Food and Drink
Egyptian cuisine is excellent, combining many of the best traditions of Middle Eastern cooking, and there are both large hotel restaurants and smaller specialist ones throughout the main towns. Some of the larger hotels in Cairo and its environs have excellent kitchens serving the best cosmopolitan dishes. In the centre of Cairo, American-style snack bars are also spreading. Local specialities include foul (bean dishes), kebabs and humus (chickpeas). Restaurants have waiter service, with table service for bars. Drink: Although Egypt is a Muslim country, alcohol is available in cafe
style bars and good restaurants.
Sophisticated nightclubs, discotheques and good restaurants can be found in Cairo, Hurghada, Sharm Elsheikh ... and Alexandria. There is nightlife in Luxor and Aswan, including barbecues along the Nile.
The most interesting shopping area for tourists in Cairo is the old bazaar, Khan-el-Khalili, specialising in reproductions of antiquities. Jewellery, spices, copper utensils and Coptic cloth are some of the special items. There are also modern shopping centres available. Shopping hours: Winter: 0900-1900 every day except Monday and Thursday when shops close at 2000. During Ramadan, hours vary, with shops often closing on Sunday as well. Summer: 0900-1230 and 1600-2000 Saturday to Thursday (closed Sunday).
Tennis, golf, croquet and horseriding clubs
... are found in Egypt . For details, ask at the hotel.
Watersports: There are very fine coral reefs in Egyptian waters and diving facilities are being expanded year by year. The longest established resorts are on the Gulf of Aqaba, Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab and Neweiba, but specialist diving clubs have opened up on the Red Sea coast at Hurghada and Ras Mohammed. Equipment may be hired and training is available at all levels of ability.
Note: The Red Sea coral reefs are all protected and persons removing 'souvenirs' will incur heavy fines.
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hotels, Nile cruises, golf courses, desert safari,
reservations, special offers, budget, rates, ...... and more.