Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and while the exact dates cannot be determined, this year it falls in July/August. For anyone who is traveling in Marrakech during Ramadan, the British Embassy has issued a guide answering common questions for any non-Muslims.
Q: Do I have to fast?
A: You, as a non-Muslim, are expected to, however, out of respect, should avoid eating, drinking and smoking in public until the daily fasting is broken.
Q: Are restaurants and shops open?
A: In large cities, such as Marrakech, some restaurants open day and night. They are normally open around 10am until just before sunset, which in the summer, won't be until late! (These times will also likely apply to any pharmacies and banks)
Q: How is the road traffic during Ramadan?
A: Buses may alter their schedules or routes to match the setting sun, or reduce traffic. Taxi drivers are less likely to engage in afternoon or evening travel, but trains normally keep to their schedule. Be aware of any possible changes and always keep the sunset in mind when traveling during Ramadan!