All the Things You Should Know Before You Do Traveling in Egypt



Egypt is a wonderful land; land of the pyramids, pharaohs, the Nile River, minarets and the foremost powerful, well-known civilizations. It is virtually impossible to believe that you can see everything it has to offer when you do traveling in Egypt; but it is definitely worth a try.

The formal name of Egypt is the Arab Republic of Egypt. This wonderful nation is located in north-eastern Africa and is bordered by Jordan, Libya, Israel, Sudan and the Gaza Strip. Its biggest city and capital is Cairo. Egypt borders almost 997,000 square kilometers of the African continent and has over 81 million inhabitants.

Getting There

Going to Egypt is quite easy. A large component of their economy is tourism and making it hard to enter the country may certainly have an effect on their tourism. Probable visitors that are thinking of traveling in Egypt must understand that visas can be obtained upon arrival at the airport or bank office. 

Language

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

Egyptians are known for their curiosity of foreign languages. There are many Egyptians that communicate in English in addition to Arabic. Also, owing to the overwhelming number of visitors that appear in Egypt from Europe, you may find out that quite a few Egyptians also converse in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Russian has also become an increasingly popular language to learn because, again, there are a large number of Russian tourists going to Egypt- especially 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 written in numbers, the Egyptian pound sign can be found ahead of the numerals £. A lot of major lodging places accept U.S. dollars. There are also a large number of ATM’s available for use to acquire some Egyptian money.

Shopping

When buying stuff in Egypt, if you are at a market or buying goods from a street vendor, bartering is completely OK; it is even encouraged. The reason for this is that charges are usually marked up for tourists. Egypt’s products are considered to be really fairly priced and depending on the kinds of lodging places 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, whether it be souvenirs or trinkets… Whether you are in the marketplace for bargains or higher-end merchandise- there is surely options for you to buy once you do traveling in Egypt. There are lots of souvenirs and items obtainable for visitors in Egypt. There are also a large variety of designer shops 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? Normally, winters are relatively temperate and summers are of course) hot and quite dry. The best part? You will almost not bring your raincoat as it barely rains.

Ramadan

Obedient to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a essential Muslim holiday. Throughout this time, Muslims fast daily, for 30 days. Even if you may not be a Muslim yourself, it would greatly appreciated if tourists do not eat, consume liquid or smoke cigarettes in public.

Areas Worth Checking Out

Deserts Galore

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

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

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

Quite a few tourists go on desert tours when they do traveling in Egypt. Guided desert tours are available in various increments-

- quick 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 the best bet if you are into enjoying all that the desert has to offer. These can last anywhere between 10 to 21 days. 

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

By Sea

You can take Egypt by land and also by sea! No traveling in Egypt is complete if you don’t check out the sea…and there are endless possibilities! The Red Sea has beautiful, crystal clear water and an wonderful coral reef for you to discover. 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 and more! Oh and yes, there are sharks too! There are 44 various documented varieties of sharks that can be seen in the Red Sea.

Oases

Located in then distant regions of Egypt, there are 7 oases in the Western Desert Land which one can choose to check out once you do traveling in Egypt. An oasis is a confined region in the desert area where there is vegetation, that is able to exist due to the oasis’ proximity to a water supply (either a spring or other source of water). An oasis can be inhabited by animals and in the case of the Egytian oases, humans.

These oases include:

-         Siwa Oasis

-         Bahariya Oasis

-         Karga Oasis

-         Dakhla Oasis and

-         Farafra Oasis

Luxor

Once you do traveling in Egypt, you will definitely need to stop by at 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 about 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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