Important Things to Know When You Do Trips to Egypt

Egypt is a magical place; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile, minarets and the first powerful, well-known civilizations. It is almost impossible to think that you will see everything it has to present when you do trips to Egypt; but it is certainly worth a try.

The formal name of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This great 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 square kilometers of the African continent and has an estimated number of 81 million inhabitants.

Getting There

Going to Egypt is fairly easy. A substantial component of their economy is tourism and making it difficult to enter the region may surely affect their tourism. Possible guests who are thinking of trips to Egypt must know that visas may be obtained upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Dialect

The official language of Egypt is Arabic. Most 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 acknowledged form of Arabic is the Standard Arabic.

Egyptians are known for their curiosity of other languages. There are quite a few Egyptians that communicate in English in addition to Arabic. Additionally, owing to the overwhelming number of travelers who arrive in Egypt from Europe, you may find out that quite a few Egyptians also communicate in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also turned out to be an increasingly popular language to practice simply because, again, there are a big number of Russian travelers visiting Egypt- especially in Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.

Money

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

Shopping

When shopping in Egypt, if you are at a market or buying goods from a road vendor, bartering is absolutely OK; it is even encouraged. The reason for this is that price ranges are typically marked up for tourists. Egypt’s products are thought of to be very reasonably priced and depending on the types of accommodations which you wish 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, whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Regardless of whether you are in the market for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely something for you to buy once you do trips to Egypt. There are a great deal of souvenirs and goods available for shoppers in Egypt. There are also a huge variety of designer boutiques available to shoppers at some of the malls in Cairo. Some of these brands include Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Guess among others.

Weather

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

Ramadan

Obedient to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is an important Muslim holiday. Throughout this time, Muslims fast every day, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would very much appreciated when visitors do not eat, drink or smoke a cigarette in public.

Spots Worth Checking Out

Deserts Galore

It has been said that Egypt is a “gift of the Nile,” as the land encompassing the Nile are quite fertile and conducive to the growth of crops. Once you plan to do trips to Egypt, it is important 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 in fact remarkable 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 would actually visit. There are no bugs and the sand is so clean it may be applied as an antiseptic! The sand in the desert is clean and bacteria free. 

Quite a few people go on desert tours once they do trips to Egypt. Guided desert tours are obtainable in different increments-

– short tours, which can last up to 3 days

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

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

And there is a good number of things to discover 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 trips to Egypt is complete without checking out the sea…and there are endless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, clear water and an wonderful coral reef for you to discover. If you are into snorkeling, there is a plethora of animals under the sea to discover such as: putter fish, barracuda, tuna, unicorn fish, trunkfish among others! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 various documented species of sharks which might be observed in the Red Sea.

Oases

Situated in then remote regions of Egypt, there are seven oases in the Western Desert Land that one can choose to visit when you do trips to Egypt. An oasis is a confined region in the desert where there is vegetation, that is able to grow due to the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other supply of water). An oasis may 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

When you do trips to Egypt, you will certainly need to stop by at Lexor. Populated by around 480,000 people, Luxor is home to burial chambers, monuments and various items of Egyptian history.

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

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