The Currency

In Egypt, one Egyptian pound is called ‘Genēh’ The Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: ɡeˈneː(h). The sign for a Genēh is: E, £ or in Arabic letters: ج.م In Egypt, the most frequently used abbreviation for an Egyptian pound is LE, which stands for livre égyptienne (French for Egyptian pound).

The word Genēh is derived from the British Guinea coin, which was the first English machine-struck gold coin. A Guinea coin had the same value of a Genēh as it was divided into 100 units.

 

 ‘Do you speak Egyptian?’

How to say ‘No, Thank you’: “La’ shukran.” Egyptian hospitality knows no limits, when walking down the streets or on tourist sites, many locals, especially souvenir shop owners, will try to get tourists’ attention. ‘La shukran’ is a nice way to say I’m not interested. The Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: La’ SHUK-ran.

Meanings and pronunciations of Arabic words:

Good Morning: sa-baH il kheer
Good Bye: maa-el-sa-LAE-ma
Yes: EYE-wa
No: La’
pleaseto: min FAD-lak
Please to a woman: min FAD-lik

’Taxi!’

When taking a taxi, it is best if a visitor asks their travel agency or hotel concierge to call a taxi for them. Usually, hotels and travel agencies have certain assigned taxis they know and have worked with. Visitors should try and form a relationship with a certain taxi driver so that they always have a reliable form of transportation available.

Also we have public buses but its always full according to over population.

Metro is available also but just in Cairo and gia

Kissing on Cairo’s streets

Like with so many countries, acts of physical intimacy in public vary with respect to the culture and context; in Egypt, displays of intimacy in public are usually frowned upon. While Egypt prides itself on being a top tourist destination, it is still a conservative country. It is advised to keep a conservative attitude when in public.

 

Medical matters :

Mots problems with health in Egypt are caused by simple things and are generally nothing to do with bad food. The following advice holds :

Always  wear a hat when on excursions the sun is very strong and the breeze can lull you into a false sense of security.

When coming in from an excursion do not consume ice cold drinks for at least twisty minutes as this will give your body time to re-adjust to the air conditioned temperatures. Take a luk-warm drink, room temperature water or perhaps a soft drink with no ice. Your stomach may strenuously object to rapid changes of temperature .

Drink lots of bottled water. Be sure to take plenty on long excursions .

After being out and about, remember to wash your hands before eating. We strongly recommend the frequent use of antiseptic gels to keep hands clean.

If it does all go horribly wrong contact either your guide or the hotel receptionist for medical attention. For minor discomfort the local pharmacies will be able to help . 

The saying ( local drugs for local bugs ) holds well in Egypt .

The traveler’s companion?

Most travelers who travel to Egypt come armed with travel books. Travel books can provide an interesting overview and perspective of destinations; however, they are not always helpful. Travel books can often be inaccurate. It is wiser to ask a friend who has visited or ask a travel agency. If none are available, logging onto travel forums and reading people’s blog posts about their experience while visiting Egypt, would provide a more realistic perspective of the country.

Many visitors rely on travel books when visiting foreign countries, however, travel books are not always helpful.

Let people know where you are

When traveling alone or independent of a travel agency, let your hotel know where you are going. In case of an emergency, your hotel representatives will know where to look for you or contact you. Also, getting the exact address and phone number of both the place you are going to and your hotel will save you time and will ensure that you are transported to the exact location you wanted.

A nice dish to eat in Egypt is Kushari. Kushari consists of four different carbohydrates and is considered one of Egypt’s most popular street foods. You can find it everywhere. For a more comprehensive list of Middle Eastern foods you can eat in Egypt consist of black lintel , rice , tomato souce , chille ,crispy onion ,chickpeas and pasta ,

Mahshi is another dish which very delicious and famous consist of cabbage , rice ,meat and tomato souce

Cairo’s bumper car rides

Cairo traffic can be very hazardous at times. Cautiousness is advised when crossing streets and driving. For UK and Japanese travelers, be watchful when on the streets as you are used to drivers driving on the left. In Egypt, people drive on the right.

 ‘How hot is it outside?’

Egypt’s weather can be very hot during summer days. Temperatures can rise to 37° C (99° F). Thus, visitors are advised to always keep a cold beverage with them. Dehydration is possible especially for visitors who are not used to hot weathers.

Temperatures in Egypt during the summer can be unbearable at times. Egypt’s coastlines provide ideal getaways for those looking to escape the daunting humid weather

 

Exchange rates

Ideally, visitors should carry most of their money in Egyptian pounds as they will use the Egyptian currency the most. Most souvenir shops, grocery stores and day to day expenses will require visitors to pay in Egyptian pounds. Paying in their own currency will be a possibility; however, in this case, the shop owner will be the one to decide the exchange rate. As a result, visitors may end up to paying more than is required of them.

Dress like Indiana Jones

When visiting tourist sites, visitors are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Some of Egypt’s must-see tourist destinations are on sandy surfaces or uneven grounds. In addition, visitors may be required to walk long distances. High heels and open-toe shoes are not ideal for some of these sites.

The risks of flash photography

As with most tourist sites, various monuments inside ancient sites have a “No Flash Photography” policy. Bright flash can be very damaging to monuments with paintings. Please be respectful of those rules as you may be asked to leave if you do not abide by them.

Egypt is full of ancient monuments and temples. Some of Egypt’s most beautifully decorated monuments is the valley of Kings. The valley of Kings consists of 63 chambers and tombs. The walls of the royal chambers and tombs are decorated with paintings portraying Egyptian mythology and ancient Egyptian funeral Rituals.

Your local companion

In Egypt, there is an abundance of freelance tourist guides. If you are traveling alone or in a couple, a guide may approach you on a tourist site asking to ‘give you a tour’ of the place. Those tourist guides are not employed by the Egyptian government. You will be asked to pay them on their own terms, thus, they may be overpriced. In addition, they may not be as knowledgeable.

Beware: scammers

When arriving at the Giza Pyramids complex, you may be told that you cannot walk or drive to the pyramids and that you must take a horse or a camel instead. This is false. There have been cases in which foreigners have been told that they cannot drive or walk to the pyramids complex by local camel and horse operators. This is just a way for them to make profit.

Tipping

We carries out a great deal of background tipping on behalf of its clients throughout all tours. This includes luggages handlers, restaurant staff and cleaning staff, as well as the myriad others who work hard behind the scenes. However it is customary in Egypt to give a personal gratuity whenever and wherever possible. All Egyptians who can afford to tip do so constantly !

For your driver, a tip of up to LE 15 per person per day would be about right. You can give this to the driver when he finishes his a allocated days – Your guide will let you know when that is – rather than every day. It’s always nice to leave LE 30 / 40 in the hotel room when you leave as a thank you to the room cleaners .

It is usual to give your guide a tip personally . This might be around 40 LE for a day per person at the end of the tour.

( Of course all the tipping is at your discretion ), these are only indications of what previous tourists have done.

The best way to see many of the sites in the Middle East is to be there in the first part if the day. This avoids hoards of less committed tourists, as well as the heat, and also provides the best light of the day for photography. This can mean some rather early starts but don’t be alarmed – you will see the benefits

 

Shopping

Should you wish to purchase souvenirs away from the street vendors, just ask your guide to organize a shopping trip one afternoon or evening when there is nothing else planned.

There are a lot of things you can buy such as ( Papyrus paper paintings, Egyptian cotton products, Perfume essences & other touristy stuff ).