Dress Codes for Women, Cairo

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    Confusion with dress codes for women

    by Mongy Written Mar 16, 2003

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    Most of the foreigners get completely confused about the different ways Egyptians dress, Especially females in Cairo.

    There are 4 Cases:
    Case 1: Long dress in popular areas.
    -In the streets of popular areas and some touristic areas, most of the women are either veiled or wearing long clothes even in summer.
    Well simple wear long clothes.

    Case 2: Long dress in modern areas.
    -In the streets of some other areas you will find women wearing either trousers or long dresses.
    Wear the same, as long as it is light dress during summer because it is hot.

    Case 3: Whatever you want in the evening.
    -In some other areas, and the hang outs in the evening, you will find many sleeveless and "soiree" dresses.
    Well simple as well, you can wear whatever you want in these places.

    Case 4: Whatever you want in the morning.
    -In the hotels, day use places, you normally find people wearing shorts, light T-shirts and so on. Also in many areas where many foreigners and modern class Egyptians are living.

    By the way outside Cairo in the Meditteranean sea and red sea, the dress code is very natural and no need to worry much about it... Come on it is sun, sand and sea, No compromise on that;)
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    Which areas in Cairo That are compatible to each of the four previaopusly mentioned cases:

    -Case 1: Long dress in popular and touristic areas.
    Areas of: Old Islamic Cairo, Old Coptic Cairo, The Pyramids, Shoubra, Downtown (Tahrir Square), Attaba, Ramsis, Fagala, Azhar, Sayeda Zeinab, Dead city , Imbaba+ Any other area you did not hear about (Just in case, in order to respect local sensitivities)

    -Case 2: Long dress in modern areas.
    Areas of: Mohandeseen, Agouza, Giza, Dokki, Nasr City, around the trade center of Cairo.

    -Case 3: Whatever you want in the evening.
    Areas: All evening spots (Pubns, Bars, Discos and some hang out cafes)

    Case 4: Whatever you want in the morning.
    Areas: Zamalek, Maadi, Heliopolis, Garden city, Setta October and some parts of Mohandeseen and Dokki.

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    • Women's Travel

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    You are not going to the beach 2

    by Prasnjavi Updated Mar 30, 2004

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    Same. If you want to enter in Coptic church and you re not dressed properly, you wil get, this ime white, rag to cover yourself. It is better to take somethin with lon arms with you.

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    You are not going to the beach 1

    by Prasnjavi Updated Mar 30, 2004

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    You have to be dressed properly if you want to enter in the mosque. No short skirts. No bermudas. Otherwise, you will get this green rag to cover yourself.

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    Dec 11, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    I lived in Egypt for 6 years. i am European and wear long skirts, t-shirts and have a headscarf round my neck, in case I need to use it. I have never faced any harrassment, and found people respected me if they wanted me to buy things from them. All I did was say Laa shukron and walk on.

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