Expats moving to Egypt are sure to have plenty of queries and concerns about life in this North African country. Here are some answers to expats' most frequently asked questions.

How safe is Egypt?

Although Egypt had a widely publicised period of civil unrest in 2011, the situation has improved in the years since. That said, we recommend that expats avoid the Sinai Peninsula as this area is still a safety risk. Expats should check official safety reports before travelling to Egypt to stay updated on the current political situation.

Is Cairo really the only place to work?

It depends. Expats employed by NGOs tend to work all around Egypt, and volunteers often do the same. There are some schools in other cities hiring teachers. For most business employment, though, the jobs for expats are almost all in Cairo.

What is the treatment of women like in Egypt?

Expat women in Egypt may find that they attract an uncomfortable amount of attention from local men. Some of these men may have stereotypical ideas of Western women as promiscuous based on depictions in movies and popular culture. It may help to dress modestly and keep one's hair covered with a headscarf. Usually, men on the street will go no further than catcalls but, if feeling unsafe, expat women should be able to call on a local female passer-by to assist.

Will I be able to drink alcohol in Egypt?

Although it isn't always easy to find, expats are free to indulge in a drink if the mood strikes them. Very little alcohol is produced locally, and there are strict limits imposed on alcohol importation. Imported alcohol is also quite pricey. If looking for somewhere to grab a drink, tourist or resort areas are the most likely places to find such establishments.

 

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