Important Things To Know
The Egyptian Pound is used in Egypt.
The official language is Arabic. Egyptian Colloquial Arabic is the predominant dialect, also known as Masri. This is the common vernacular of the Egyptian people.
Because of its history as a British colony, English is widely spoken, particularly in tourist centers. We found that it was easy to find tour guides fluent in English.
Climate And Weather
The climate is dry and hot. Deserts dominate the landscapes. The winter season (November to January) is mild with coastal rainfall.
Summers are hot and dry, from May through September. Temperatures vary widely between the seasons, driven by the prevailing winds.
Egypt is a Muslim country. As such, tourists often wonder about a possible dress code when touring Egypt. It is best to abide by the conservative dress code of the locals. This is more applicable to women travelers. In Cairo especially, going bare-shouldered or bare-legged may be frowned upon.
While women tourists are not required to wear hijab or any other head covering, they will have to wear a headscarf if visiting a mosque while sightseeing.