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Egypt

Name

The official name of Egypt is the 'Arab Republic of Egypt'


Capital

Cairo


Government type:

Presidential Republic


Population

83 million (UN, 2009)


Language

Arabic (official), English and French is widely understood in cities


People

99% of the population is Egyptian and rest would be Nubian, Armenian,

Visa

North Americans, Europeans, ocean Asian do not require prior visa clearance it can be stamped on arrival however most of the African and Asian countries do require prior visa clearance. Its advisable to apply to tourist visa beforehand to avoid long queues at entry points. Please note the passport should be valid for 6 months


Local Time

October March: GMT + 2 April September: GMT + 3


Communications

There are Internet cafes in the main cities, including Cairo, Alexandria, Dahab and Luxor. Tourists can also access the Internet in hotels.


Public Holidays

Banks, businesses, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays. Fixed public holidays include: Sinai Liberation Day (Sinai only) (25 Apr). Labour Day (1 May) National Day (23 Jul) Armed Forces Day (6 Oct) Grand Feast (16 Nov - 17 Nov) A number of public holidays are not fixed. These include Easter and the following Islamic Holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar


Electricity

220 AC volts, 50 Hz, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need a transformer which most hotels can provide.


Business Hours

Friday is the weekly holiday. Banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on Saturdays as well


Business Type

Banks 10:00 to 15:00 Business Offices 08:00 and 14:00 hours Government Offices 10:00 to 15:00 Shops generally open from 09:00am until 07:00-08:00 pm *most shops close on Fridays or Saturdays


Tipping

You'll soon note that tipping is part of the culture when you travel in Jordan, though you should also take into consideration that it is not compulsory and should only be given if good service is received


Attire

When your days program includes visits to mosques, churches or other sacred sites, modest attire is the most respectful


Weather

Jan-Mar Apr-June July-Sep Oct -Dec Alexandria 14 21 26 29 Aswan 22 33 30 23 Cairo 15 24 28 18 Hurghada 16 24 28 20


Telephone no

Ambulance 123 Fire Brigade 125 Police 122

Visa

North Americans, Europeans, ocean Asian do not require prior visa clearance it can be stamped on arrival however most of the African and Asian countries do require prior visa clearance. It’s advisable to apply to tourist visa beforehand to avoid long queues at entry points. Please note the passport should be valid for 6 months


Local Time

October – March: GMT + 2

April – September: GMT + 3


Communications

There are Internet cafes in the main cities, including Cairo, Alexandria, Dahab and Luxor. Tourists can also access the Internet in hotels.


Public Holidays

Banks, businesses, government offices and many shops close all day for public holidays.

Fixed public holidays include:

  • Sinai Liberation Day (Sinai only) (25 Apr).
  • Labour Day (1 May)
  • National Day (23 Jul)
  • Armed Forces Day (6 Oct)
  • Grand Feast (16 Nov - 17 Nov)


A number of public holidays are not fixed. These include Easter and the following Islamic Holidays, which are based on the lunar calendar


Electricity

220 AC volts, 50 Hz, requiring rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need a transformer which most hotels can provide.


Business Hours

Friday is the weekly holiday. Banks, government offices and most businesses are closed on Saturdays as well

Business Type

Business Hours

Banks

10:00 to 15:00

Business Offices

08:00 and 14:00 hours

Government Offices

10:00 to 15:00

Shops

generally open from 09:00am until 07:00-08:00 pm

*most shops close on Fridays or Saturdays


Tipping

You'll soon note that tipping is part of the culture when you travel in Jordan, though you should also take into consideration that it is not compulsory and should only be given if good service is received


Attire

When your day’s program includes visits to mosques, churches or other sacred sites, modest attire is the most respectful.


Weather

  Jan-Mar Apr-June July-Sep Oct -Dec
Alexandria 14 21 26 29
Aswan 22 33 30 23
Cairo 15 24 28 18
Hurghada 16 24 28 20

Telephone no

Ambulance 123

Fire Brigade 125

Police 122