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Cairo is a mesmerising metropolis that never fails to impress visitors. The city is alive 24/7 and offers a continuous source of contrasts that add to its millenary charm: the slow-paced lifestyle of Old Cairo co-exist with fancy high rises and luxury hotels; huge malls are never too far from labyrinthine bazaars; and Nile river cruises are as popular as donkey cart rides.

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Why visit Cairo?

  • Egypt is a cradle of civilisation and has a rich history that spans thousands of years!
  • Cairo offers excellent value for money on accommodation – check the latest deals on Travelstart!
  • The city boasts a variety of unique urban and natural landscapes!
Currency:
Egyptian pound, EG£
Time Zone:
UTC + 2
Dialing Code
00 + 20 + 2 + Local Number
Locals:
Egyptians
Driving:
Drive on the right side of the road.
Airports:
Cairo International Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Standard Adaptor Plug, Type C & F.

The weather in Cairo is representative of the desert biome, being hot and arid all year round. However, some seasonal variation exists. Average yearly temperatures hover around 23°C, although they are considerably higher during the summer, when they can reach daily highs of 35°C and humidity levels can go over 60%. The mildest temperatures occur between November and April, which are considered the best months to visit.

Arabic is Egypt's official language. Basic knowledge of the language can go a long way:

  • Hello / Salaam aleykoom
  • Goodbye / Maha salama
  • Nice to meet you / Tasharafna
  • How much is it? / Bikam da?
  • Thank you / Shookran
  • Do you speak English? / Bititkalim engilis?
  • The weekend runs from Friday to Saturday.
  • Cairo is one of the world's top-20 largest cities
  • More than 2 million limestone blocs were used to build the Great Pyramid
  • There are more than 25 museums in Cairo

Cairo's sights and sounds will soon become familiar: the call to prayer wafts through the evening air just like the aroma of freshly ground spices, red-tinted sunsets highlight the iconic silhouette of the pyramids and of they city's 1,000 minarets, and in glitzy Zamalek the streets are lined with coffee shops and upmarket restaurants.

Egyptian food is part of the culture and a reflection of its rich history. Fresh vegetables, legumes, and spices feature strongly in virtually every dish. Don't leave without visiting Cairo's bakeries, which offer a mouthwatering selection of traditional desserts like baklava, spiced cakes, and other delicacies. There's no shortage of street food either, with falafel, hummus, and kebabs being pretty much everywhere in Cairo.

Egypt is predominantly a Muslim country, although approximately 15% of the population is Christian. Some guidelines must be observed when visiting Islamic places of worship:

  • All visitors must take off their shoes
  • Both male and female travellers should cover their knees
  • Hats should not be worn inside a mosque
  • Female travellers should also cover their shoulders, hair, and legs. A modest dress code is a must
  • Photography is allowed, but never during prayer times

The most important religious holiday is Ramadan, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. At this time of the year, you may find that life in Cairo takes on an even more relaxed pace only for the city to come alive after sunset. Although tourists are not expected to fast, it is recommended not to eat or drink in public while locals are fasting.

No vaccinations are compulsory, but the health authorities recommend that all visitors have their Hepatitis A immunisations up to date. Insect bites are common but rarely present a health risk. Tap water is not potable in Cairo.

Cairo Airport – CAI

Cairo International Airport (code CAI) is the biggest and busiest airport in Egypt, being the Gateway to Africa. The recent upgrades include a multi-story carpark, an automated people mover, a 5-star Hotel and an Extended Metro Line linking Cairo Airport with Giza. The airport has various VIP Lounges, Take Aways, Cafes, Bars, and Major Restaurants. There are also various Tourism & Duty Free Shops.

Forex: Foreign Exchange Bureaux include National Bank of Egypt, Banque Misr, United Bank, Thoms Cook, Bank Of Alexandria, BNP Paribas, Commercial International Bank, and Bank Du Caire.

Airport Hotels: Accommodation near Cairo Airport includes: Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel, Le Passage Cairo Heliopolis Hotel, Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, and Cairo Heliopolis.

Car Hire: A vast range of international car rental companies operate at the airport including Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Offices are located in all Terminals.

Airport Hub: Cairo International Airport is a hub for EgyptAir. Some of the other airlines flying to and from this airport are British Airways, Al Masryia, Universal Airlines, Alitalia, Air France, Air Berlin, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Royal Air Morocco, and Qatar Airways.

The information on this page is correct as of November 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.com.eg takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.


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