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I plan on going to Egypt around Christmas and I have always hated the thought of being a tourist. I want to blend in and experience what it is like to be there without being regarded as a tourist all the time.

I have never been to Egypt before and I wonder if it would help me to wear native clothing to sort of disguise my self and further what would be the preferable clothing?

I am male, 32 years old, caucasian and close to 2 meters tall - I tend to stand out in a crowd :)

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    2 metres tall, caucasian, in Egypt - not sure blending in is really an option, even if you were in local clothing:-)
    – Rory Alsop
    Aug 25, 2012 at 16:52
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    Hmm what would Lawrence of Arabia do in this situation? Aug 25, 2012 at 17:27
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    Walk like an Egyptian Aug 25, 2012 at 20:29
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    I assume cross-dressing isn't an option.
    – Golden Cuy
    Aug 25, 2012 at 22:47

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You can never blend in in Egypt. Egyptians wear normal clothes nowadays and no one wears the native clothing which is like long dress (except old people in small villages) and I am sure you do not mean the very old native clothing of Egypt or you would look like a Pharaoh which is not blending in :) and not to forget that you are Caucasian which is hard to change to look like Egyptians...

Furthermore, Egyptians are born with the ability to know foreigners, I am an Arab who looks like any Egyptian and wears the same clothes and they still spot me and know that I am a foreigner.

In addition to that, from your description of yourself and as Rory has commented, it will be hard for you to blend in easily.

My advice to you, wear whatever clothes you wear at home (unless you are from an African tribe that wears nothing) and act normal and you will be just fine. Also, try not wear anything that shows your tattoos in Egypt, tattoos are for criminals in Egypt so showing them means you are either a criminal or a foreigner.

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  • Interesting, for us in Northern Europe it's hard to distinguish between Caucasians, Arabs and Turks, but probably for you all Northern Europeans look similar, while for us there are big differences ;) Aug 3, 2013 at 5:44
  • @DanubianSailor By 'Caucasian' he means a European in this case. May 15, 2015 at 16:40

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