How to Dress in Egypt
Dress code in Egyptian streets can be quite different from what you're used to if you're a first time visitor. Due to the semi-uncivilized community in Egypt, these are a few ways to help you fit in. First of all, if you are a foreigner, people may be shocked by how you are dressed but will understand since you are a foreigner.
Try to stay away from shorts. Even if it is hot, people will tend to give you a look if you wear shorts because usually only children wear them.
Avoid bandannas, hair bands etc. If you have long hair just wear a cap, tuck it under the cap and hide it. That will save you a lot of weird looks.
Realize that the attitude towards female dress is very strict. Men seem to have it easier in terms of dress because of the sexist attitudes found in many cities in Egypt.
Try to reveal as little as possible. This is especially important if you are in Cairo. Sexual harassment is commonplace towards women considered to not fit the standard dress codes.
Wear clothes with long sleeves.
Cover your hair if possible.
- People in Egypt are not as accepting as people in other counties so don't think you will find a lot of open-minded people there.
- Closely follow these steps if you are going to the following places in Cairo: Al Hussein, Al Gizah, the pyramids or any oriental places with bazaars.
- If you are in any other place, you can dress more casually as there will be tourism police to protect you and defend you.
- For women: Don't hesitate to report if something untoward happens to you. A simple scream in the street will attract the attention of the crowd to your aggressor.