A complicated but fascinating country with some of the most enduring historical monuments on Earth, Egypt stands as an unforgettable travel destination. It’s had to deal with its fair share of turmoil in recent times, but this North African nation remains proud, welcoming and accessible. And with treasures as timeless as the temples and pyramids of the Nile to shout about, it’s not somewhere that’s going to slip from public consciousness any time soon. A trip here still very much has the potential to thrill.
At a glance
Dialing code: +20
ISO code: EGY
Currency: Egyptian pound
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Admire Alexandria, Discover the Valley of the Kings, Dive the Red Sea, Experience Islamic Cairo, Explore the temples at Luxor, Get lost in Khan-el Khalili bazaar, Go on pilgrimage to Mount Sinai, Kick back in Aswan, Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza, Play a round of golf, Relax at Siwa Oasis, Snorkel in Sharm el-Sheik, Take in the Old Kingdom at Saqqara and Dahshur, Take to the Nile, Traverse the Suez Canal, Wander the Abu Simbel temples.
Did you know
An Egyptian father named his newborn daughter “Facebook” to commemorate the role Facebook played in the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Her full name is Facebook Jamal Ibrahim.
Fly swatters made from giraffe tails were a popular fashion item in ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egyptians believed the tears of the goddess Isis made the Nile overflow each year. They celebrated the flood with a festival called the “Night of the Tear Drop.
Toilets were also included in some ancient Egyptian tombs.
Some people blamed the sinking of the Titanic on a mummified Egyptian priestess the doomed ship was transporting.
The oldest dress in the world comes from Egypt. It is 5,000 years old.
Best time to go
Low Season (Jun–Aug)
Scorching summer sun means only the hardiest sightseers visit Upper Egypt. Avoid the Western Desert. High season on the Mediterranean coast.
Shoulder (Mar–May, Sep–Oct)
Spring brings occasional dust storms disrupting flights. Heat can extend into October, when crowds are lighter. Warm seas and no crowds at Mediterranean spots in autumn.
High Season (Oct–Feb)
Egypt’s ‘winter’ is largely sunny and warm, with very occasional rain (more frequent on the Mediterranean). Be prepared for real chill in unheated hotels, especially in damp Alexandria.
Sinai Liberation Day (April)
Abu Simbel Sun Festival (August)
The Pharaons International Cross Country Rally (Sept – Oct)
Cross Egypt Challenge (October)
Money & Costs
Egyptian Pound or ginee (LE; symbol E£) = 100 piastres. Notes are in denominations of E£200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 50 piastres and 25 piastres.
1 AED =4.80 E£
Egypt tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
Egyptian Consulate in Dubai :
Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road,Ummu Hurair 1,Consulate Area,Bur Dubai, Tel : +971 4 397 1122
Egyptian Embassy in Abu Dhabi :
Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Street (Old Airport Road) – Abu Dhabi, Tel : +971 2 444 5566
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