Survival Kit
Health Advice
Education for Children

 


Telephone & the Internet
Emergency Numbers
Expenses in Cairo

   
   


Survival Kit

Egypt is a sophisticated and modern country, and almost anything that you need may be purchased in Egypt. However there are some items that may be difficult to find, or very expensive, hence we have compiled a checklist of some important items you may wish to carry with you.

» You may downloadthe survival kit in pdf format for ease of use and print.


Health Advice

Please read our travel advice located under the travel seciton. We will be shortly updating this section with further information regarding private Hospitals and local doctors located in and around Nasr City, Cairo.

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Education for Children

Education for teenagers and toddlers range from the traditional schools where children learn to read and write ‘Fusha’ and are taught to memorise multiple lines of Quran, Hadith and poetry. On the other end of the spectrum you can find highly westernised schools teaching in any of the western languages from English, Spanish and French.

» Cost of fees
Varies between 3000LE to 7000LE per annum.

Plenty of nurseries are also scattered around in Nasr City. Numerous adverts are placed on poster boards, or your Arabic Institute should be able to provide you with further contacts. The fee per month for foreign students is approximately 250LE.

Nearly all schools operate a transport policy; the cost varies depending on location and type of school. You may also hire a taxi driver to take your kids and bring them back from school. This cost varies between 5-10LE per day.

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Telephone and the Internet

Most apartments are equipped with telephone lines. There is a fixed monthly charge of 30LE and you phone bill can be obtained on-line at www.140online.com. The only information required to view your bill is your telephone number.

However you cannot make calls to mobiles or international numbers from your home phones. For this purpose you may wish to purchase Egypt Telecom card from you local corner shop.

» Phone dialling codes

International Code: 00
Egypt Country Code: 20
City Code; Cairo: 2
City Code; Alexandria: 3

Time: GMT 3 (summer), GMT 2 (winter)

To call Egypt you will need to dial:

Exit Country Code + 20 + City Code + The Number

Further information on useful contact numbers can be obtained here.

» Public telephone
Public telephones are available. They operate using Menatel card system, which can be readily bought from shops. Local calls to land lines are cheap though international calls are quite expensive. The cheapest way to make international calls is via the internet using a CallServe card or visiting their website at www.calllserve.com. The service in general is quite good and calls cost 3 UK pence per minute.

» Mobile phones
Mobile phones are quite easy to obtain and if you have one that is dual band and unlocked you can just purchase a pay-as-you-go SIM card. Calls are relatively cheap at 0.30LE per minute to a land line, and 1.50 LE to another mobile. Depending on the service provider, all the rates are published on the net. The service for Vodafone can be accessed at www.vodafone.com.eg

» Internet
You can browse the web from the comfort of you home or from an Internet Café. For those connecting from home, the ISPs do not have user names and passwords (just leave the boxes blank) you just dial in and connect. The user is charged via their telephone bill. Some of the available ISP numbers are listed below, with many more advertised at you local internet café.

EgyNet: 0777 0001
Al-Ahram: 0777 0505
Dar El-Shorouk:
0777 0111

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Emergency Numbers

A list of useful contact numbers and addresses for consulates/embassies can be downloaded in pdf format.

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Expenses in Cairo

A general overview of expenditure and utility rates can be downloaded in pdf format.

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