Egypt is located at the northeast corner of Africa. The country has a very vast historical background and is considered to be the land of the pharaohs, pyramids and mummies. The capital city of Egypt is Cairo and the main language spoken is Arabic however English and French are also spoken.
Egypt's weather is mostly hot and dry with the small exception of the strip of the Mediterranean coastline where the weather is slightly cooler.
The Egyptian Pound is the official currency of Egypt. On every Egyptian bank note you will find one side is in Arabic and the other is in English. The Arabic side will have a picture of a mosque whilst the side of the bank note in English will display ancient Egyptian figures or monuments.
Banking hours are Sunday-Thursday from 08:30-14:00. The banks are closed on Fridays, Saturdays and most holidays.
The import and export of local currency is limited to E£5,000. The import and export of foreign currency is limited to US$10,000.
Egypt has food options to suit all tastes and budgets. Even In the most touristic areas you can find cheap restaurants which serve great food. The higher priced restaurants are usually located in either hotels or beach resorts. The average price of eating in an international hotel would cost around £25 pounds for a three course meal which does not include wine. Imported drinks are usually more expensive. Eating outside of the big hotels can be very cheap and could cost between £3-10.
Tipping in Egypt is usually expected with a few exceptions. Most Egyptian workers in the tourist industry receive low salaries and depend on tips. Usually it is important to tip well if you require a service or have received a good service. If you are not sure how much to tip around 10% of what you paid is usually appreciated.