Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Shopping in Egypt

Shopping in Egypt presents a bewildering array of choices. In Egypt, south, you get the Nubian crafts and gifts. In the east and west of Egypt, you can get the Bedouin options. On 3 souks (Aswan, Luxor and Cairo), Aswan can be rated the best. Although Khan Al-Khalili in Cairo is the largest. Even stores the sea, Dahab, have interesting purchases.
If you are looking for specialties like the Nubian or Bedouin work, it is best to pick up in the local souks, instead of Khan Al-Khalili. Not only is it the best choice available in the local souks, prices are also much cheaper than Cairo.
If you plan to visit factories - perfume, alabaster, papyrus, carpets, etc., remember not to be forced to buy anything. The visit of these plants can be good, as they explain how these products are made, but there are many hard-sell. If you are uncomfortable, make sure you let your guide know you do not want to go .... it is quite correct to do so. If you visit, but do not be tempted to buy something, you can leave a tip behind for factory / the person who showed you the event, as a gesture of appreciation.
In the souks, bargain hard. It can be especially difficult for those who are not used to trading. Make your offer, what you feel is a fair price. Remember to start a little below your final price, as you finally speed up your offer a bit. If it is not viable for the merchant, he will refuse. On foot, or you think that its final offer and come back later ..... Most of the time, this is the case and they call after you. If the trader had really quoted the lowest price, it will not remember .... then you can decide later if you want to return or not. Do not feel guilty about haggling ..... but remember - negotiate politely and with a smile ..... This can not grudge. Nobody will ever sell something below cost for a loss (contrary to what they may tell you to sell it). You can get most of the purchases for almost 1/4th the price shown. Another trick is to use to ask your hotel staff for the prices of some items, such as hats, t-shirts, mouse, key chains, jewelry etc. In this way, you have an idea- hand, and negotiate accordingly.
Many toilets are squat guy. Western toilets are also increasingly common, especially in larger towns and cities. Do not expect the toilets are very clean. Keep a lot of toilet paper on hand or disinfectant wipes to wipe the toilet seats. If you know the trick to use a squat toilet, it is more hygienic because you will not share a seat with thousands of others. Wear a bit of liquid soap / paper too, as it is non-existent in these toilets.
In many bathrooms, it is expected that you pay a small fee - THE 50 piastres 1 should suffice. Some agents dole toilet a small wad of toilet paper when you go in. ... but you can never be sure. All toilets will be water, either a tap or a projection device, for washing.
While traveling or going from site to clean site, all toilet breaks. In remote areas, it may be awhile before you get on the toilet door.
A small request - many toilets are blocked, not because of the absence of hot flashes, but because tourists try to flush toilet paper because they are probably used elsewhere. It does not work here ...... Egyptian plumbing lines are not designed to take charge huge amounts of toilet paper being thrown into. All toilets have a trash ..... please take the paper in it. There are signs to this effect introduced in many places, but many people pay no attention to it. Please do your part to keep the toilets clean and working for other people.
I am a senior professor of Sustainable Tourism Management at the Faculty of tourism and hospitality. I worked in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, I worked with many organizations in the private sector and the public sector on the tourism board in terms of strategies for tourism and recreation, the feasibility

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