What’s it like for Expats in Marrakech?
Leaving aside the debate about the difference between an Expat and a Migrant, I would suggest that life for foreigners in Marrakech, and in Morocco in general, is a great experience. Marrakech is a vibrant international city with a distinctly cosmopolitan feeling. You can easily access both the historical and cultural aspects of the city, whilst also enjoying the modernity and hip vibe of a happening place.
Colin talks about his experience as an expat in Marrakech in this short video:
I came to Marrakech for a number of reasons:
We enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year – the Riad I live in doesn’t even have a roof!
We have a city centre airport with hundreds of flights a day to all the major European cities.
It’s a really cool place to work – once you get used to the somewhat laid-back approach to time keeping. You can find real flexibility here – something that has long been lost in Europe and elsewhere. There are tax breaks for start-ups. You can create and develop in Marrakech like nowhere I’ve ever worked. It’s edgy and exciting.
There are numerous national associations. I am personally member of British and Swiss business associations and Chambers of Commerce. Social life is vibrant and dynamic. We have friends from over 20 nations here. And we live in a little street with Moroccan families all around. They are welcoming and generous with us. During the COVID lockdown they were bringing us food to the door! Fabulous.
Marrakech is a marvellous place for Expats. It is a sociable city, ancient yet modern, with real freedom to express yourself and to make your life. Yes, it’s a muslim country, yet this is as tolerant and open a society as I have ever seen. Come to Marrakech!