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Forum Posts

sound n light show at the pyramida

by mansi_dh

hi.Iwant to know what time does this sound n light show starts in the evening.I am visiting oyramids on the last day of Cairo and my flight is in the night at 11 PM.Can I manage to see this show n get to my flight also on time?

Re: sound n light show at the pyramida

by KakapoTheParrot

It varies from day to day because it's done in different languages at different times. As I recall it changes between winter and summer too. So you'd need to tell us which language you want it in and which date you want to attend.

To make an outward flight at 11:00 pm. I think you'd need to be leaving by 07:00 pm or just a bit later. That would assume you have your luggage either with you or you are able to pick it up easily on your way to the airport.

This site shows the various times:

Whether you can make the 06:30 p.m. show is your decision. What I would say is that you do get out quickly as the next show starts promptly.

Re: sound n light show at the pyramida

by hcosgrave

I don't think you can make it either - just one minor traffic jam and you miss your plane.
If you go another night please remember that it can get very, very cold while you are at the show - despite very high daytime temperatures.

Re: sound n light show at the pyramida

by al2401

The show is worth seeing but try to do it another night as you won't have time to get to the airport.

Travel Tips for Cairo

Car crashes

by vesna04

This is, at least to me, quite an interesting story.

Here it is how the police judge who is guilty when traffic accidents happen. The owner of the better car always wins!

If involved cars are equally bad, the winner is the owner who gets to the police first!

Interesting !!!

Great sights

by VernonA

The busyness, the activity, the friendliness of the people, The so muchness of the so many things to see and do, the inexpensiveness and value for your money. The people, the difference of culture, the lack of society contraints, at least for some of us. I think for me, Egypt is a place that frees the mind.

Coptic Cairo - Masr al-Qadima

by call_me_rhia

Coptic Cairo - also called Masr al-Qadima - is the oldest part of Cairo, and it's a walled area - like a compound. Access is from the Subway station of Mar Girgis.

it was settled as far back as 600 BC - and it's also the place where the Romans built a fortress called "Babylon". When Christianity was introduced to Egypt, this area became it's stronghold - and it still is. There is so much to see in this little area: many amazing churches like Mar Girgis and the Hanging Church (just to name the most important ones), old fortress walls, and even a synogogue.

Official "sights" aside, the best part of Coptic Cairo are the dusty narrow little lanes, the amazing architecture and its "abandoned" feeling. However the area is far from abandoned: it's just that life happens inside the walls and in the courtyards. they can't be seen, but they can be heard: chickens, goats...

Islamic Cairo, walk from el Azhar to the Citadel

by sachara

From Khan El Kahlili we walked to the Citadel.
This area was very scenic. It looked as if nothing had changed here for centuries.
We saw beautiful medieval decorated facades, wooden bay windows and arches.
We saw donkey carts, but also pickups.
The only way to experience this area is to have a walk and look.

Dealing with egyptian

by MirrorCrax

There are no specific marginal offensive protocols or gestures that you make that will get people to turn aggressive on you, other than that regarded as having good manners globally, saying thank you and please, sincerity, appreciation and understanding, however i may give you a few pointers that would help you win hearts easier:

1. "Shokran" is thank you in arabic, using egyptian language lightens any situation and gives you good grounds with any egyptian you deal with, as long as you don't carried away and turn it into an arabic lesson

2. It is customary to hear people saying "insha allah" after every statment that carries some sort of an intention to do something or is in the future, it means with god's will, if you don't believe in god just nod for understanding if a response is required, which won't be in many cases

3. Being invited to one's house:
It is customary to bring a gift over when you're invited to one's house, depending on the social level of the people you're visiting, your gift maybe local pastry, or chocolate which will do in most cases, flowers are ok, yet not very appreciated, except between couples, bringing toys for the kids is a nice gesture if they're on a lower social level.
When you're introduced to children it is nice to complement the parents on how well behaved, well dressed, good looking their kids are, and if its a child, usually its ok to hold him and play with him, the parents may insist at times.
try to go to dinners and lunches in people's homes on an empty light stomache, people may get offended if they offer you food and you resist too much, if you're a vegeterian tell them before hand to avoid embarrassing situations.

4. Helpful strangers: responding to helpful strangers is a science, a lot of them maybe scam artisits, and they're everywhere, so be tactful, polite yet firm, say thank you and look away

5. Respect your host and your host shall respect you.


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