors, and very few gringos like me. We were there at sunset in December, and no-one noticed us, we felt safe, and could have spent hours and hours there. If you want to buy spices this is the place, other than that, it's all stuff for locals. Don't miss the real Medina, it's alive and thrilling.
Air France got me all the way from Edinburgh (via Paris) on time, in style & comfort, in the middle of the worst December weather Scotland and France had seen in many years. Cancellations & delays all over - but not AF.
Even got through passport control double quick, with a smile and a nod.
Then had to wait a full hour for my bag!
The airport was not busy - it probably did coincide with the 5.30ish call to prayer however. The only explanation I can think of.
Of course the airport is where most people get their first impressions of a city - shame.