New Safety Issues


Jun 9th, 2006, 03:20 AM
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I can well imagine all your apprehensions about 'safety and Egypt'. I am back from Egypt on may 23rd after a 10 days REALXED and extremely peaceful holiday! We too went through the same thoughts, as the two blasts that occured were just prior to our departure and those bomb blasts were almost back to back! And here I thought lightning never strikes the same place twice! But believe you me, Egypt is safe for tourists as long as you follow the safety norms laid out by them. All places of tourist interests are to be reached going in a convoy with police escort. There are regular checks by the security guards to re-ensure that things are safe.Infact we never ever felt that there was a terorism attack or in any way felt unsafe. Ironically Hurghada, the place terrisom struck, is by far the best part of Egypt. Go ahead and enjoy Egypt!
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Jun 9th, 2006, 06:06 AM
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What terrorism attack took place in Hurghada? Did I miss that? I thougth the recent ones were on the eastern side of the Sinai.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:09 AM
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Thanks for your insights, all. I still plan to go, but am a bit perturbed. What do I tell my husband?! haha I don't want to scare him away from the trip.

I have to say, talk of armed convoys is a bit disturbing to me, I don't even like organized tours!

Need I cover my head? I want to ensure to best possible respect from the locals, being a foreigner and all. I try never to be "the ugly American" traveller.
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Jun 9th, 2006, 07:42 AM
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No need to cover your head, unless you visit a mosque. Keep a scarf in your bag. Otherwise, a hat is good to protect from the strong sun.

When in Cairo keep clothing to conservative in that your legs and arms are covered. While on tour, short sleeve shirts and crop pants are fine. Out in the desert areas or hot Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel, some wear walking-length shorts. But no backless, unless at hotel pool or on a Nile cruise boat.

Believe me, after the first time you see soldiers with weapons, it will become quite normal. Besides, they're there to protect you. It becomes a "none event." Enjoy. We did and hope to again.

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