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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Maadi?

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We asked people in Maadi if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"When visiting Maadi, it is important to dress modestly, especially for women, by covering shoulders, cleavage, and knees. Avoid public displays of affection, as they are considered inappropriate in Egyptian culture. Do not take photographs of people without their permission, and be respectful when visiting religious sites, such as mosques. Refrain from discussing sensitive topics like politics and religion, as these conversations can lead to misunderstandings. Be mindful of the Islamic call to prayer, and avoid eating, drinking, or smoking in public during the holy month of Ramadan. When entering someone's home, remove your shoes and bring a small gift for the host. Finally, use your right hand for eating, shaking hands, and passing objects, as the left hand is considered unclean," commented one expat who made the move to Maadi, Egypt.

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"In Maadi, it is important to show respect and appreciation for local customs and procedures. It is best to refrain from making any comments or gestures that may be considered offensive or inappropriate. For example, it is important to dress conservatively and to respect religious practices, such as avoiding eating, drinking, or smoking in public during Ramadan. Additionally, it is important to maintain the traditions of greetings and personal space and to be mindful of the local language, as well as to be aware of different customs when communicating with people of different cultural backgrounds," remarked another expat in Maadi, Egypt.

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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Maadi?

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