and to Sinai:
There are basically 2 companies that offer trips from and
to Sinai, which is East Delta and the faster
SuperJet. They both go to Cairo
and Alexandria. East Delta also offers trips
Dahab and Taba. SuperJet is
faster than East Delta, but it is not covering all stops.
Here's the time tables that apply to the departures. They
are approximate times and it is useful to book in advance
plus to be in time. These times are subject of possible
change and should be re-confirmed with your hotel or directly
at the bus station.
There are local bus services, rather private small VW buses,
that are running up and down the coast (Peace Road)
from Sharm El Sheikh - Naama
Bay - Airport and further a few km, depending on the mood
of the driver and the willingness to pay of the passengers.
Basically, you just need to stand on the road (anywhere),
and they will slow down to ask you for the destination.
The fare is quite reasonable, the whole distance e.g. Sharm
- Airport costs about 2 L.E.. However, the price might slightly
go up if you have a special wish and the driver needs to
go further. Be aware, that most tourists don't use these
buses, so prices should not be "over payed". This
prevents the drivers from cheating the next tourists.
In Sinai normal
clothing is shorts and T-shirts during summer
or any style of loose cotton. Most kind of light clothing
will be ok. With the number of shops here that sell T-shirts
you don't need to bring much luggage. In winter
wear layers that can be taken off during the heat of the
day and put back on for cool evenings. A hat or cloth for
the head can avoid a heat stroke. In The winter months on
a boat the wind can be quite cold, so a wind jacket for
protection is advisable.
Naama Bay, South Sinai, Tel.: 069.602400, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Naama Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Tel: 069.601297, mobile:
010.1811035, email: email@example.com
Naama Bay, South Sinai, Tel.: 010.1542608, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany, you can use these links:
Sharm you'll find quite some casinos for spending (or winning)
money. Here's a selection of the existing ones:
Movenpick Hotel Jolie Ville
Stud Poker, Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, Blackjack, American
American Roulette, Punto Banco, Blackjack
Hotel Jolie Ville
Poker, Carribean Stud Poker, Blackjack, American Roulette
currency is the Egyptian pound (L.E.
or E£) consisting of 100 Piaster.
Notes are available in 10, 25 and 50 Piaster, and E£1,
E£5, E£10, E£20, E£50, E£100,
and E£200 Pound. In 2003 the exchange rate has dramatically
changed in favour of foreign currency such like the Euro.
One of the reasons was that the Egyptian government wanted
to kill the black market for money. It raised the exchange
rate, so tourists and locals would now go to banks to change
Prices are sometimes as well written without decimal points,
such like 233 in stead of E£2.33. For tipping it is
usefull to always keep enough small money.
arrival to Egypt there is a duty-free limit
of 1L of alcohol, 1L of perfume, 200 cigarettes and 25 cigars.
Additionally, after arrival you are allowed to buy another
3L of alcohol plus a wide range of duty-free articles in
any of the duty-free shops that are mostly
in the airport. Arriving to Egypt you have a period of 1-2
days to still buy articles in the duty free shops. Please
refer to the customs to have the latest period information.
Tourists and travelers crossing Egypt may bring along all
articles that are for personal use, such like
clothes, shoes, WC-articles etc. Furthermore 1 photo camera,
1 film camera, films, 1 video camera, 1 laptop, 1 radio,
1 walkman, 1 music instrument, 1 disc player, 1 binocular.
Sport articles should be written into the passport and removing
from there again once leaving the country.
is one of the most exciting sports to do in South Sinai.
We have created special pages to show more about the exciting
in Sinai. Please check also our list of diving
centers and other diving
links for Sinai.
for driving a car in Egypt you need an international
driving permission. You should get this permission
from your local automobile association before leaving home
in case you would like to drive in Egypt. However, in Sinai
this permission is hardly asked for, and in only very rare
cases this leads to problems.
of the consulates are to be found in Cairo,
the main capital of Egypt. However, there are some embassies
to be found in Sharm el Sheikh.
For all countries please find a separate site here.
23rd 2002 Eid al-Adha, March 16th islamic
New Year, April 25th Sinai Liberation Festival,
May 1st day of labor, May 6th Sham El Nessin
(Osterfest), Mai 25th Moloud (birthday of
the prophet), June 18th Liberation Festival,
Juli 23rd Revolution Day, Okt. 6th Day
of Armed Forces, Dec. 6-8th Eid al-Fitr
(End of Ramadan). Dec. 23rd Day of Victory.
Please be aware that these
dates are subject of change each year since
they are mostly calculated from the moon calendar.
You find internet
cafe's in all bigger cities like Sharm
El Sheikh or Dahab etc. Lots of
the hotels are offering
internet services to their guests as well. Main suppliers
are Internet Egypt (internet: www.internetegypt.com), EUN,
Rite und Ritesec.
Egypt is mainly
an islamic country. It is a matter of interest for those
travelling here to live some more of this religion and to
get more and a deeper understanding about the islam. We
will soon give an introduction to the islam on these sites.
Until then please have a read at: www.islam-guide.com.
language in Egypt is Arabic. But most people
- especially in touristical areas - do speak English,
some French or German. However,
if you go to some deeper into Sinai's desert,
you might find Beduines,
and they usually do not speak English. In these cases it
is recomendable to have a local guide with you.
approx. 20 kg plus 5-8 kg hand luggage. If you are carrying
diving equipment, you
should check with your airline, since some give additional
10-30kg for dive gear. Most hotels have a possibility to
weight the luggage, just ask at the front desk for help.
should not be sent via the official mail service
in Egypt. Although in touristical areas like Sharm
El Sheikh the mail service is much better than
in the rest of the country, it still might take from 3 days
to one or two months or more until the letter arrives in
Europe. Other countries possibly longer. Postcards and standard
letters to Europe cost 90 LE.
Egypt has a
metric measuring system. Distances are measures
in centimetters (cm) meters (m) and
kilometers (km), weights in grams
(g) and kilograms (kg), temperatures in Celsius
(C°) and volumes in liters (l). For distances
in Egypt often the word "kilo" is used.
Gazette: english-language Egyptian newspaper, daily
Al-Ahram Weekly: english-language
Egyptian newspaper, every Thursday
Middle East Times: english-language Egyptian
newspaper, every Thursday
Today: english-language Egyptian
Cairo Times: english-language Egyptian newspaper
Besides these you find many newspapers in the bigger hotels
coming from different countries like French, Britain, German,
or Russian papers. They are mostly a day oldor two, but
some even get their papers right from the aircrafts coming
early in the morning.
passport must valid for at least 6 months after end of your
stay in Egypt. It is advisable to keep a copy of your passport
in a seperate place. This will make things much easier in
case you loose the original.
If you travel within Sinai, make sure you always have your
passport with you. Since the peninsular is devided up in
3 different military zones, passport checks are very frequent.
If you don't have it on you - e.g. on your way to St. Catherine
- you will not be able to pass and might even face problems.
In Egypt you
find public phones in the streets where you need to buy
cards for. These cards are available in most of the boots
that sell drinks or papers.
In case you have a mobile phone, you should consider taking
it with you since for international calls it might be much
cheaper. The local companies in Egypt are Mobinil,
Click and ..., and you should find out with
your phone company which one is the cheapest to use.
Country code for Egypt: +20.
Area code for Sharm El Sheikh
and Na'ama Bay: 062
There is hardly
a country in this world that gives any better conditions
for photo taking than Egypt, especially Sinai. Because of
the near desert and the perfect
the light is so intense and bright that even unmotivated
people will enjoy taking pictures. Best pictures will always
turn out when takes in the early morning or before sunset.
Film materials should be bought outside Egypt, since it
is expensive and often not well stored (heat...). Military
areas, railway and airports
may not be photographed.
in Egypt, you might like to get to know locals and might
like to discuss politics. It is always interesting to get
to know opinions of people of other countries. However,
if you do come from a western country or a non-arabic country,
we would recommend to not discuss political issues unless
you are prepared for it. People here are sensitive for topics
that concern Israel and any conflict that concerns the arab
world. You will notice 2 things: first is that Egypt has
a press census, which prevents certain things to be published.
This might be bad, or in some cases be good. However, it
brings ideas up in peoples minds that might differ very
much from what you might know from your home country. Second
is that travellers from western countries will notice that
many things are not shown in their country, things that
are existent, but not dealt with in the news. These factors
forcefully lead to the fact, that often very different ideas
about politics are present if visitors meet locals. Our
recommendation is: be open to learn new things,
observe and listen. Discussions can help to open the world,
but as long as press is forming peoples minds throughout
the whole world the truth will never be able to come out
in a discussion like this.
Sinai is devided into three kind of population types: the
80.000 in Sinai), people working in the tourist sector,
and army people (approx. 40.000). Last but
not least, the tourists itself should be mentioned, that
are forming the biggest portion. Even if they are not habitants
itself, they are the ones that make Sinai so important as
it is today.
is about 220 volt/50hz. The plugs are two
pin round fittings. If you are not sure about the size,
you should consult a shop where they sell adapters.
of the people in Egypt are Moslems, probably
more than 80% of the population. Another approx. 10% are
Coptic and there are other minorities like
Christians etc. These numbers are estimations,
that vary with the institution given. However, official
numbers are given by the Egyptian government
and other international organizations.
following things are forbidden in Egypt and
tourists should be aware of following these rules:
Counterfeit money, drugs or narcotics - even in smallest
quantity, any weapon and or ammunition, pornographic materials,
taking out fish, coral or protected features of nature (any
kind). To be found with any of these things in her/his possession
is liable to arrest, investigation, trial and heavy sentences.
Also, to be in prison is not a funny matter in Egypt.
take a taxi, in Sharm El Sheikh
for example, is quite different than e.g. in Cairo. Prices
are much higher and it is difficult to bargain a price that
applies to locals. However, it is always recoommendable
to deal with them. Ask at the reception for the normal price
to a destination and use this as a base for bargaining with
the cab driver. Night fares are slightly higher. A day trip
from Naama Bay to Sharm El Sheikh
should not cost more than 30 L.E., rather less or much even
less. Most tourists will, however, pay about 40 L.E.
A good alternative to the cabs is the local small busses.
They are only running on the ring street (Peace Road) and
are very cheap. Here, a trip from Naama Bay to Sharm
would hardly cost 1,5 L.E.. The best is to have a look where
locals are standing and waiting for a bus and ask them to
help you. Normally they are very friendly and will explain
are usual and part of the income for many people. It should
be given, but with care and not too high. Occasions are
taxis, waiters, the concierge etc. 5-10% are
normal. Also, it should be considered, that some people
are not earning money form the organization they are working
for, because - from the organizational point of view - they
are believed to earn enough money by receiving tips.
time in Egypt is the Middle European Time (MET) +
1 hour, Mai to September MET + 2 hours. For detailed
information please have a look at www.worldtime.org.
In the past
years there has been a boom of new channels in Egypt, while
most of them can also be seen in Sinai. Egypt is actually
the country for film industry for most of the other Arab
countries, while most headquaters of the Egyptian chennels
are based in Cairo.
Some channels like Nile-TV are having international
news in English of French,
mostly starting in the later evening. However, most of the
TV channels are purely in Arabic, so in case you do not
speak this language, you'd probably stick to the international
channels that most hotels
offer via satellite. There you find a broad
selection of mostly European channels, French, Italian,
English, Russian or German spoken.
visa for foreigners (exept for Malta, South Africa, Zimbabwe
and Arab countries) have to obtain a visa from the Egyptian
consulate or on arrival at the airport. It normally is cheaper
to get the visa locally on arrival, where it costs 15
USD. A photo is not required, but you will have
to fill out a form, buy the visa stamp (15 USD) and get
The validity of the single-entry visa is 3
months, while the visitor may stay for one month only.
A multy-entry visa (max 3 visits) is valid
for 6 months, but also the visitor may not stay in the country
for more that one month in total. However,
it is possible to extend the visa for a period
of 12 months.
Take care if you travel with agencies and
they are asking you to pay the visa at the airport: they
might ask you to pay 25 USD mentioning that it would be
more expensive than in the rest of Egypt (Neckermann
at Sharm El Sheikh Airport
did so). This information is untrue and you should proceed
to the official stamp counter. We have written to Neckermann
about this instance in August 2002 but have not received
any reply up to today. Other companies as e.g. 1-2fly are
recommending to buy the visa with them. However, you will
normally pay more money than necessary, will generally stand
in a long row and finally not have any better visa than
the official one. We recommend again to buy the visa at
the normal official stamp counter, which is right at the
arrival hall before immigration checks.
Try to avoid
drinking local water from the tub if you are not used to
living in Egypt. In most shops there are bottles with mineral
water available in big quantities and it pretends you from
having stomack problems that were not intented.
our chapter for the Sinai weather.
are hardly restrictions for foreign women in Egypt. Even,
to travel alone is generally safe, but it will be noticed.
One is better off in not being too open and to not being offended
about private questions. It is natural curiosity and one should
tell them politely that it is none of their business. They
will not stop, but be quiet for some time. Even if not married,
one shouldn't hesitate to invent a husband. However, if problems
do occur, don't hesitate to seek help from the police or any
shop or person nearby. Egyptians judge very strongly on improper
behaviour and will be on your side. Especially the last years
have tremendously improved the womens rights in Egypt, some
to this extend that women are joking about the "rightless
men" in papers or on TV. In this aspect, Egypt is definitely
an extraordinary exception among the arab countries.
Egypt is a Muslim country and
some women wear the veil demonstrating modesty
or Muslim piety. This also tends to discourage male advances,
physical or verbal.
As a rule, the less a woman wears, the more looks and comments
she will get. This should be considered especially, when
in streets. Topless or nude bathing is forbidden,
even at hotel resorts.
At last it should be mentioned
that reactions on women in Egypt do depend very much on
the level of society.