Where Do Tourists Live in Egypt?

Destination Map for Expats and Foreigners

October, 2023

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Foreigners come to Egypt for countless reasons for Egypt is a widely touristic country for its rich heritage and exquisite nature. Egyptians have been so used to having tourists in their country that most probably most of them have foreign friends or even family members. Foreigners have lived on Egyptian soils for many years. As a matter of fact many of them consider Egypt home.

So where do tourists live in Egypt? Let's say it depends on why they are visiting Egypt and for how long they are planning to stay. This guide is for foreigners and expats living in Egypt to help them decide on the best areas for them to stay according to their plan and budget.


The advantages of living in Egypt for foreigners:

The cost of living in Cairo is much cheaper than various major cities around the world, taking into account food, housing, clothing, transport, personal hygiene products and entertainment.

Many foreigners manage to find much better job opportunities in Egypt than back in their own countries because they are native English speakers.

Egypt is the mother of civilization as it is home to two-thirds of the ancient monuments on the planet and the last surviving wonder of the world – when it comes to culture and history, Egypt has so much to offer. The country attracts tourists and adventurers who want to devote their free time to exploring local attractions.

Egypt is a land of breathtaking natural wonders, from the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea to the towering dunes of the Arabian Desert, from the fertile Nile Valley to the rugged mountains of Sinai. And the best part is, all of these magnificent places are only a few hours flight from each other, making Egypt a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Egyptians are known for their warm and welcoming nature. Foreigners who have moved to Egypt often comment on the responsiveness and helpfulness of the locals. Thanks to the strong sense of community in Egypt, visitors can easily make new friends who will treat them like family.


Cairo


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As much as it is an overpopulated city, Cairo has a certain type of magnetism about it. The thing is if you’re an expat that’s interested in learning about Egyptian culture, as to say the real thing, Cairo is the best place to stay. You meet so many different people in Cairo, it is the Arab version of NewYork, the city that never sleeps. There’s just endless things to do and see in Cairo.

It is home to many cultural and historical areas and also several embassies and governmental entities. Transportation to any part of Egypt is easily available after all it is the capital of Egypt. It is very affordable as there are several areas to look for accommodation to suit your budget. You will have the choice of apartments and villas with a wide range of prices. Areas in Cairo to consider staying in for foreigners and expats are:


Downtown

Downtown Cairo, also known as Wust El-Balad, is the historic and commercial center of Cairo, Egypt. It is known for its eclectic atmosphere with people from all walks of life roaming its streets. It is a vibrant and bustling area, home to a mix of old and new, from elegant European architecture to modern shopping malls.

Downtown Cairo is a great place to stay, with a wide range of hotels to choose from. Renting and sharing apartments is a better option than buying as it could be quite a challenge to find new vacant units in such a historical area. It is also well-connected to the rest of the city by public transportation, making it easy to get around.


Zamalek

Zamalek is a neighborhood in Cairo, Egypt, located on an island in the Nile River between Cairo and Giza cities. Zamalek is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cairo. Visitors come to enjoy the neighborhood's vibrant atmosphere, the ancient architectural design of its buildings, and its stunning views of the Nile River.

Rent in Zamalek is higher than in other districts of Downtown Cairo because it is the oldest and wealthiest district in the heart of the city. There are several hotels to choose from as well if you’re staying for a short period of time.


El Manial


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El Manial is a district in southern Cairo, Egypt, located on Rhoda Island in the Nile River. It is known for its beautiful gardens, historical palaces, and museums. It was once home to the royal family of Egypt.

It is a great place to stay as it is quite central as well. There’s the option of renting and sharing apartments. Hotels are also available in the area.


Maadi

Maadi is a perfect area for expats in Cairo, located on the eastern bank of the Nile River. It is known for its tree-lined streets, green spaces, and high quality of life. The neighborhood is a mix of traditional Egyptian homes and villas alongside modern apartment buildings. Maadi is also home to a number of schools, hospitals, shops, malls, and businesses.

The neighborhood is well-connected to the rest of Cairo by public transportation, making it a convenient place to live and work. There are many options for buying or renting apartments or villas in Maadi for expats.


Garden City

Garden City is a very central neighborhood in Cairo as it is located right next to Downtown Cairo and is connected very well with several transportation forms. It is one of the first planned garden cities in the world, and it is known for its tree-lined streets, green spaces, and spacious villas. Also it is home to several cultural hubs.

It is a popular residential area for both Egyptians and foreigners with its elegant historical architecture. Again, the option of renting apartments is quite accessible while there is also the option of staying in prestigious hotels.


Heliopolis

Heliopolis, Masr El Gedida, is a district in northeastern Cairo. It is one of the wealthiest and most upscale neighborhoods in the city, and it is known for its French architecture, tree-lined streets, and vibrant ambiance. Not to mention that it is home to a variety of architectural landmarks and palaces.

It is quite accessible to many areas in Cairo by public transportation and 6th of October bridge which connects many areas in Cairo and Giza together. What is significant about its location is that it’s very close to Cairo airport which makes it very convenient to expats who travel a lot for work. Finding units for sale or rent can be much easier than downtown. As for hotels, there are several high end hotels in the area to choose from.


Giza


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The city of Giza is one of the oldest cities in the world. It is a part of the Greater Cairo metropolis and is located on the west bank of the Nile river that separates it from Cairo. A number of bridges link both banks of the Nile to make it extremely accessible to transport between the two cities.

Giza is considered a major center for industry, commerce, and tourism as it is connected to the rest of the city and other governorates in Egypt with several means of transportation that is quite affordable. Let’s see where are the most prominent areas to live in for tourists:


Dokki and Agouza

These two areas come hand in hand as they are so close to each other that usually people can’t really tell them apart. They mainly have the same characteristics and that’s why we’ll talk about them as one.

These areas are central and cozy which makes them popular for many expats. They are situated at the other side of the Nile (where the governorate of Giza officially starts) right across from other significant neighborhoods such as Zamalek, Downtown, and Garden City. However, rent there is much more affordable as they are not exactly considered touristic areas.

They are of course equipped with all the day to day services, forms of entertainment, hospitals, cultural centers, schools, and others. Quite close to Cairo University as well. There is a main local market (Souq) in the area that sells just about anything you would need with very good prices. Public transportation to any place in Cairo is easily available. Hotels are again abundant if you’re just visiting for a short while.


Sheikh Zayed

Sheikh Zayed City is a modern and smartly planned city, with a mix of residential, commercial, and recreational areas. The city is home to a number of universities, schools, hospitals, and shopping malls. It is also a popular destination for expats as it has many job opportunities for foreigners and it is also very close to the Giza Plateau that holds most of the historical heritage of Giza.

Sheikh Zayed City is a popular place to live and work, due to its convenient location, high standard of living, and abundance of amenities. The city is well-connected to the rest of Cairo by public transportation and major highways. It has a wide range of prices to select from for renting or buying apartments or villas.


6th of October

6th of October City is a vibrant and growing city, and is a popular destination for those looking for a modern and comfortable place to live and work. It is home to a large number of residential compounds, as well as commercial and industrial areas. It is a popular destination for both Egyptians and foreigners. It is known for its modern infrastructure, clean environment, and high quality of life with a number of schools, hospitals, and other amenities.

Notable landmarks in the 6th of October City include Smart Village, Mall of Egypt, Dreamland, and 6th of October University. Transportation is easily accessible taking you to several areas in the governorates of Giza and Cairo. There’s a wide selection of apartments and villas for sale and rent at different neighborhoods to suit your budget and standard of living.


Upper Egypt


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Upper Egypt is the region of the Nile Valley in southern Egypt, extending from the city of Cairo to the border with Sudan. It is a land of ancient history and culture, with many well-preserved temples and tombs from the Ancient Egyptian era.

Upper Egypt is also home to a diverse population, including Arabs, Nubians, and Copts. The region is known for its friendly people, its delicious food, and its beautiful scenery.

Upper Egypt is a beautiful and fascinating region offering anyone interested in history and archeology a one of a kind learning opportunity. Whether you are interested in history, culture, nature, or simply relaxing in a beautiful setting, Upper Egypt is the perfect destination for you.


Aswan

Aswan is known for its breathtaking scenery, its relaxed atmosphere, and its proximity to the Aswan High Dam and Nubia. It has a rich history, dating back to the ancient Egyptian era as it is home to many well-preserved temples and tombs including the Philae Temple, the Abu Simbel Temple Complex, and the Kom Ombo Temple.

It goes without saying that Aswan is quite a popular tourist destination.You’ll find a wide range of hotels to choose from and there’s the option of renting apartments if you’re an expat. Transportation within Aswan ranges from public buses, microbuses, taxis, boats, feluccas, and horse-drawn carriages. Not to mention that it has a main train station and an airport.


Luxor

Luxor is one of the pillars of history and cultural heritages in the world. Luxor is known for its many ancient Egyptian temples and tombs including the Karnak Temple Complex, the Valley of the Kings, and the Valley of the Queens.

The city is a major tourist destination, and it is also a center for education and research perfect for expats who wish to study Egyptian archeology and history. Like Aswan, You can rent an apartment if you’re an expat or there’s alway the choice of staying at a hotel. Transportation within Luxor ranges from public transportation, taxis, boats, feluccas, and horse-drawn carriages. It also has a main train station and an airport.


Red Sea Cities


hurghada

The Red Sea is a popular tourist destination for its fascinating beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life. It is also a popular destination for different water sports, including diving, snorkeling, and kitesurfing. There are several exquisite cities on the red sea to visit and all have the following mesmerizing traits:

The Red Sea cities in Egypt have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with white sand and clear turquoise waters. The waters are crystal-clear, which provide excellent visibility for diving and snorkeling. The Red Sea is also home to a wide variety of marine life, including over 1,000 species of fish and 200 species of corals. It has a warm climate all year-round. There’s a variety of activities for visitors, including swimming, sunbathing, diving, hiking, snorkeling, kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing.


El Gouna

El Gouna is a sustainable and eco-friendly resort town and is now one of the most sustainable resorts in the world. It is divided into several districts, each with its own unique character. The Downtown district is the heart of El Gouna, and it is home to many of the town's shops, restaurants, and bars. The Marina district is home to many of El Gouna's luxury hotels and resorts, as well as its yacht marina. The Mangroovy Beach district is home to El Gouna's longest beach, as well as its kitesurfing centers.

El Gouna is home to many expats who live and work there enjoying their quiet life alongside the sea. The main means of transportation are tuk tuks which are available and accessible all the time to go anywhere in town. There are bus stations to take you to Hurghada or to other cities in Egypt. There is also an airport for the convenience of most expats living there. There’s a wide spectrum of houses and villas to buy or rent to choose from.

Not to mention that major international cultural and sports events happen yearly at El Gouna. On top of those events is El Gouna Film Festival which is a major annual event on the international film festival spectrum. It is a showcase for Arab cinema and a platform for filmmakers from around the world.


Hurghada

Hurghada is a beach resort city and is the largest and most popular Red Sea city in Egypt. It was originally a fishing village, but it began to develop as a tourist destination in the 1980s which makes it very diverse. It is a combination of the highly touristic within a locally traditional city. Today, Hurghada is a major tourist center and is home to a wide range of hotels and resorts, from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury five-star hotels.

Hurghada is a popular destination for both Egyptian and international tourists. The city is known for its relaxed atmosphere, friendly people, and affordable prices. Hurghada is also a convenient base for exploring the surrounding area, including the Luxor Temple Complex and the Valley of the Kings. It has bus stations and an airport making it very easy to travel anywhere in the country.


Marsa Allam

Marsa Alam is a beach resort town about 270 kilometers south of Hurghada. It is known for its pristine beaches, rich marine life, and proximity to several national parks such as Wadi El Gemal National Park. Marsa Alam is a quieter and more secluded Red Sea city than Hurghada, and is a good choice for travelers looking for a more relaxing and authentic Egyptian experience.

Marsa Alam has many dive shops and snorkeling operators that offer tours to the best dive sites in the area. Marsa Allam has an international airport and local bus stations to get to other cities more affordably. It has many sophisticated resorts and hotels as well as beach huts and camps to stay at


Sinai


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The Sinai Peninsula is located between the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the south. It is a magical place widely known around the world for its authentic bedouin culture and traditions along with its superb nature from its magnificent mountains to its beautiful shores. The peninsula is also home to a number of ancient Egyptian and religious sites, including Mount Sinai, and the St. Catherine's Monastery.

There are several popular activities to enjoy in Sinai such as hiking, mountain climbing, diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and dune riding. There are many places to visit in Sinai, the most important of which are Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Taba, Nuweibaa, and St. Catherine.


Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh is located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and is known for its stunning beaches and various entertainment outlets, specifically its vibrant nightlife. Sharm el-Sheikh is also a popular destination for conferences and conventions. It is close to St Catherine and other beautiful spots in Sinai.

The city is home to a wide range of hotels and resorts, from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxury hotels. Also there’s the option of renting in case of expats wishing to live there. It has an international airport and bus stations to take you anywhere in Egypt.


Dahab

Dahab is a one of a kind town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula, approximately 80 kilometers northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh. It is known for its laid-back atmosphere, exquisite beaches, and world-class diving and snorkeling sites.

Dahab is a popular destination for backpackers and independent travelers, as well as families and couples. It offers a variety of accommodation options, from budget camps to luxury hotels. Renting or buying houses or flats in Dahab is also very common.

The town also has a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and bars, catering to all tastes and budgets. Many activities are popular like windsurfing, kitesurfing, and camel trekking. To get to Dahab, you can fly to Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport and then take a taxi or bus to Dahab. You can also take a direct bus from Cairo to Dahab, which takes approximately 8 hours. As for transportation within Dahab you can go around cycling or take the local bedouin taxis which are very affordable.


The Mediterranean Cities


Alexandria

city center alexandria

Just like Cairo and Giza, Alexandria is a city that has everything you’ll need. One of the biggest and most beautifully built cities in Egypt, Alexandria is the largest city on the Mediterranean coast. The city is built along the mediterranean shores which adds greatly to its charm and relaxed ambiance. It was founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great and quickly became a major center of Greek culture and learning.

Offering a wide range of historical and cultural heritage the city was also home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Great Library of Alexandria, which was once the largest library ever made in history. It has its own traditions and culture and its people are known for their warm and friendly nature. With the charm of the sea view all along the intoxicating downtown European designed buildings, living in Alexandria is a unique experience indeed.


New Alamein City

New Alamein is one of the 4G Cities being developed by the Egyptian government as part of its plan to create a new generation of sustainable cities. It is located on the North Coast of Egypt, which is a popular tourist destination with beautiful beaches and a mild climate. It is also close to Alexandria. The city offers a variety of amenities, including hotels, resorts, residential towers, business and international trade centers, and educational and healthcare facilities.

New Alamein is designed to reduce the residential burden on Cairo and offer a better quality of life for its residents. It is designed to be a center for tourism, education, and governmental institutions, as well as other industries. This means that there will be a wide range of job opportunities available for residents. Not to mention it is offering a variety of affordable housing options, making it possible for people of all income levels to live in it.

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