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Cairo, Egypt Hotels and City Guide

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Cairo - Travel Tips


When to Go

Seasons
Hot, dry summers with mild, dry winters and cold nights. Rainfall is negligible except on the coast. In April, the hot, dusty Khamsin wind blows from the Sahara. Lightweight cottons and linens are recommended during summer, with warmer clothes for winter and cooler evenings.

Events
The most prominent religious festivals which tourists experience in Egypt are the 'mouleds', which are incredibly lively processions that take to the streets of Cairo on various saints' birthdays, between the beginning of July and end of August. The mouleds generally take place in summer, and blend religion with folklore, usually taking the form of wild dancing accompanied by music, chanting and fireworks. For more information phone +20 (0)2 285 4509. 

Local Holidays
January
Coptic Christmas Day 
Islamic New Year
March 
Birth of the Prophet
April 
Sham el-Nassim (Coptic Easter)*
Sinai Liberation Day (Sinai only)
May
Labour Day
July
National Day
September
Coptic New Year*
Bairam Feast (End of Ramadan)
October
Oct Armed Forces Day
November
27-28 Nov Grand Feast

Note: *These holidays are not official, although Coptic Christians may observe them.
Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes the Bairam Feast, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some restaurants are closed during the day but most tourist attractions and hotels are not affected. Some disruption may continue into the three-day Grand Feast itself.


Local Customs & Language (including Tipping)

Customs
Egypt is a conservative society and visitors should respect local customs and sensitivities. Homosexuality is solemnly frowned upon and homosexual acts are illegal. Religious customs should be recognise, particularly during the month of Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours is forbidden in the Muslim culture. Travellers should be discreet or choose to partake in the custom themselves. Travellers to Egypt should dress modestly. Photography of military institutions is prohibited.

Tipping
In Egypt tipping is called baksheesh. In hotels and restaurants a gratuity of between 10% and 15% is the acceptable norm. However, baksheesh is expected for every service. Attendants at Cairo's historical buildings, footwear supervisors in mosques, taxi and camel drivers, baggage handlers and tour assistants will all ask for something extra from those who can afford it. Low wages necessitate this requirement and the working people of Egypt rely on the generosity of visitors. The equivalent of between USD 1.00 and USD 2.00 is an appropriate amount each time.


Health and Security

Health
Public hospitals are open to tourists. Health insurance is strongly advised.
Note:  A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age coming from infected areas. Those arriving in transit from such areas without a certificate will be detained at the airport until their onward flight departs.

Security
There is a high threat from terrorism in Egypt. Attacks can be indiscriminate and against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

Since 2004 there have been three separate bomb attacks in the Sinai Peninsula. These attacks have killed and injured a number of foreign nationals. The most recent incident was on 24 April 2006 when there were explosions at three separate locations in the resort town of Dahab, in which 23 people were killed and more than 60 injured.

Developments in the region may trigger public unrest. Travellers should take care to avoid demonstrations, which can turn hostile, and be particularly vigilant in public places.Outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Egypt have resulted in twelve human fatalities. As a precaution, travellers should avoid live animal markets, poultry farms and other places where contact with domestic, caged or wild birds is possible; and ensure poultry and egg dishes are thoroughly cooked.

The crime rate in Egypt is low but visitors should safeguard valuables including passport and money. Egyptian society is conservative and women should dress modestly. Travellers should carry some form of photographic ID at all times. A copy of your passport is sufficient.

This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 0845 850 2829.
Website: www.fco.gov.uk

US Department of State
Website: www.travel.state.gov/travel





Hotels in Cairo, Egypt

InterContinental Cairo CityStars

InterContinental Cairo CityStars

Omar Ibn El Khattab Street, Cairo, 11737

Hotel DescriptionThe luxurious InterContinental Citystars Cairo is situated adjacent to Cairo's largest retail and leisure complex, Citystars Heliopolis, and is the ideal starting point for tours, sightseeing and enjoying the vibrant life of Cairo'. The...




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Semiramis InterContinental

Semiramis InterContinental

Corniche el Nil, Garden City, Cairo, 11511

Explore the ancient and enthralling city of Cairo while staying at the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel. The great Pyramids of Ghiza, the Egyptian Museum, River Nile, Coptic Cairo and many more attractions of the city are just...




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Fairmont Heliopolis

Fairmont Heliopolis

Uruba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

Hotel Introduction A recently renovated, atrium-style luxury hotel, the Sheraton Heliopolis Hotel, Towers& Casino is situated in Cairo's prominent district. The hotel offers a wide variety of restaurants and services. Hotel...




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Four Seasons Cairo 1st Residence

Four Seasons Cairo 1st Residence

35 Giza Street, P.O. Box 663, El Orman, Cairo, 12311

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Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza

Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza

1089 Corniche EL Nil, P.O. Box 63, Maglis EL Shaab, Garden City, Cairo, 11519

Hotel Description: The New Nile Plaza is a Magnificent, Multi-Use Development, With Upscale Shopping, Private Residences and, of Course, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza.Rising Thirty Storeys On the Corniche At the Nile Rivers Widest Point,... more
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Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt

Corniche El Nil, Garden City Roda Island, Cairo, 2288

Description The allure of a historic and mysterious culture, the thirst for magnificence and the hunt for luxury, leads travellers to the Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel, the landmark of luxury and sophistication in the capital city of great Egypt... more
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JW Marriott Hotel Cairo

JW Marriott Hotel Cairo

Ring Road, Mirage City, P.O. Box 427, Heliopolis, Cairo, 11757

Hotel Description:The JW Marriott Hotel Cairo is an international hotel destination for both business and leisure travelers. Located in the Mirage City area of Cairo ten miles northeast of downtown, this full-service resort hotel combines deluxe... more
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Le Meridien Pyramids

Le Meridien Pyramids

El Remaya Square, P.O. Box 25, Pyramids, Cairo, 12561

Le Meridien Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a majestic hotel blessed with views of the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Located near the Cairo International Airport, Le Meridien Cairo Pyramids Hotel is also only just... more
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Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

16 Saraya El Gezira Street, P.O. Box 33, Zamalek, Cairo, 11211

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Mena House Oberoi

Mena House Oberoi

Pyramids' Road, Giza, Cairo

Hotel Description: The Hotel Was Built in 1869. Under the Shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Lies Cairo'S Most Prestigious Hotel, Which Was an Old Royal Hunting Lodge. It Has 40 Acres of Jasmin-Scented Gardens. There is a Magnificent 18-Hole... more
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Ramses Hilton Hotel

Ramses Hilton Hotel

1115 Corniche El Nile, Cairo, Egypt

Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from the Ramses Hilton hotel's 36th-floor Windows on the World bar. Relax by the sun-drenched outdoor pool or enjoy alfresco dining at the Garden Court Café. On the banks of the Nile, the hotel boasts a well-equipped... more
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Sheraton Cairo Hotel

Sheraton Cairo Hotel

Galaa Square, P.O. Box 11, Cairo

Hotel Introduction Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino is ideally located on the west bank of the River Nile. With cosmopolitan modern adjoining towers, our hotel proudly stands tall as one of Cairo's finest landmarks. Hotel... more
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Sonesta Hotel and Casino

Sonesta Hotel and Casino

3 El Tayaran Street, P.O. Box 9039, Nasr City, Cairo

All rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite television, radio, mini bar, hair dryer and direct-dial telephone.Our Royal Club Floor offers special amenities to guests. The hotel is fully equipped with a fire alarm system and smoke detectors in every room. Hotel... more
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Golden Tulip Flamenco

Golden Tulip Flamenco

2 El Gezira El Wosta Street,Cairo

The Golden Tulip Flamenco is set in the heart of the residential and diplomatic sector of Cairo and overlooking the Nile. Hotel Flamenco is located away from the bustle of the city, yet conveniently close to the centre of activity with its wealth of culture, history,... more
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Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre Residence

Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre Residence

1191 Courniche El Nile Street, Cairo, Egypt

On the River Nile and part of the World Trade Center complex, the Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residence is 10 minutes' walk from the business district. Swim laps in the outdoor pool or dine on Mediterranean fare at ''The Lounge''. All guest rooms are Suites with... more
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Le Meridien Heliopolis

Le Meridien Heliopolis

51 El Orouba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, 2466

Situated in the exclusive residential area of Heliopolis, the Le Meridien Heliopolis hotel is within close proximity to the Presidential Palace and... more
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Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers & Casino

Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers & Casino

Cornish El Nil, Maadi, Po Box 217, 11431 Cairo, Egypt

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Novotel Cairo 6th Of October

Novotel Cairo 6th Of October

Ext. 26th Of July St., 0 Cairo, Egypt

Hotel IntroductionFour star hotel offering 195 rooms. The Novotel Cairo 6th of October is located in 6 October City, five minutes away from the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, 30 minutes from downtown Cairo and 45 minutes from Cairo International Airport.... more
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Novotel Cairo Airport

Novotel Cairo Airport

Po Box 8 Cairo Airport, 11776 Cairo, Egypt

Hotel IntroductionHotel featuring 204 rooms. A short stroll from the airport. 17km from the center of Cairo and 8 km from the International Convention and Exhibition Center. The hotel features 8 shops, 2 bars, a swimming pool and 3 meeting rooms. AccommodationNumber... more
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