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Travel Info

  • Official Language - Arabic
  • Capital - Cairo
  • Size - 1.001.450 km²
  • Population - 80.471.869
  • Entry Requirements - Please check the visa requirements for your destination at the appropriate consulate or embassy in your country and do this well in advance of your travel date.
  • Language - The official language in Egypt is Arabic, but most of the Egyptians working in the tourism industry can speak English and often German.
  • Time Difference - CET +1 hour.
  • Electricity - 220 volts altering currency, 50 Hertz, sometimes fluctuating. Because of the different plugs an adapter may be necessary.
  • Telephone - The dialing code for Egypt is 0020. Calling somebody from the hotel might be expensive.
  • Health Regulations - If you travel from Europe there is no immunization required. Nevertheless it is recommended to get a vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid. Consult your family doctor before departure. If you want to travel to the Nile, we recommand malaria prevention.
  • Climate/Clothing - Hot and dry desert climate. During summer temperatures can rise up to more than 40 degrees. During winter the temperature still reaches about 23 degrees. The nights can be quite cool, especially when it is windy, so a pullover and a jacket are necessary. During summer light cotton clothing is recommended. Please respect the Islamic culture.
  • Transfer - The transfer from the airport in Marsa Alam to the center and Hotel Shams Alam takes about 1,5 hours. (100km)
  • Rental Car and Transport - Taxis are relatively cheap.
  • Currency/Mode of Payment - Local currency is the Egyptian pound (LE) – Please consult official exchange rate in advance as it fluctuates. Money can be changed at the exchange offices. International credit cards are generally accepted. Cash dispensers only exist in the cities and tourist areas.