Egyptians are very friendly and welcoming. You may find that people approach you to ask you where you are from or to recommend places for you to go.
While Arabic is the primary language in Egypt, you will find that most people speak English as well.
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.
If you are a light sleeper, then definitely bring your earplugs and sleep masks, as Cairo can get quite noisy.
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 be familiar with your destination, and make sure you carry a charged phone programmed with useful numbers, like your hotel, local colleagues, etc.
Always carry your sunscreen, do not stand under the sun for extended hours, and make sure to stay hydrated.
Though tap water is potable, it is advised to buy bottled water.
As it is very hot during the summer, it is advisable to always pack a scarf, tissues, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and water.
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.
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 ElGouna.
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.
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.