Living in Egypt
Last updated on Mar 17, 2023
Summary: The approximate population of Egypt is 100 million people. The largest cities in Egypt are Cairo (the capital), Alexandria, Giza, Port Said, Suez, and Luxor. Expats love living in Egypt for its rich culture, history, and friendly people. Life in Egypt is often described as vibrant, exciting, and full of opportunity. Popular foods in Egypt include koshari (a dish of rice, lentils, and macaroni), ful medames (a dish of mashed fava beans), and kabab (grilled meats). The cons of living in Egypt include the lack of infrastructure, the high levels of pollution, and the occasional political unrest. The average cost of living for an expat is around $1,000 to $2,000 per month, depending on lifestyle and location. This includes rent, utilities, food, transportation, and entertainment.
What do I need to know about living in Egypt?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Egypt, they said:
"Before retiring in Egypt, expats should research the cost of living in the area they plan to live in. They should also familiarize themselves with the local culture and customs, as well as the language. It is important to understand the healthcare system and to make sure that they have access to quality medical care. Additionally, expats should research the visa and residency requirements for living in Egypt. Finally, it is important to understand the local laws and regulations, and to make sure that they are compliant with them," wrote a member in Egypt.
"Be very prepared not let the backward ways and slowness and unorganized ways get to you. Relax and take it for what this country is great for which is cultural, beauty, great food and fun in the sun," commented one expat who made the move to Alexandria.
How do I meet people in Egypt?
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