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For most, Egypt conjures up vivid images of ancient pharaohs, stunning pyramids, majestic ruins, and vast deserts. Few ancient civilizations are as iconic and as fascinating, and Egypt enduring appeal can be fully grasped when standing before the Pyramids of Giza, exploring the ruins at Luxor, or even marveling at the immense collection of priceless artifacts at the National Museum.
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Time Zone: GMT(+2)
Dialing code: +20
Language: Arabic, but English is also widely spoken and understood in tourism hubs.
Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP). ATMs are widely available, and high-end hotels, restaurants and shops will take credit card.
Plug Sockets: Egypt uses plug sockets C and F, which are the round two-pronged plugs, so you will need an adaptor. The standard voltage is 220V and the frequency is 50 Hz, which is the same as UAE.
Getting Around: Trains are the most comfortable and efficient option, and the best way to travel to places like Alexandria and Luxor. All carriages are air-conditioned. Buses are cheaper and less comfortable, but still a good option for travel throughout the country.
Renting a car is not advisable, especially for driving around Cairo, however drivers for the day can be hired quite cheaply and are a good, flexible option. Agree on a rate at the beginning of the day.
Please note that some areas of Egypt, particularly the Sinai Peninsula in the east of the country and a large portion of the West, are not currently considered safe for travelers. The main tourist attractions of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, and Luxor are not currently affected, although there has been political unrest in Cairo in the past few years.
The most popular time to visit Egypt is during its traditional tourist season of November to February. During this time, the weather is pleasant throughout the Nile Valley, however Cairo can be a bit chilly. Tourist sites like Luxor and Aswan are busiest in December and January, but otherwise not too crowded.
Springtime (March-April) and autumn (September-October) are also a good times to visit, with pleasant weather throughout most of the country and less crowds. It starts to get hotter in May, but temperatures remain comfortable and seaside resorts begin to fill up with domestic tourists escaping the heat.
During the summer, the heat can be oppressive, with sightseeing activities reduced to early morning or evening to avoid the worst of the sun. It is however not a bad time for a seaside resort holiday, although expect to pay more. Note that many businesses close during the day throughout Ramadan, which will also impact tourism.
Egyptian food is simple, based on heavy use of vegetables and legumes as well as some meat. It is similar in its flavors to the food of the Middle East, but with a few differences in ingredients. For instance, a quintessential street food is taâmeya, a food similar to the Middle Eastern falafel but made with fava beans instead of chickpeas. Like most countries in the region, grilled skewered meats (kebab wa kofta) are also popular and commonly eaten with flatbread (baladi), salad and dips.
Another staple dish is ful medames, a dish of slowly stewed and spiced fava beans. Kushari is considered by many the national dish, a unique mix of lentils, rice, and pasta covered with a spicy tomato sauce and crispy onions. In terms of meat dishes, spicy sausages and liver are popular, as well as hawashi, a âmeat pieâ made of spicy minced meat stuffed into baladi bread and baked.
In seaside cities like Alexandria, the cuisine is of course more fish-based: one popular dish is sayadeya, consisting of white fish baked with rice and a tomato sauce in an earthenware pot.
Egypt is one of the world earliest civilizations, dating back to before 3,000 BC. Egyptian culture has long held a fascination for many people, dating back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who were some of the first people to visit the country for sightseeing purposes.
The most famous aspects of traditional Egyptian culture are its former royals, the Pharaohs, who occupy a unique place amongst the rulers of the old world. They are known for their lavish palaces and extravagant tombs, and figures such as Ramses II, Tutankhamun, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra have become some of the most prominent and famous names associated with antiquity.
Egypt was one of the first civilizations to develop a style of visual art, immediately recognizable for its flat perspective. Egyptian was also one of the first written languages, and is most famously known for its hieroglyphic texts based on imagery rather than letters, often written on papyrus, a precursor to paper.
Whilst the ancient culture of Egypt is its most iconic feature, modern-day Egypt also has a flourishing cultural scene of art, literature, music, and cinema.
The main attractions in Egypt are the remains of the country stunning ancient history, most notably the iconic Pyramids of Giza, the only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Set near Cairo and guarded by the famous sphinx, they are an unmissable step in any tourist visit. Another key site is Luxor, the site of the ancient city of Thebes, which includes such sights as the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple. A mix of lively modern town with breathtaking museum, all set by the banks of the Nile, Luxor is one of the most fascinating visits in the world.
Another attraction imbued with ancient history is Alexandria, formerly one of the most powerful cities the world and now Egypt second largest metropolis. Although it has some good museums and the library - spiritual successor to the greatest and largest library in antiquity - is worth a visit, Alexandria now shines through its bustling city life and pleasant coastal waterfront.
Aswan is a small town on the banks of the Nile, famous for being a great spot to take a break from Egypt big cities and crowded tourist attractions. There are many attractions surrounding Aswan, from temples to Nubian villages to Elephantine Island on the Nile, though many find the best thing about it is relaxing and watching river life unfold. Further down the river, Abu Simbel, Ramses II great temples, are yet another ancient wonder to behold.
Egypt has a varied climate and landscape, with the fertile lands surrounding the Nile bordering on arid desert on both the eastern and western sides. In the Nile Valley, birds are abundant, including eagles, hawks, flamingoes and pelicans. Over four hundred species of birds have been recorded in the country, and with the country location in the middle of various major migration paths, many can be seen flying over twice a year.
Whilst both deserts share some similar wildlife, such as desert foxes and small rodents, some species are specific to each one: you can find gazelles and sheep in the Western Desert, whilst the Eastern Desert is home to hyenas and ibexes.
Egypt has about thirty species of snake, almost half of which are venomous - including the Egyptian cobra and horned viper - and the Nile and Delta are home to over a hundred species of fish.
If you are going during the high season in the winter, you should pack for summer but with a few warmer jumpers or jackets, as both Cairo and Alexandria can get chilly and drizzly. During the rest of the year, the heat is pretty consistent, and light, loose-fitting summer clothes are best.
If you are visiting during the height of summer, bear in mind temperatures will be extremely hot, so make sure you are comfortable and protected from the sun: loose, light materials which cover the skin but leave breathing space are the best option.
Citizens of UAE do not require a visa to visit Egypt for a period of up to three months.