Remember These Things for Your First Traveling in Egypt

Egypt is a wonderful country; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile River, minarets and the first powerful, well-known civilizations. It is nearly impossible to imagine that you will see all that it has to present when you do traveling in Egypt; but it is certainly really worth a try.

The official name of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This wonderful country is situated in north-eastern Africa and is bordered by Jordan, Libya, Israel, Sudan and the Gaza Strip. Its largest city and capital is Cairo. Egypt covers almost 997,000 sq. kilometers of the African continent and has an estimated number of 81 million inhabitants.

Getting There

Going to Egypt is quite easy. A large part of their economic system is tourism and making it tough to enter the country may certainly have an effect on their tourism. Potential visitors who are thinking of traveling in Egypt must know that visas may be obtained upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Dialect

The official language of Egypt is Arabic. A lot of natives, though, converse with what is known as as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the local dialect. However, in schools and in various official settings, the acknowledged form of Arabic is the Standard Arabic.

Egyptians are known for their curiosity of other languages. There are a lot of Egyptians that communicate in English in addition to Arabic. Also, due to the overwhelming number of tourists who come in Egypt from Europe, you may discover that many Egyptians also communicate in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also turned out to be an increasingly preferred language to practice simply because, again, there are a big number of Russian visitors visiting Egypt- particularly in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Money

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound, written as LE- which is French for “livre egyptienne” (Egyptian pound). When published in numbers, the Egyptian pound indicator can be found in front of the numerals £. A lot of major lodging places receive U.S. green bucks. There are also a lot of various ATM’s good for use to acquire some Egyptian currency.

Shopping

When buying souvenirs in Egypt, if you are at a market or buying things from a street vendor, bartering is absolutely OK; it is even encouraged. The reason for this is that price ranges are usually marked up for tourists. Egypt’s products are considered to be very fairly priced and depending on the kinds of lodging places which you wish to stay into, you are capable of getting by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.

No matter what you love to shop for, regardless of whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Whether you are in the market for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely options for you to buy when you do traveling in Egypt. There are lots of souvenirs and items available for shoppers in Egypt. There are also a huge number of designer label stores available to visitors at most of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.

Weather

One cannot shop if there’s no excellent weather, right? Normally, winters are relatively temperate and summers are naturally) hot and quite dry. The best part? You will pretty much not bring your raincoat as it hardly rains.

Ramadan

True to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is an important Muslim holiday. During Ramadan, Muslims fast daily, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would greatly appreciated when visitors do not eat, consume liquid or smoke a cigarette in public.

Locations Worth Checking Out

Deserts Galore

It has been said that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the areas around the Nile are quite fertile and favorable to the growth of crops. When planning to do traveling in Egypt, it is essential to understand that Egypt, in its entirety, is not fertile. As a matter of fact, Egypt is made up of 95% desert and is a continuation of the Sahara Desert.

Do not be deterred, however, since the desert land is actually spectacular in itself and its vastness may in fact overwhelm you when you are able to see it in person.

Fun fact: The Desert is one of the cleanest places you would actually go to. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it may be used as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free. 

Quite a few people go on desert tours once they do traveling in Egypt. Desert tours are obtainable in different increments-

– short guided tours, which can last for 3 days

– long tours, which can last anywhere between 4 days to a full week

– and Desert excursions. Desert excursions are your very best bet if you are interested in enjoying all that the desert has. These can last anywhere between 10 to 21 days. 

And there is plenty to discover in the desert such as sand dunes- perfect for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.

By Sea

One can go to Egypt by land and also by sea! No traveling in Egypt is complete if you don’t check out the sea…and there are countless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, crystal clear water and an incredible coral reef for you to see. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of sea creatures under the sea to discover including: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish among others! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 different known varieties of sharks which may be observed in the Red Sea.

Oases

Situated in then distant regions of Egypt, there are seven oases in the Western Desert Land that is possible to choose to go to when you do traveling in Egypt. An oasis is a confined region in the desert area where you can find vegetation, which is able to exist due to the oasis’ proximity to a water source (either a spring or other source of water). An oasis might be inhabited by animals and in the case of the Egytian oases, people.

These oases include:

–         Siwa Oasis

–         Bahariya Oasis

–         Karga Oasis

–         Dakhla Oasis and

–         Farafra Oasis

Luxor

Once you do traveling in Egypt, you will absolutely want to go to Lexor. Populated by over 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and other pieces of Egyptian history.

Squeezing all there is to know concerning Egypt into one piece is pretty much impossible. Do your research, choose a time to visit and Go! You will surely not be disappointed.

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