Important Things to Know When You Do Traveling Egypt

Egypt is a magical place; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile, minarets and the first powerful, well-known civilizations. It is pretty much impossible to believe that you can see everything it has to present when you do traveling Egypt; but it is undoubtedly really worth a try.

The official name of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This fantastic country is located 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 very simple. A large aspect of their economic system is tourism and making it difficult to enter the country may definitely impact their tourism. Probable guests that are thinking of traveling Egypt should know that visas may be obtained upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Language

The formal language of Egypt is Arabic. A lot of natives, though, converse with what is referred to as “Egyptian Arabic”; Egyptian Arabic is the local dialect. However, in schools and in various formal settings, the accepted form of Arabic is the Regular Arabic.

Egyptians are famous for their curiosity of other languages. There are many Egyptians that converse in English in addition to Arabic. Additionally, owing to the overwhelming number of travelers who arrive in Egypt from Europe, you may discover that quite a few Egyptians also converse in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also turned out to be an increasingly popular language to learn because, again, there are a large number of Russian tourists going to Egypt- particularly in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Currency

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound, written as LE- which is an acronym for the French term “livre egyptienne” (Egyptian pound). When written in numbers, the Egyptian pound sign can be seen ahead of the numerals £. Many major lodging places accept U.S. dollars. There are also a lot of various ATM’s good for use to acquire some local currency.

Shopping

When buying souvenirs in Egypt, if you are at a market or buying items from a street vendor, bartering is completely OK; it is even encouraged. The reason for this is that costs are typically marked up for tourists. Egypt’s products are thought of to be very fairly priced and depending on the kinds of accommodations that you want to stay into, you may be able to get by in Egypt for just $20 USD per day.

No matter what you plan to shop for, regardless of whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Regardless of whether you are in the market for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely options for you to buy when you do traveling Egypt. There are plenty of souvenirs and goods obtainable for visitors in Egypt. There are also a large variety of designer stores available to visitors at some of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.

Climate

One cannot go around several places without good weather, right? In general, winters are quite temperate and summers are of course) hot and very dry. The best part? You will pretty much never bring your raincoat as it barely rains.

Ramadan

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

Spots to Visit

Deserts Galore

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

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

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

A lot of people go on desert tours once they do traveling Egypt. Desert tours are obtainable in various increments-

– brief tours, that can last until 3 days

– extended tours, that can last in between 4 days to a full week

– and Desert excursions. Desert excursions are the best bet if you are into checking out all that the desert has. These can last anywhere between 10 to 21 days. 

And there is a good number of things to enjoy in the desert such as sand dunes- perfect for sand sailing, sand surfing and going to caves.

By Sea

One can take Egypt by land and also by sea! No traveling Egypt is complete without checking out the sea…and there are countless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, crystal clear water and an remarkable coral reef for you to check out. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of fish under the sea to explore such as: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish and more! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 various documented varieties of sharks which might be seen in the Red Sea.

Oases

Situated in then distant areas of Egypt, there are 7 oases in the Western Desert Land which one can choose to check out when you do traveling Egypt. An oasis is a confined area in the desert area where you can find vegetation, which is able to grow because of the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other supply of water). An oasis can be inhabited by wildlife 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 Egypt, you would absolutely need to go to Lexor. Populated by around 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and other pieces of Egyptian history.

Squeezing all there is to understand about Egypt into one piece is virtually impossible. Do the research, choose a time to visit and Go! You will surely not be disappointed.

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