In order to get the most out of your trip to Egypt, you need to keep in mind some of the peculiarities of this country. Despite the rather democratic attitude of many hotels to European traditions of behavior, outside their territory certain rules should be adhered to, especially for women.
One of the main tips for tourists is, of course, to limit contact with very friendly and hospitable strangers, especially in public places. If you do start a conversation with someone, refusing insistent offers or demands, try to avoid rudeness or aggression.
It is categorically unacceptable to display any intimate gestures in public, be it a kiss on the cheek or even just a walk by the hands.
The issue of choosing clothes is also important. For example, shorts are socially acceptable clothing only in beach resorts and only on private beaches along the coast. Outerwear (for both sexes) must necessarily cover the shoulders. Women should choose clothes that do not emphasize, but hide all the advantages of the figure: loose and wide skirts and floor-length dresses made of dense fabrics will be the best option. Many tourists, neglecting these traditions, humiliate themselves in the eyes of the local population. A woman who chooses to wear miniskirts and open tops will be subject to negative attention from both genders.
When visiting a mosque, a man should wear a shirt and trousers, and a woman should be covered with clothes from wrist to ankle. You must take off your shoes upon entering.
If you are invited to visit, take sweets with you for tea and do not forget to take off your shoes when entering a house or apartment.
During a conversation, you should avoid openly expressing your emotions and opinions on political and religious topics. In no case should you express contempt for religion, this can lead to very serious and unpleasant consequences, up to arrest and criminal punishment.
In Egypt, it is customary to leave a small tip not only to the service personnel of hotels, bars and restaurants, but also to any person you ask for help (for example, wake up at the right stop or show the way). Many people live here on very modest incomes (about $ 75 a month), so they will be happy with even the smallest reward.
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