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Cairo during Ramadan

by CommandZed


I'm going to be traveling for a couple of days in Cairo during August. It being Ramadan, I understand that many shops, restaurants and public transportation may be unavailable during the daytime.

Does anyone have any advice or recommendations on how to move about the city, eat out and explore with these restrictions? Will it be necessary to stockpile snacks for the day until the city awakens after sunset?

Thanks for your help :)

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by TheLongTone

I haven't experienced Cairo during ramadan, so this is conjectural. I wouldn't worry unduly, the city won't grind to a total standstll. There is, after all, a substntial Coptic Christian minority. You don't need to worry about buses: you'd have to be very hardened to use Cairo buses. Very crowded and they don't appear to use bus stops: they just slow down a bit. Taxis will still be about.

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by vdoortje

When Egyptians can earn money they will be open to earn money!! Ramadan or not! They will just not eat or drink or smoke.

And they would respect you if you honour them for that efford and not bring them into temptation by eating, drinking or smoking in front of them.

Most restaurants orientated on tourists will be open.

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by CommandZed

Thank you both very much for the info :)

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by allan2010


I traveled in Egypt during Ramadan two years ago and it was a little challenging at first. I then met with a registered tour guide named Abdo. Seeing as he was Muslim himself, he was a great help and it didn't even feel like I was restricted. He was a smart young man who knew his country and its history.

I have his contact details for you here:
Abdo El Lahamy e:mail abdo_eljoker@yahoo.com celphone:002-012-198-4431

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by marimar_72

I will be here in Cairo this Ramadan too.
i'm sure you will find some places to dine.
( for sure at hotels).
but do take care of what you wear by day time..
Ramadan is about refraining from food as well as any sexual contact from sun rise to sun set..so make sure your clothes is modest and not revealing.
This Ramadan the sunset will be around 8 PM.
P.S. Ramadan breakfast is a feast..so prepare yourself if you will join any of your Muslim friends..by eating very little at day time.
best wishes.

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by al2401

As LongTone says there are quite a few Coptic Christians in Egypt so they will still be operating their businesses. These are the guys who are allowed to serve you alcohol. As Dora says, many business will still be open but the owners will keep to the fasting rules. It is respectful not to eat or drink in front of them. Some government offices may have restricted hours but this shouldn't concern you.

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by uglyscot

Groceries still sell food and drinks during Ramadan. So there's no need to worry. It is just where to find a discreet place to eat if not in your hotel.

Re: Cairo during Ramadan

by uglyscot

Groceries still sell food and drinks during Ramadan. So there's no need to worry. It is just where to find a discreet place to eat if not in your hotel.

Travel Tips for Cairo


by CandS

While we were in Egypt the Muslim community were in the middle of Ramadan. We had heard that it could cause problems with our tour or that we may not get to eat because of Ramadan but really we didn't have any problems at all because of it.

The locals did seem to go a bit crazy around 4:30 - 5:30 pm when they ALL seemed to be on the road travelling home or to where ever they would eat their "break-fast" but it didn't affect us too much. We also found a lot of locals eating in the streets and enjoying each others company. It was nice to see!

A couple of nights we also joined our tour guide (a local Egyptian) for his "break-fast" meal... :)

Relax and take it as it is....

by Katinka_D

Relax and take it as it is.
Once you are used to it - you'll love it.

P.S.Try to learn some words in Arabic before you go. It's very difficult because there were millions of them.
But for example: a trip to my friend's villa in the desert, night horseriding around the piramids, a threedays trip by bike around Sinai...

the city of dust

by aalayaa

people called cairo the city of dust, it is because of its location surrounded by desert.
you can see the buildings are dusty because it's too expensive to clean it, so they just leave it like that.

Great Pyramid of Giza

by Sharrie

See the GREAT PYRAMID OF GIZA & SPHINX (considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of the World!). Without doubt this is the centerpiece of Cairo & focal point of anyone's journey to Egypt. The marvelous thing about the Great Pyramid is not so much the look of the structure but the very fact it was built manually & the unexplainable architectural techniques of this ancient wonder.

Food for thoughts: How did the Egyptians moved 3 million cubes of stones each weighing at least 2 tons & installed in a structure almost 150 meters high?

Traffic lights - what are they for?

by uglyscot

Trying to cross the road in Cairo is a death trap. Drivers take no notice of zebra crossings, traffic lights or pedestrians. You can wait half an hour or more to cross some of the larger streets like Dawlat el Gamhouriya.
Sometimes it is easier to take a taxi for 3Epounds to drive you round to the other side of the road.


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