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About Egypt


Egypt has a mystical and timeless appeal that has been attracting travelers from far and wide for many centuries. From the fascinating sights of the Pharaohs, on the banks of the Nile at Luxor to the glorious beaches of the Red Sea at Sharm El Sheikh, this is a land of great contrast, where ancient and modern life exist side by side.

Past civilizations have left an indelible impression on the landscape creating what today must rank as one of the most spectacular sightseeing destinations in the world. Visit ancient temples and tombs on a Nile cruise, marvel at the awe-inspiring Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo, explore the magical underwater coral and fish life of the Red Sea, or take up the challenge of one of Egypt's championship golf courses.

A holiday to Egypt will stimulate your mind, captivate your heart and steal your soul.

General 

Name

Arabic Republic of Egypt ( Masr )

Area

1,001,450 sq km (391,191 sq miles).

Population

95,235,960.

Capital

Cairo

Language

Arabic, and English is widely spoken.

Time

GMT + 2

Electricity

220 volts / 50 Hz

 
Food
We invite you to savor the delicious typical dishes of Egypt, such as: koshari (lentil and rice dish), maashi (stuffed vegetables) and full medammes (broadbean stew). When it comes to fruit, Egypt is a paradise of fragrant and tasty fruits. Don't forget to taste the guavas, dates, figs, and large variety of juicy mangos! . 

Most hotels serve local dishes. The typical Egyptian foods are rice, pita bread (aysh) and fava beans. Special dishes include roasted ground lamb like kebab, vegetable casserole, and stuffed, grilled pigeon. Desserts like Ahwa and Baklava are local favorites. Italian and French cuisine can be found in hotels and restaurants. Locally brewed beer and bottled sodas may be found throughout the country. Do not miss out on Egyptian coffee. It is well known delicious taste.

Services & Government Offices
Government offices, including post offices, are open from 8:00AM - 3:00PM, Saturday through Wednesday, and are closed Thursdays, Fridays and on national holidays. Shops are open daily from 9:00AM - 1:00PM, and from 4:00PM - 8:00PM, with some shops closed on Sundays.

Health
Vaccinations are no longer necessary or required to enter Egypt. However, we advise you to avoid drinking tap water, other unbottled beverages, and drinks with ice. Please consult your physician for more advice. 

For all health requirements and recommendations, travelers should check with a local Department of Health clinic or U.S Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Money
The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (L.E.). It is divided into 100 Piasters (silver coins). Banknotes (paper currency) are available in the following denominations: 0.25, 0.50, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Pounds (L.E.). Coins are available in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, and 25 Piasters. Exchange rate: 1 US Dollar = approximately 6.1 (L.E.), depending on the daily rate. Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks and authorized exchange offices where the official rates of exchange are posted daily.

Credit cards   
Credit cards like American express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most tourist establishments.

Currency restrictions  
The importation and exportation of local currency is limited to 1000 Egyptian pounds for non-residents. The importation and exportation of foreign currency is not limited.

Banking hours
8:30am - 2pm Sunday to Thursday, closed Friday, Saturday and most public holidays.

Tips

the popular "baksheesh." Remember that in Egypt, you pay "baksheesh" for rendered services, and the amount is up to you. Your tour guide will be glad to help you determine appropriate tips when necessary.

Entry Visas and Passports Validity

All visitors to Egypt must hold a current passport with at least 6 months validation. Visas for a stay of one month may be obtained from all Egyptian Consulates or upon entry to Egypt. (for most nationalities)

Geography
Land boundaries total 2,689 km, Gaza Strip 11 km, Israel 255 km, Libya 1,150 km, Sudan 1,273 km

Location Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip

Coastline 2,450 km

Terrain vast desert plateau interrupted by Nile valley and delta

Comparative area Slightly more than three times the size of New Mexico

Map References Africa

Climate & Clothing
Egyptian summers are hot and dry while the fall and winter seasons are moderate and the spring season windy. Some rain falls along the coast..
 
Light cottons
and comfortable shoes are recommended for the hot summer months. Hats, Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended for protection against the harsh rays of the sun. Egypt is religious country; therefore, modest dress is essential. Short dresses should be avoided, particularly when visiting religious sites such as mosques.
Temperatures

Month

Type

Cairo
Min/Max

Alexandria
Min/Max

Luxor
Min/Max

Aswan
Min/Max

Hurghada
Air/Water
Average

Sharm El Sheikh

Min/Max

Jan

C
F

8.6/19.1
47/66

9.3/18.3
49/65

5.4/23
42/74

8/23.8
46/75

24/18
75/64

13.4/23.8

56/74

Feb

C
F

9.3/21
48/69

9.7/19.2
49/67

6.8/25.4
44/78

9.4/26.1
49/79

25/18
77/64

13.9/25.7

56/78

March

C
F

11.2/23.7
52/75

11.3/21
52/70

10.7/29
51/84

12.6/30.4
54/86

26/20
79/68

13.7/25

56/78

April

C
F

13.9/28.2
56/83

14.5/23.6
58/75

15.7/35
60/95

17.5/36
63/97

31/25
88/77

17.7/28.9

63/82

May

C
F

17.4/32.4
63/90

16.7/26.5
62/80

20.7/39.3
69/103

21.1/38.5
71/101

35/26
95/79

24.1/32.8

75/89

June

C
F

19.9/34.5
68/95

20.4/28.2
69/83

22.6/41
72/107

24.2/42.1
76/108

37/28
99/82

26.1/37

78/98

July

C
F

21.5/35.4
71/96

22.7/29.6
73/86

23.6/40.8
74/106

24.5/42
76/108

40/28
107/82

26.7/38.3

78/100

Aug

C
F

21.6/34.8
71/95

22.9/30.4
73/87

23.5/41
74/107

24.7/41.3
76/107

42/29
108/84

26.6/38

78/100

Sept

C
F

19.9/23.3
68/89

21.3/29.4
71/85

21.5/38.5
71/101

22.2/39.6
72/103

38/27
100/81

26/34.1

78/93

Oct

C
F

17.8/29.8
64/86

17.9/27.7
64/82

17.8/35.1
64/95

19.3/36.6
66/99

32/25
90/77

22.8/30.1

71/86

Nov

C
F

12.1/24.1
54/75

14.8/24.4
59/76

12.3/29.6
54/85

14.5/30.2
58/86

26/23
79/73

27.6/15.9

81/60

Dec

C
F

10.4/20.7
51/69

11.2/20.4
52/69

7.7/24.8
45/76

9.9/20.5
50/69

26/19
79/66

15.9/22.7

81/72

Communication
Telephone Systems
Egypt has modernized its telephone systems, all cities maybe accessed by direct dial. Phone booths are distributed all over the areas of most cities. Egypt country code is +20

Mobile Phones
Mobile phones with roaming possibilities "GSM" operate efficiently in most areas in Egypt. The networks have been expanded in most cities and beach resorts.

Internet Access
Access to the internet is readily available.

 

Shopping
Shopping in bazaars is really fun. Traditional Egyptian accessories and gifts are easily available. Bargaining is common practice in all bazaars. Never offer a price that you are not willing to pay. Shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., extended during the summer. Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s famous bazaar, and some others have more flexible hours, but are closed on Sundays. Best shopping times are late morning and early evening.

 

Culture
A comprehensible knowledge of Egyptian religion is indispensable for anyone who wishes to grasp the essence of the Egyptian civilization. Religion had deeply dominated all aspects of Egyptian culture---art, science, government, and law. In short, religion was the womb of Egypt's ancient culture. Egyptian religion can be characterized by its infinite complexity and diversity.

This diversity is justified by the constant growth of religious beliefs over the many centuries during which new ideas were introduced without ever discarding any old ones (except during the reign of Akhenaten). Therefore, to the ancient Egyptian this diversity of beliefs and gods was acceptable; because of which each divine power was approached through a variety of images related to nature, animal and human life.

Music is a very important part of Egyptian culture. Elements of western pop music are increasingly being integrated into contemporary Egyptian music and contemporary musicians are experimenting with newer styles.

Where to go..?!
Khan El Khalili
Cairo's sprawling markets are a feast of sights, sounds, exotic smells and great shopping! Khan Al Khalili is one of the biggest bazaars in the Middle East, perhaps in the world. It is a whole town of markets and shops. Craftsmen, businessmen and wholesalers crowd together along its narrow alleys. There are wonderful brass ornaments and fixtures there, lovely mosaics, and perfume shops suffused with spice and floral scents. Be prepared to bargain for your new treasures!

Nile Cruises & Lake Nasser Cruises
A cruise on the Nile is the most interesting and memorable river experience in the world! Since the beginning of time, Egypt and the Nile have unified to build and share one life. It was the Nile, which gave life to the land, Egypt. The Nile is the foundation that gave rise to one of the most impressive civilizations of the human race. Egypt is truly the gift of the Nile.

 

Optional Tours

Enjoy!!
Photography
Egypt is a fascinating and magnificent country to photograph. You are allowed to take pictures inside many tombs and temples. A photography fee is often to be paid at the ticket office, prior to entering some exhibits. These fees are not included in the tour package price.

Sports
There is a wealth of diverse sports that you can enjoy in settings unique to Egypt. How about a tennis match or a game of golf with a view of the majestic pyramids? Or windsurfing, water-skiing or snorkeling and scuba diving in the Red Sea? Whatever suits your fancy; our programs are designed to meet your needs.

Underwater Exploring
Egypt offers incredible coral reefs and underwater seascapes for you to explore! Feeling adventurous but don't want to get wet? How would you like to explore the inner depths of the Red Sea in comfort and style? If so, our submarine tours are the ideal way to explore the many treasures of the Red Sea.
Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam are some of the important cities offering diving.
Xanadu
Egypt is a true "xanadu" - an idyllic, exotic, luxurious paradise on earth. Its fascinating history, entertainment, comfortable business facilities, and pleasant weather certainly contribute to this, but it is Egypt's ingratiating people that truly set her apart. Egyptians are outgoing, warm, and have a great sense of humor. We respect all visitors, and have a deep sense of tolerance for other races, religions, and nationalities. When you are in Egypt, you are part of our family!

Yachts and Boats
If you are interested in offshore sightseeing, or would like to combine that experience with a diving Safari, choose from the finest selection of yachts and boats and visit the many beautiful islands in the Red Sea, such as the Lost Virgin "El Nabaa." We will be happy to arrange these excursions for you.
 

Words from Egypt
Ahlan wa sahlan ( Welcome )
Shokran ( Thank You )
Sabah el kher ( Good Morning )
Baksheesh ( Tip )
Ma`a el salama ( Good Bye )
Bokra ( Tomorrow )
Kolo Tamam ( All OK )
F'los ( Money )
Ana / Enta ( me / you )
Ana Baheb Masr ( I Love Egypt )
Inshalla ( if GOD wills )
Ma'alesh ( Never Mind )
Shay ( Tea )
Kahwa ( Coffee )
Laban ( Milk )
Mazboot ( Medium )
Helw ( Beautiful )