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By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 17, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Alexandria, Egypt. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

What do I need to know about living in Alexandria?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Alexandria, they said:

"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," said another expat in Alexandria.

How do I meet people in Alexandria?

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When we asked people living in Alexandria about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"The British Club and read the free newspapers for groups that meet once a week or so," said another person in Alexandria.

"There is Alexandria American ladies group. It is unofficial social gathering for the American women’s who live in Alex. They meet once a month for coffee and planning events. The group is involved with the American center as well. There is another group called Alexandria women association. They meet every Monday for coffee and they do mostly charity work around Alexandria and it is open for all expects not just Americans," remarked another expat in Alexandria.

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Will I be able to find a job in Alexandria?

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When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Alexandria, they reponded:

"Jobs are not easy to find but companies like to hire people from other countries. The travel/tourist business is good. If you can teach English or even tutor kids is a great job to get," said another expat in Alexandria.

"There are international schools in here American, French, and German and if you have the right qualification they really pay well. There are several American companies in here and they work with government contracts. I don’t recommend coming over without having a job first," added another person living in Alexandria.

What is life like in Alexandria?

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When we asked people living in Alexandria what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"In Egypt, Family is number one but going for coffee is right up there as well. Going to the mall (Carfor) seems to be a big deal here," said another person in Alexandria.

What do expats in Alexandria appreciate most about the local culture?

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"The people are very friendly and try and help wherever they can. The sense of safety is also a surprise. The delight in finding things that I am looking for is wonderful," added another person living in Alexandria.

What do expats find most challenging?

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"Very dirty, smelly, busy, noisy place. Nothing is the way you would expect it to be, and it's difficult to get many things done," said another person in Alexandria.

Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Alexandria accepting of differences?

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"Very friendly people and excepting of most but don't ever forget that being Muslim is very important to people here. They like people from all over to visit because this means having a good tourist business," said another person in Alexandria.

"Egypt is a Muslim country and there is a large percentage of christens as well. They live in harmony for the most part. Most people like expects and as long as you don’t offend any one you will be fine," remarked another expat in Alexandria.

What are the schools in Alexandria like?

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"It's a good school. The principal knows each child by name and somehow knows each family and its situation. She is very caring and demands that her staff educate the whole child. She defends the children as if they were her own and makes sure they get what they need in the way of growth and development. I really like her alot," explained one expat living in Alexandria, Egypt.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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Expats AlexandriaExpats in Alexandria

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Alexandria.

Egypt Index Alexandria Index
An index of all of our site's Alexandria information.

Egypt Forum Egypt Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in Egypt on our Egypt forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Contribute to Egypt Network Contribute
Help others in Egypt by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Egypt.

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Expats in Egypt offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Egypt.

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