Things to do in Sinai Overview
Sinai, in different stages of history, was always an important transit point of the trading routs arriving and departing from different regions of the globe.
Sinai, this distinguished peninsula situated to the East of Egypt, has always played a significant role in the Egyptian history. Being the Eastern gate of Egypt With the Mediterranean Sea to the North, the Red Sea to the South, Palestine, Israeli, and the rest of Asia to the East, and Egypt and the rest of Africa to the West.
Sinai was where Moses spoke to god at the top of Mount Sinai. It was on the rout of the holy family during to their fleet of Egypt and when the Moslems came to conquer the land of the Nile, they passed by the peninsula coming from the East. This is why Sinai is considered to be the entry point from where all religions entered Egypt.
Today, many travelers from around the world begin their Sinai tours from Egypt. This peninsula has a lot to offer to its guests. With the establishment of new hotels and resorts in cities like Sharm El Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba, and Dahab in the last one or two decades, Sinai today is dressed in its finest robes to impress the whole world.
The finest beaches, the best diving and snorkeling spots, the hottest nightclubs, bars, and restaurants, and the most comfortable luxurious facilities and rooms, this is what cities like the amazing Sharm El Sheikh offers.
For the adventure fans, a tourist can hike the colored canyons in Sinai. Located near the city of Dahab, the colored canyons is among the most popular excursions of Sinai nowadays.
Nature is the art of god and Sinai is the best evidence for this old saying. There are many natural protected areas in Sinai like the Ras Mohamed Protect Area, Abu Galum, and Wadi Firan are marvelous places when man can melt with the nature.
Visiting the famous Monastery of Saint Catharine, climbing the highest mountains in Sinai; Mount Sinai and enjoying the evening in a Bedouin tent in the desert are among the most amazing safari tours in Sinai.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Egypt is safe country to visit with notable low crime rate, tourist attractions are well secured and there is no common negative attitude towards foreigners, with some sensible precautions and preparations you will feel at home and as safe as you'll ever be.
There is no special dress code when visiting Egypt tourist sites, modest dress is recommended in less tourist sites and there is no special concern for women traveling alone.
Egyptian Arabic is the most commonly spoken language in Egypt, it is also the national language in the country but Egyptians speak and understand English as they study it in school. Fewer Egyptians can speak other languages like French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Egyptians working in tourism sector are accustomed to speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.
Egypt is very connected to the world, it has many direct flights with Africa, Asia, European Union and United States. Visit Cairo Airport website for a full list of Airlines that fly to Egypt.
Duty free allowances on arrival to Egypt are 1L alcohol, 1L perfume, and either 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200g tobacco. Duty free shops are available in Egypt airports and major tourist cities (Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh).
Giza Pyramids and most monuments and Museums in Egypt open between 8 Am to 5 Pm. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.
Shops and stores in Egypt are usually opened from 10 Am to 10 Pm however in major cities it opens much later and some are open 24 hours.
Visitors are welcome in most mosques throughout the year. Modest dress is recommended, women should cover their hair, arms and legs. Both Women and men will remove their shoes before entering.
Taking pictures for people and streets is fine after people permission While Taking pictures for official type or army structures is not permitted. In most historical sites and museums in Egypt it is allowed to use camera, some of them may charge you for camera but at the Egyptian Museum and some similar historical sites it is prohibited and you will be asked to leave camera at reception before entering.
Egypt enjoys big hotel variety from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations; Check in time in most hotels in Egypt is around midday, 12 or 1 PM.
There in no health concerns or vaccinations required to visit Egypt but we recommend to check with your own doctor, he knows you and your medical history best.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE), it is about ,06 to USD. Money exchange is widely available, Credit cards are largely used in Egypt major cities and tourist spots.
We do not recommend the public buses in big cities. Taxi and limousine service are fine every where but price is negotiable. Trains go to all big cities in Egypt except Sinai and the Red Sea. Flights from / to tourist cities are always available.
Tipping in Egypt is an appreciated habitual attitude but is Not obligatory. Generally 5 to 10 EGP for small favors is fine for carrying luggage, parking a car or to guys who clean bathrooms. 10 % is fine in restaurant and spa. Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver should be considered if you're provided with good to great service, feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.