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Egyptian Culture

Egypt is a land of contrasts. Within a few kilometres you are from a green river bed in the desert. The cities are densely built up. Around it lays a vast expanse of deserts and small villages.

Daily life in Egypt navigates between hospitality and tradition and the changes brought about by the contact with Western culture. But who the culture respects find a warm welcome.
The weather can be extreme. In a greater part of the country there is hardly a raindrop during the year. Only on the northern coast, where a Mediterranean climate dominates, it is more humid between October and March. In the mountains of Sinai on the other hand in winter the weather often becomes now. As rugged as the different landscapes are the temperatures average around thirty degrees in the summer, but on the coast of the Red Sea are the summers to above forty degrees. In the winter it is a lot cooler, between thirteen and twenty degrees in the deserts often even colder. In each region there may be a significant temperature difference. The North is relatively moderate by the wind from the Mediterranean, especially in winter. In the South, the dreaded dust winds of Khamsin chase the temperatures in summer to well over forty degrees.

As regards infrastructure, Egypt is a relatively underdeveloped country. The road network is paved for about three quarters, but in poor condition. The railways, a small ten thousand ten thousand kilometres, are in dire need of a makeover. The longer distances by road requires extra attentiveness, especially in the larger cities the roads are crowded. It is the Egyptian road officially the most insecure in the world. Egyptians are known as reckless drivers and pay little attention on traffic rules.

A major problem is education. Many older Egyptians have little to no education and are illiterate. Education is barely set in the labormarket. An important issue is that higher education is practically difficult to apply his knowledge leaving little scope for higher education. Who have a good knowledge of English or French and have teaching qualifications can work as a teacher, which is a great shortage of. Also in the tourism sector is to find work. Workers have few rights, because the State strict controls over the trade unions and social movements.

Etiquette is strongly influenced by social class. That may be acceptable, not confusing, it is best to just follow the example of the interlocutor Physical contact like a kiss on the cheek or a hug is only common if a trust has developed. Clothing and appearance are important to Egyptians, people dresses generally quite conservative. In daily life, the rules are not that sharp, but in a more formal meeting is a groomed appearance the most important condition for a successful contact. Bare shoulders, knees or elbows are not rated. Guests are asked to bring always a gift, when they are invited to eat. At an Egyptian home a gift is always given with the right hand, and is always eaten with the right hand.

Finally, it is important to know that Egypt is a country where status and respect for each other are of great importance. Things like hospitality, loyalty to a given word and courtesy are therefore not only positive character traits, but an obligation in daily contact with each other. Due to the highly hierarchical nature of society is the example in the business world more about whom you know than what you can. Old age is highly respected and Egyptians hate quarrels and confrontations, so the well-known western directness is not always practical in Egypt. Another big difference with Western society is the role that family, tribal and social groups play.

Warm and welcoming
An important positive point in Egypt is that the country is very safe where the crime concerned. Although the larger cities like Alexandria and Cairo in particular steaming metropolises, there is little crime and traffic is a bigger problem for the physical health than mugging. That safety is a positive result of the fact that the regime, as it is dictatorial, Egypt has changed into a police state. The police are everywhere and you may be surprised by the friendliness and helpfulness of the Egyptian long arm for tourists. And that applies to the entire population. Beyond the strict traditions lays an open and cordial attitude. Who does his best to adapt the Egyptian society, wait a pleasant holiday in a fascinating country.