The pyramids, mummies, pharaohs and the clear blue water of the Nile – there is no shortage of iconic sights to see and incredible cultural highlights to experience in Egypt, but is it still safe to do so?
It’s true that since the start of the Arab revolution, Egypt has seen numerous demonstrations within Cairo and throughout the country, but the situation has calmed down significantly over the past few years.
So, if you’re one of those people who are staying away from Egypt based on media perception. . .
…here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on visiting the Pyramids, getting that picture with the Sphinx and seeing the golden treasures of the pharaohs.
1. The UNWTO is confident in Egypt’s safety initiatives
The UNWTO (The United Nations World Tourism Organization) Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, together with Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, expressed the organization’s full confidence in Egypt’s initiatives on safety and security issues, stating “We should never forget that Egypt is one of the world’s most remarkable tourism success stories. Over the last decade, the number of visitors to Egypt practically tripled.”
2. Our film stars have been there
You probably noticed that the songs ‘Teri ore’ and ‘Jee Karda’ from Singh is King featuring Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif were shot in Egypt . . . and they survived!
3) Speaking of Singh is King, Egyptians love Bollywood
For Egyptians, few things are more entertaining than a Bollywood drama with its classic recipe of action + songs and dance + happy endings. Today, at least three channels available in Egypt show Bollywood films 24 hours a day and almost everyone in Cairo knows the name Amitabh Bachchan. In fact, his movie ‘Mard’ was a huge success in Egypt and ran for two years. Big B has gone on record stating “Every time I come to Egypt I feel as though I come home. Every time I have been here it has been such an experience.”
4) Egypt is a safe and fun place for women travellers
Although Egypt is predominantly Muslim, it is much more progressive than other Arab nations. Women are not required to follow a dress code, but, as in all places, showing respect for the local culture via your attire is always best practice. So if you adhere to local culture and book through a reputable company – with flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions included – you’ll be as safe as safe can be.
5) Egyptians treat guests well and take hospitality seriously.
Very seriously. There are ‘tourist policemen’ stationed near all the tourist attractions and around the city, who will help in any situation – from needing directions to not understanding the language.
5) You don’t have to take just our word for it
So, there you go. Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Yes, it’s as safe as any other place in the world and if you travel NOW, you’ll get to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt and the vibrant energy of a modern country CROWD-FREE.