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Useful Information about your visit to Egypt

EGYPT  The Land of Many Delights. Egypt is the most fascinating destination for an international conference, offering the international delegates a unique setup where the geographic diversity merges with a rich historical and cultural heritage within an ideal climate and sunny skies all year round.   There is so much to see all over Egypt, this lovely warm land with its charming and hospitable people offers something for everyone. Your visit to Egypt will be an experience that you will cherish for years to come.

CAIRO The capital city of Egypt, where the VLDB 2000 will take place, carries a flavor unmatched by any other capital in the world. An exotic and exiting city, brimming with cultures a modern metropolis of high rises, and the home of the great pyramids and the Sphinx. It is a city that never sleeps, being the cultural and commercial center of the Arab world and the largest in Africa and the Middle East. Cairo is  unique capital, waiting to be explored with a wide selection of cultural tours, leisure activities, shopping, and nightlife.

CLIMATE 
The climate of Egypt is mild with temperatures increasing as you travel from North to South. Mornings in Cairo in September are hot, and evenings are breezy. During September, the average temperature in Cairo is around 37C/25C (max/min.,  Celsius),

ELECTRICITY
Power supply in Egypt is 220 volt and 50 Hz. Sockets take the standard continental European round-pronged plug. Bring along own plug adaptors and current converters as well as dual voltage appliances.

BUSINESS HOURS

Embassies &  Banks  :            8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily, closed Friday, Saturday  
Business                                8 a.m. to 4-5 p.m., closed Friday, some on Saturday  
Government offices                8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, closed Thursday & Friday  
Shops                                    10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Many shops are closed on Sunday.

Khan al-Khalili bazaar: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and closed Sunday.

There are no Official Holidays during September

CURRENCY

The Egyptian pound is divided into 100 piastres. For your guidance on rate of exchange please refer to any official stated rates of exchange at any banks. To perform a currency conversion please check http://touregypt.net/money

TIME ZONES

Egypt lies entirely in one time zone that is two hours in advance of Greenwich Mean time and three hours for summer time which starts from the last Friday in April to the last Friday in September.

MEDICAL CARE

Cairo has a large number of modern specialized hospitals equipped with all the medical appliances and staffed with highly trained Medical specialists. The conference is 10 minutes away from two of the largest and most sophisticated Medical centers and the conference  organizers have arranged access to medical care in these hospitals. VLDB endowment and the local organizers will not take any responsibility for any injury or medical illness to any participant during the conference. It will be the responsibility of every participants to have his/her appropriate medical and personal injury insurance.

WHAT TO WEAR

Egypt is a conservative country. Avoid brief clothing as the norm is semi conservative attire. On the practical side, leave your synthetics at home as they will prove to be too hot in September. It is advisable to wear cotton garments in the morning and maybe a sweater or overcoat in the evenings. If you plan some sightseeing trips bring comfortable shoes  it is also advisable to wear a hat to protect yourself from the heat of the Egyptian sun. Sunglasses are also a must. If you donít  bring a camera you will be sorry.

 

      This site was developed by the Academic Computing Services, The American University in Cairo.
Last updated March 14, 2000
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