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While Google Maps may not provide offline maps for this area, OpenStreetMap has mapped Cairo pretty well. There is a large number of apps for offline maps based on OpenStreetMap. My favorite so far is Locus Map. Locus Map has different data sources, some allow downloading, some don't. "4UMaps" is one that works for Cairo. Another app I tested is MapFactor ...


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I almost entered Israel from Egypt using the Taba/Eilat border crossing Michael Seifert mentions in his answer in 2016. In that year, there was a local bus connecting central Eilat to the crossing; I strongly assume that it still exists because it also connects places such as the underwater observatory to the town centre. So on the Israeli side, there should ...


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My favourite app for exactly this purpose is Maps.me. They allow you to download countries or provinces/states, depending on the area. You can add your own locations. They recently added driving and walking directions.


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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 ...


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It's obviously impossible to prove a negative, but given that AFerry do not currently list any Egyptian ports AND The Man In Seat61 says "There are currently no ferries to Egypt" I would say that at the time of writing, the answer is NO.


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If you are a foreigner then it is ok, you can show them or hide them no one will actually care. It is not something common there for middle easterners to have but people do not judge foreigners for having or showing them. Regarding Egypt in particular, it is common for criminals and people who been prisoned to have them, so that will be the first ...


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Giza is actually pronounced Jeezah (الجيزة) by all Arabs except Egyptians. They pronounce the J letter as G in their dialect, in time the Latin spelling changed accordingly yet it's still spelled Jeezah in Arabic and pronounced correctly by Arabs. Same thing for names as well, for example they pronounce(Jamal) as (Gamal) so they spell it in Latin that way. ...


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Given that no one really came forward with an answer, I am going to answer my own question. I am writing this answer at the Star Alliance Business Class lounge at departures so this experience is fresh. My original questions Is it an issue that my transit time is longer than 12 hours? Can I still leave the airport? The transit time being longer than ...


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This story about a man who visited Bir Tawil (and claimed it as the "Kingdom of North Sudan" so his 8-year-old girl could be a princess, but that's another story) says that permission for the Egyptian authorities was required: This research led Heaton to seek permission from Egyptian authorities to travel to the remote, unpopulated plot of sand, ...


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Minimally, you will only need your passports, but ideally bring a printed copy of your itinerary that includes the PNR reference. You can go directly to a check in desk with your passport; there is no need to go to a ticket desk first. As long as your names were correctly entered in the booking the airline can find your eticket from only your name. Some ...


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Another answer for OpenStreetMap, but I like OsmAnd~. While less polished than others I find it's more usable in practice than Maps.me, though YMMV. Only trouble is it's a bit of a pain to install - OsmAnd itself costs money in the Play Store but (since it's open-source) there's a free redistribution available through F-Droid, an Android package manager.


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According to Wikipedia, it appears that the only land crossing open to tourists between Egypt & Israel is the Taba border crossing, located on the Gulf of Aqaba (aka Gulf of Eliat) at the extreme southern end of Israel: Opened on April 26, 1982 it is currently the only entry/exit point between the two countries that handles tourists. ... The terminal ...


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I have done this last year (2010) with a friend of mine. We arrived at the Egyption border in Nuweiba (with the boat from Jordan) without a CdP. It's not that you travel through Egypt without a carnet. We had to buy a local one (which is only valid in Egypt itself) on the spot. Actually, we had to get it in town (Nuweiba). So it's a process of getting ...


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I'm sure that the German government provides travel advice for its citizens, however I couldn't find any in the English section of the federal foreign office's website. The German language advice on Egypt can be found here (thanks @simbabque, who indicates it gives similar advice to the UK's FCO). The UK's foreign office does however proide a fairly ...


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In general, if someone is traveling while a country wants to arrest him, the big concern is an Interpol notice. These are formal requests from one member country to all others with regard to individuals of interest. In particular, the Red Notice is issued when a country is willing to extradite someone from anywhere else in the world. This is very expensive, ...


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This is the most obvious difference between the Egyptian Arabic dialect and the standard Arabic, the 'Jeem' letter ج . It's 'Geem' In most of Egypt. But since this is not a question about grammar, and you just ask about how it's pronounced in Egypt, the answer is Giza is pronounced Giza by 100% of Giza local people. It is not "Jeezah" And if you are ...


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All of those places are touristy, and as such they're completely used to seeing tourists wearing all of the described clothing. One thing to note, however, is if you're taking the train down to Aswan/Luxor overnight, it can get rather chilly in the desert at which point you will most certainly want more than just t-shirts and shorts. In fact I had my ...


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There is nothing much outside of the hotels, people tend to spend all of their time drinking and eating in the hotels. Therefore all inclusive deals are common and well worth considering. The hotel we stayed in charge well over £5 Sterling for a bottle of coke if you were not on the all inclusive deal! Sharm el Sheikh has nothing to offer apart from ...


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From your description I can tell it is Feteer Meshaltet.


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While I haven't been myself, I've done some research so figured I may as well share. For tours and excursions: The Siwa Guide - desert safaris, and they describe a sea of sand stretching as far as the eye can see. They have half day, full day and custom trips - which could include camel safaris, or camping under the stars. Abu-Zahra Bedouin Safaris - ...


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After some trouble I managed to send someone in Egypt to the auto club and ask about how it's done. First time they told him that I have to get a CdP from Canada before I travel and this is the only way, but after the information I got from fretje here I asked my friend in Egypt to go again and explain the situation further. After telling them that there is ...


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Adding to @AakashM's answer, there seems to be no active passenger ferry from Europe to Egypt, but according to ferry.co.uk: From Europe – There is now a brand new ferry from Venice to Alexandria. Although schedules are yet to be published. the jouney[sic] should take approximately three days and will be the only Europe to Egypt ferry in operation. Too ...


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As the other answers say, you can make this crossing. However, the U.K. government provides travel advice for many areas of the world. The advice for Egypt is here. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to: the Governorate of North Sinai due to the significant increase in criminal activity and continued ...


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Egypt, as like much of North Africa and parts of the Middle East, is volatile. The State Department of the US has a comprehensive website detailing the latest information on the country. It points out that while crime is relatively low, there has of course been several incidents of protests, riots and political upheaval over the past year. In the end, it ...


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Yet another great option is the free app HERE WeGo. It allows to download free offline navigation worldwide. It's available for iOS and Android The size of the offline map for Egypt is about 350MB. Unlike most Open Street Map based solutions, the app if a full offline navigation with Car/foot/public-transport routing (depending on location, I am not sure ...


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Normally it is not required to have Visa tourist in advance for USA, Canada and most of Europe. But this is only for Tourist visa, any other visa (work, businesses, diplomatic, ...) should be arranged in advance. Also this is for normal passports, official or diplomatic passports need advance visa. Tourist visa can be stamped in all main airports for: UK ...


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For practical purposes the answer is "Adaptors will be reasonably available AND importantly, European equipment will work properly on the provided Egyptian voltage and frequency". Also, Egypt notionally uses the "Europlug" (type C below) so many continental European appliances will plug in directly. You will also find the type F Schuko plug in use. So, in ...


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It is totally okay to visit Egypt with a tattoo. I am 100% Egyptian and I have tattoos in many parts of my body and nobody can say anything. It does not identify me as a criminal or anything. It is just normal.


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You can cross either way through the Taba crossing, between Eilat and Sinai. See the crossing's (Israeli side) web site. So you can travel from anywhere in Israel to Eilat, cross to Sinai, visit the beautiful beaches and mountains, then proceed to the rest of Egypt, or vice versa. I see no preference to either order. Between Eilat and Taba you can use ...


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It means nothing, really nothing. They are sold in car accessories shops and some people put them because they think it's "cool". It's usually done by van owners (the vans that are used for shared transportation for a small fee, like public transportation but owned by individuals), taxi drivers and truck owners. The pattern here is people who usually make ...


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