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Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by xsweety

After reading lots of posts on this I've got to know that knees and shoulders shouldnt be exposed and good to carry a scarf. I'm planning to take full pants / jeans and 3/4th capris. but how about evening wear and night time?

They say when you go out egyptian women dress up? what exactly does that mean.. can i wear dresses and skirts? assuming only long again?

Also I'm taking curise from Aswan to Luxor for 3 nights - evening wear recomendatios there? what will "formal" mean in egypt for women.

Later im going Hurghada - assume here it will be relaxed and i can get in shorts and strppy tops?

Please suggest.

Re: Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by al2401

I did a Nile cruise and wasn't aware of any particular dressing up in the evening even on a 5* boat. I put on a nice skirt (below knee) and top. My friend showed a bit of cleavage and our guide suggested that it was a bit much.

Yes, things in Hurghada are a bit more relaxed but you will find that it is only in the resorts and hotels that you can wear bikinis and strappy tops. Outside in the general public it is wise to dress respectfully.

Re: Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by al2401

Hi, I have taken a Nile cruise and wasn't aware of any particular dressing up in the evenings (on a 5* boat). I wore a nice skirt (below knee) and top. My friend showed a bit of cleavage and our guide suggested very politley that it may be a bit much.

Yes, Hurghada is a lot more relaxed and you can wear bikinis and strappy tops in the resorts and hotels. I would still recommend more conservative dress when out in public.

Re: Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by al2401

Sorry - my first reply didn't seem to register!

Re: Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by coco18530

When I was on the Nile cruise, no one dressed formally for dinner. A skirt and a nice top were fine and khakis and a shirt were fine for the men. During the day, on our boat, it was okay to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts, or a bathing suit if you were swimming.
In Cairo,if you want to dress up for the evening, dresses and skirts that go below the knees would be fine. Although I never went to any restaurants that were that fancy. At the places I went to trousers and a top are acceptable.


Re: Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by NilePrincess

I agree with the above posts. In Hurghada you will see it all and then some. It's really up to you if you want to dress more respectfully. Have a great time.

Women attire around Egypt

by madamh

I think the local people would welcome women tourists dressed respectfully if you walk through their community There is more acceptance of modern western fashions I have visited Sinai and Luxor five times Keep clothing light and loose and a cotton shirt or scarf to cover up is useful when out of the resorts Buy lovely ones when you get there and be shown how to tie them and made to feel a real Egyptian! Enjoy your visit

Re: Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by tamerelserafi

Any dress is accepted ... most of Egyptian Women are fully dressed up due to religious aspects... in cruise you don't need formal dresses ... don't hesitate to ask more questions

Re: Women attire in Cairo & Egypt

by xsweety

i'm back from my vacation and the tips really helped thanks!! :-)

yes, cairo was ok as long as dressed fully and scarf was a must.

Travel Tips for Cairo

Taxi from Airplane in Cairo to Alexandria

by Capisco

Train is better than Taxi and much cheaper working daily on the root from Cairo to Alexandria but there are different types of trains .
For example you can take a train and stay 3 hours and you can take another train which is the direct one which will be just 2 Hours
IF you want the time of the Direct train from Cairo To Alexandria just let me know .
But take care That you might not find a place in the train as it might be fully booked so i recommend have your tickets in Advance.
You/I can arrange a Cheap private Taxi for you with a driver to wait you in the airport and get you here to Alexandria.
By the way i live in Alexandria since I was born so if you want anything while in Alexandria just say Karim ;) The Pyramids
Cairo Tower
Mohamed Ali Citadel
Azahar Park
Khan EL Khalili
City Ctars (The biggest mall in Egypt)

I Felt Safe the Whole Time!

by saraheg77

I know lots of people may be wondering if it's safe to go to Egypt. It is! I went in May '04 and felt very safe the whole time. The Egyptian people love tourists to come and spend their money in the country! Plus, we had a tour of about 30 and we had guards with us at all times. Also, Egypt has a whole Tourist Police force (they wear the white uniforms). They are very concerned with keeping their tourists safe and making them feel safe, so don't worry! :)

History of Cairo

by miman

Just to the south of the modern city's location are the ruins of Memphis, which was the capital of Ancient Egypt and was founded in around 3100 BC by Menes of Tanis after he had united the two kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt. The first settlement on the location of modern Cairo was a Roman fort, known as Babylon Fort, built about AD 150, built near the settlement known as Babylon-in-Egypt. A small town mostly of Coptic Christians slowly grew around the fort. Arab invaders, lead by Amr Ibn-el-As, took the fort town in 642 and also established their army in the location, rebuilding its defenses. The settlement grew into a small city. The North African Shiite Fatimid Dynasty conquered Egypt in 972 and built a new capital, Al-Mansureya, north of the old settlement. Their leader, Al-Muez Ledin-Ellah, renamed the city Al-Qahirah . The Al-Azhar mosque was founded the same year, and along with its accompanying university it made Cairo a centre of learning and philosophy. The school remains a major center for Islamic study today. The Seljuks captured Cairo in the mid 1100s, and Saladin and his successors expanded the city further, including the construction of its massive citadel. It is believed that Cairo was the largest city in the world from 1315 to 1348. But power was shifting from the Arab world north to the Turks and Europeans. The city was taken by the Ottoman Empire under Selim I in 1517, but in the 17th and 18th centuries the ruling Mameluks returned to power as nominal vassals to the Ottoman Sultan. Napoleon conquered Egypt in 1798, and Cairo was quickly surrendered to him by its Mameluk rulers. Napoleon left Egypt after his fleet was destroyed at the Battle of Aboukir Bay in August 1798, leaving General Kléber in charge. Kléber was assassinated in 1800 and the three-year French occupation had little lasting effect. Today, Greater Cairo encompasses various historic towns and modern districts into one of the largest metropoles in the world. A journey through Cairo is a virtual time travel: from the Pyramids, Saladin's Citadel, the Virgin Mary's Tree, the Sphinx, and Ancient Heliopolis, to Al-Azhar, the Mosque of Amr, Saqqara, the Hanging Church, and the Cairo Tower.She is the capital of Egypt, and indeed her history is carefully intertwinted with that of the country.

Smoke a shisha

by paradisedreamer

Well you can’t go to Egypt and not at least try a shisha. Prices vary from LE6 to LE12 depending on where you are. We liked the apple one best. It is very nice to sit down with a drink after dinner and a shisha to wind down after a long day of sightseeing.

The story of the red jug

by Tijavi

Admittedly, the constant hassling for baksheesh (tips) has made me cynical about the whole country. Yes, Egypt is a poor country (tell that to someone coming from another poor country like mine), but the way tourists were fleeced begs the question: can't poverty and dignity co-exist in Egypt?

Indeed, this is unfair, biased and dare I say condescending sentiment towards the whole country. One event made me realize I was completely wrong to think that way.

After a tiring walk around Khan el-Khalili, I found a perfect spot on a pavement to sit on and relax and watch the world pass by. Took out my camera and as I was trying to get a good angle of a sheesha (waterpipe) shop against a mosque, I noticed locals stopping by for a glass of cold, free water at a nearby shop, whose owners have placed a red jug for thirsty souls - without paying a piastre (local equivalent of cent).

The experience taught me a valuable lesson: never let negative sentiments overwhelm you to the point that you become blind to the goodness of others.


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