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Links for reliable news sources on Egyptian uprising

Links for reliable news sources on Egyptian uprising January 31, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Guardian live news blog Daily News Egypt Al Masry Al Youm The Arabist Al Jazeera live feed Follow the #Jan25 hash tag on twitter. As well as the publications mentioned above, there are loads of good tweeters. Here’s 10 to start you off: @3arabawy @Sarahcarr @Jilliancyork @ianinegypt @bencnn @fustat @RamyRaoof @Tom_El_Rumi...

Governments advise against travel to Egypt

Governments advise against travel to Egypt January 31, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Given the uprising in Egypt, it’s not surprising that governments are issuing warnings to their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the country. Here is the current advice from the US State Department, from the UK Foreign Office, and from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and...

How To Dress When Visiting Cairo

How To Dress When Visiting Cairo October 21, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Since standards of personal modesty differ in Egypt to the West, visitors to Cairo often worry about what they should and shouldn’t wear. Whilst there are a few things to bear in mind, I think people get more worked up about this than necessary. I’ll set out what men and women in Egypt tend to wear,...

Useful Egyptian Phrases for Travelers to Cairo

Useful Egyptian Phrases for Travelers to Cairo September 23, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Arabic is a tough language to get your head – and tongue – around, but it’s well worth learning a few simple phrases for your trip to Cairo. The first thing you need to know is that there are different forms of Arabic. Classical Arabic is the language of the Qur’an. Modern Standard Arabic is...

How to Haggle Like a Black Belt

How to Haggle Like a Black Belt September 16, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Haggling is common in Egypt, as in much of the rest of the world, and it’s a given that shoppers will haggle over prices, especially – though not exclusively – in the bazaars. Some people love it and some people loathe it, but as a visitor to Cairo, you are gonna have to do it! The things tourists...

Eid al-Fitr in Cairo: The Skinny for Visitors

Eid al-Fitr in Cairo: The Skinny for Visitors September 8, 2010 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Eid al-Fitr is the festival that celebrates the end of Ramadan. “Eid” means celebration, festival or feast, so Eid al-Fitr translates as the festival of breaking the fast. (The other main Eid in Egypt is Eid al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice, which happens later in the year.) Eid al-Fitr takes...

Getting Around Cairo by Public Transport

Getting Around Cairo by Public Transport August 26, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Getting around Cairo is a bit of a nightmare. The city is so big and crowded and everywhere is so far apart. It’s also not a very pedestrian friendly city. Chances are you’ll mainly get around by taxi, though there are also a number of useful spots you can reach by Metro. Luckily, taxis are everywhere,...

Five Cool Cairo Markets You Might Not Know

Five Cool Cairo Markets You Might Not Know July 30, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Cairo is famous for its [insert cliché here... I favour “bustling”] bazaars. But everyone has heard of places like Khan al-Khalili and The Street of the Tentmakers. Here are five you might not know. The Friday Market What is it and why is it awesome? A huge, weekly market between the Citadel and...

How to cross the road in Cairo

How to cross the road in Cairo June 30, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Ah, the Cairo traffic. Take every car you’ve ever seen in your life and double that number, chuck in some donkey carts, add 15 years or so to the age of half the vehicles, grin as you use the word “cacophany” (of car horns) in an appropriate manner, remove as many traffic lights and lane markings...

The Five Dollar Food Challenge: Cairo

The Five Dollar Food Challenge: Cairo June 15, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Cairo has a load of places where you can get a meal for (much) less than $5. Like rats in London, in Cairo you are never more than a few feet away from a small, baladi restaurant selling any or all of the following: Koshary Fuul Taamiya Shawerma Feteer Spit-roast chicken All of these will weigh in...
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