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Egypt is clearly NOT a shopping paradise. As soon as you are walking anywhere where shops are crowds of touts will try to talk to you in every language they suspect it might be yours. The best is just to ignore everything and pass the shops as fast as you can and enter a shop only if you are 250 % sure that you want to buy a clearly defined item. You will hear an absolute utopic price for it. Make your offer about 50 to 80 % below that what you are willing to pay. Ignore every tea or something what might be offered to you and just discuss about the price. If you dont get your item for that what you are ready to pay just leave the shop - there are more than enough others. And if you leave the place and even Egypt without having bought anything - dont worry, you did not miss anything. Maybe the only thing you might really need to buy is a bottle of a drink. Be sure to pay a multiple for it compared to that what locals pay.
It does not help too much if you go to any sorts supermarket where you pick the items yourself from the shelf and put it into the basket - at the end they will sum up fantastic prices. It is a good idea to learn the Arabic figures to be able at least to read the price if there is any written. They will be shocked that you can read it and maybe argue that it is the price of last week/month/year and they only forgot to change the label...
And if you are asked where you are from just dont answer the right. It might be best to say that you are Romanian because the Romanians are known here to have not much money and are rather unwilling to pay the high prices.... Maybe you hear then: I make a good price for you, Dracula, you are my friend...
What to buy: Sparkling mineral water in bottles with unbroken seal.
What to pay: always too much, whatever you pay.
Updated Jul 25, 2008
This is one of the classiest shops in Hurghada, located on the on the Promenade at the strip of resort hotels. This shop is more like a one-of-a-kind art gallery. The items here are from all over Egypt and beyond. Morgana Gallery is more than just an average gift shop. The owner, Mr. Mohamed Abd Elgawad is an honest and kind man. He has has regular clients that come in from all over the world when on holiday in Hurghada. Shoppers come in to check out his new and everchanging high-quality inventory. This gallery is not a hard sell shop you may find in the market. The staff is friendly and courteous. Everytime I stop by here I always have to make extra room in my suitcase for the items that I buy. If you are ever in Hurghada, stop in.
What to buy: Wooden carvings, wall hangings and lamps. My favorite gift to buy is the wooden giraffe carvings
What to pay: 15-30 USD and up but well worth it! (or you may be able to bargain)
Updated Jul 23, 2008
Address: Village Road-Hurghada, Egypt
Shop owners are such story-tellers! They will tell you anything just to keep you entertained so that you actually buy something in their shop. I remember my first shopping in Hurghada. It was a parfume shop, and we entered not because we wanted to but because at that time we didn't quite know how to refuse. We thought we would just have a look round and leave, but the owner seated us on that incredibly comfortable sofa and started to spin yarn; he was talking about the parfumes, letting us smell and test them on our skin; he asked us questions, about our names, our country, our impressions of Egypt; then he would serve tea and start talking about himself, and our eyes opened wider and wider as he talked abour his wives, his travels, his university diplomas, etc. We were spellbound, we actually believed every single word. The guy won our hearts. And of course we did buy some parfume. It was only after a few stories like this that doubts began to set in. We started to take everything in with a grain of salt but still found it hard to distinguish between a story and the truth.
Written Aug 26, 2007
Ordinary at the first sight. Choice of 'stones' is quite fine, and guy owning the place, Murad, can give you very good prices if you talk to him nicely and show friendship mood and respect.
What to buy: necklaces
earrings(watch the weight if you go for the stones here)
What to pay: wooah
from 3Eur to 100 or so
Updated Sep 29, 2006
Address: Inside Regina Hotel (you pass the reception)
Excellent choice of simple and fansy silver (and gold) jewelery. Nice stuff.
Stuff is experienced in selling, so you have to be in the good mood for bargaining.
Whatever tgey tell you you can go 1/3 lower, or even more (at least my experience)
What to buy: silver jewelery
What to pay: depending on the weight of stuff, is it hand made...etc
Updated Sep 29, 2006
Address: Segal Sheraton Road
Many shops like this can be found one next to the another in Hurghada - they sell souvenirs, clothes, jewellry, perfumes, shoes, various items and stuff popular among tourists. Shopkeepers are very friendly and they will offer you a shisha to smoke with them or a tea and treat you like their best friend!
Bargain is inevitable of course! It's an insult for them if you don't do it. :)
What to buy: whatever your heart desires
Updated Jun 14, 2006
There are many local shops in the souq area in Ad-Dahar. At the time I was here (end April 2006), there were very few people and tourists. Not sure it was due to the bomb blast in Dabah on 25 April 2006. Look at those antiques and there should have something for you. Happy shopping.
Written May 28, 2006
When I was there at end April 2006, the street in the souq was virutally empty. Why? I have no idea. The business may be affected by the dahab bomb blast on 25 April 2006, or may be it is low season.
I passed by some lighting shops and they are so impressive when all those lamps, lights were on. It is a good place to shop. I didnt ask for the price of any lights, so I dont know how much the lamps are.
Updated May 13, 2006
If you booked with a touroperator they guide you to the museum of Papyrus.
There you can buy authentic Papyrus. They also show you how they made it.
It's with a special authentic stamp at the back of it.
What to buy: We bought 2 nice Papyrus (see pictures below):
The first one is in special brown Papyrus with nice colours, and something different
The second one shows the reincarnation belief of the Egyptians
For a small one you pay around €20, a bigger one around €35.
The Papyrus Museums walls are decorated with lots of examples with number on it.
You can fill in the number on a piece of paper that you receive and downstairs you can pay for it. It's packed in a special cylinder for protection.
Written Jan 8, 2006
First thing : they claim to be real (alabast stone) but they are 90% fake!
Even 'registered shops' don't thrust anyone!
Pay €5 for a small statue, €10 for a bigger (30cm) and €20 max.for 50cm biggest ones.
Don't pay more, wait, discuss or leave the shops, it's all fake and very breakable stone.
There are also children that sell some statues, but it's from a very cheap craft, painted in black with shoe-cream!!! Don't buy them.
Written Jan 8, 2006
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