Thursday, November 7TH 2019
Arrivals & Check In
Time: Various Location: Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech
Captains + Co-Captains (& Spouses)
Time: 7:00 pm
Friday, November 8TH 2019
Reiter Cup Team Registration + Lunch
Time: 11:30 am
Time: 1:00 pm
Cocktails & Dinner
Time: 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 9TH 2019
Reiter Cup Team Check In + Lunch
Time: 11:30 am
Time: 1:00 pm
Time: 7:30 pm
Time: 8:30 pm
Please secure your own flight reservations.
Accommodations & Ground Transportation
Reservations at Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech have been secured for all Reiter Cup participants and their guests and will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Formal confirmations will be sent one week prior to the tournament.
Flights to Marrakech arrive at Menara Airport (RAK). A valid passport is required for entry into Morocco, currently for Americans, visas are not required for visits less than 90 days. Check the State Department Website for the latest requirements.
The official currency is the Moroccan Dirham(MAD) and currently the exchange rate is approximately 9.6 MAD/1USD. Of note, it is illegal to take dirham out of Morocco so make sure you spend or exchange your dirham before leaving the country. Cash is needed for purchases in the Medina. ATMs can be hard to find in the Medina (much easier in the new city) so your best bet is to exchange money at the airport (this can be done for no fee).
The official languages in Morocco are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber) and additionally many Moroccans speak French. At the Resort, most people will speak English.
Here are a few common words in Arabic for your reference: Hello-Al Salam Alaikum, Thank You-Shukran, Yes-naäam, No– Laa
Never ever accept the first offer given to you. Whether it’s a taxi or a souk — always negotiate. Having exact change on you will make things a lot easier, too. Especially when it comes to negotiating in the souks (marketplaces). If you tell someone you can only pay “x” amount for something, but then you pull out triple from your wallet, they’ll haggle you more.
If you would like to explore the Medina for a shopping trip (at your own cost), please contact me directly to help you set it up with our travel agent or the resort to avoid scams and for your own safety. I can be reached via email at Miriam.Li@berry.net
Do NOT drink tap water. To avoid any tummy issues, it is advised that you use bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth.
Marrakech tends to be more accepting of Western attire but as Morocco is a Muslim country, women are advised to dress conservatively as a sign of respect of the culture. If you are planning to go on a shopping trip, make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Morocco has a big tipping culture and it is expected that you tip anyone who assists you (whether that help was wanted or not). Be sure to carry plenty of coins and small bills.
Marrakech is full of beautiful sights and colors, and it can be very tempting to snap as many shots as possible. General street scenes are fine, but if you take pictures of a specific person or someone’s stall without asking, they may get offended or ask for money. If you want to take photos of the street performers (musicians, snake charmers or the guys in traditional costume in the square, etc.), even from afar, you will need to pay for the privilege. They sometimes tell you to take a photo and then demand money after, so just be aware that this may happen and try to agree the price before if you really want that photo.
Without a guide, you will get lost in the Medina. Not a doubt.
If you get lost, do not panic. As I read on a blog, “that is the charm of the city, to always be lost”. First thing, do not take help from strangers on the street, they will expect you to pay them for the help and may harass you if you don’t pay them enough. It is preferable to walk into a restaurant or shop – where someone is sitting behind a counter and cannot leave – for directions.
Some things to keep in mind to make sure you have some reference points: As you walk from your riad or hotel to Jemaa el Fna (the main square) for the first time, take note of a few landmarks that will help you find your way home, your breadcrumbs, if you will. As you enter the square, remember which cafes or restaurants are on each side of the street you come out of. That way you’re at least heading in the right direction when you go home.
The traffic in Marrakech could prove to be a challenge whether you are a driver or a pedestrian. Take extra care when crossing streets, as traffic rules and signals tend to be ignored by cars, scooters – and there are so many! – , horse carriages and even people walking.
Being a Muslim country, alcohol is not prevalent in the area. However, resorts, riads and hotels will certainly have it available. Drinking to the point of intoxication (especially in public) is highly frowned upon.
Fees for traveling with your clubs are covered. If you prefer to ship them, here is a company that offers shipping to and from Morocco: www.sendmybag.com. Make sure to ship from and to the Hotel. Please note we are not endorsing this company, if you choose to use them it is at your own risk. Thanks.
If you don’t happen to use European plugs in daily life, bring a European Plug Adapter.