Things To Do In Egypt

One of the oldest tourist destinations in the world, Egypt is renowned for its stunning history and world-famous ancient sites. The legendary national treasures have been wowing the crowds for centuries. Egypt promises everything from world-famous historical sites to sunny laid-back beach resorts.

Egypt is known for its unique geographical location, and for thousands of years, it has cradled several civilizations. From ancient Egyptian to Ptolemaic and Roman dynasties, the monuments and remains of each civilization live to tell amazing stories, explaining the complex nature of the current Egyptian culture.

This year, Fab15 will take you across the diverse, vibrant Egyptian culture and breathtaking nature. From the old rich city of Cairo to the modern coastal city of nature and beauty, El Gouna, you will have the chance to stand within history, live through different eras, and enjoy warm, sandy beaches.

There is so much to do in Egypt; with magical Arabian nights under the stars, pedestrian bazaar streets and markets, world renowned antiquities and UN world heritage sites, felucca rides and cruises on the River Nile, diving and exploring the coral reefs of the Red Sea. And let’s not forget the mouthwatering cuisine, from falafel and kebabs to local vegetables and rice, all the way to the traditional dishes like koshary and feteer.

Whether you are a nature traveler, an archaeology buff, or a history enthusiast, in Egypt, you will certainly find what you are looking for!

Here are some places and activities you can choose from during your visit to Egypt

Weather in Egypt

We are going to do our best to keep our conference spaces cool. August is hot in Egypt. The average temperature reaches a high of 35°C to 38°C (95°F to 100°F) during the day and at night, it is a low of 22°C to 28°C (72°F to 84°F).

General Tips

- Cairo is a bustling, chaotic city with a large population that rarely ever sleeps. You will generally find shops, coffee and food places open well into the night.

- Egyptians are very friendly and welcoming, so expect people to approach you: asking where you are from or for a picture, or recommend places for you to go.

- The most commonly spoken language among Egyptians you can use to communicate is English. Though tap water is potable, it is advised to buy bottled water.

- It is not advised that you rent a car for your trips; driving requires being familiar with the Egyptian streets and traffic. Instead, you can rely on location-based ride-hailing service apps.

- Always carry your sunscreen, do not stand under the sun for extended hours, and make sure to stay hydrated. Credit and debit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and stores, but always make sure to carry a sum of cash in local-currency at all times.

- As it is very hot during the summer, it is advisable to always pack a scarf, tissues, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and water. Tipping is expected in Egypt for pretty much everything, but it is not mandatory.

- During your visit to Cairo, it is preferable for women to dress modestly for the city and any monumental mosque visits. Shorts, short dresses and beachwear are culturally acceptable around coastal cities and resorts, such as El Gouna.

- Drinking in city streets can encourage public disapproval – unlike in coastal cities and resorts. Therefore, it is only advised to drink in restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels, etc.

- Always be familiar with your destination, and make sure you carry a charged phone programmed with useful numbers, like your hotel, local colleagues, etc.

- If you are a light sleeper, then definitely bring your earplugs and sleep masks, as Cairo can get quite noisy.

- you can take photos in the streets and at sites (sometimes for a fee). However, there are governmental sites where it is prohibited to take photos.

- If you get sick, or need to consult a doctor, try the main hospitals like El Salam Hospital, Dar El Fouad, New Kasr El Eini, and many others. They have 24-hour clinics for emergencies, and they have good professional doctors.

- If you have any inquiry or need any help; do not hesitate to seek assistance from our volunteers; they are always ready and glad to be of assistance.

Security Precautions

Though Egypt has always been an extremely safe destination, with the number of isolated incidents as of late, we are taking additional security measures during Fab15 to ensure that everyone is safe. In addition to the national tourist police forces, a security company will be on-board to secure the conference at all times. Moreover, our team of local volunteers will be available to help you navigate different areas of interest you would like to visit whether as part of a group or alone!

We are also recommending the below tips as safety precautions.

- In Egypt, search points, policemen, and metal detectors are common to be found on the streets, inside hotels, and at historical or touristic sites – they are there for your safety.

-There is not a large prevalence of violent crimes in Cairo, but tourists should be aware of petty crimes, such as purse-snatchings, which are more common.

- It is recommended that tourists who are women should not travel anywhere alone as they may become victims of verbal abuse or sexual harassment.

- Be aware of people who approach you on the street and try to take you shopping to areas or places that you do not know. Stick to shops recommended by others, or choose them on your own.

- Also, be aware of your surroundings if you have to cross the streets in Cairo. Traffic is not as it is in Europe or North America, as cars don’t always stop for pedestrians. Try to be patient and wait until there are no cars before crossing.