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How has your life changed in Egypt

Hello everyone,

Has your life changed since you moved to Egypt? If so, in what way?

Tell us more about all the changes in your life regarding your family, job, or friends. What about your frame of mind? How would you define your mood?

Leisure activities improve our health and social interactions. How much time do you dedicate to leisure activities and networking nowadays?

Would you say that your standard of living has improved in Egypt? What income differences have you noticed?

On a scale of 0 to 10, tell us how much your expatriation to Egypt has transformed your life (0 = no change, 10 = dramatic change).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Priscilla

I came to egypt in 2015 for college but i had a really rough stay while in cairo I couldn't even make friends at school yet am the most social person anyone can ever find but Egyptians i wd say the majority not to generalize are not open to knowing new people ....it was really rough for me that i had to move to LA n do part of my college from there last year and here i am again in egypt my mum just got posted here n I barely know anyone 😒

Zadrayo, perhaps you could start a social club at your college.

Hi zadaryo
You are most welcome here
I'm sorry your social life isn't the best in Cairo but honestly we do have many flaws but not being open to new comers is not one of them actually a foreigner is like a magnet in Cairo for both  normal people who like to befriend foreigners especially if you come from the successful West for obvious reasons we simply look up to them
And also sadly you become magnet for scammers looking for money and quick sex if you are a lady you should be fine if you only socialise within safe circles like school
Or upscale clubs
but the general rule is don't trust a charming male who is very nice and cute then asks you for money , also it isn't common here to have casual relations so more likey than not a guy approaching you is in for an easy opportunity
There are enough stories in the forum about this
Of course many foreigners have amazing relations with Egyptian partners but those people were smart enough cautious to avoid the scammers until they met Thier partners

My guess is it might be specific to your school
High schools and colleges may not be so friendly with new comers
And this is important for your learning process
Not just social life so try address it may be with teachers and be patient I'm sure it will get better maybe if you let's know more we can help with that

I lived in Egypt for almost a year and taught English in an international school. I agree that Egyptians are not open to getting to know or making friends with foreigners. They're very friendly and welcoming people yes, but in terms of making friends it was very hard for me. 99% of my colleagues were Egyptian and not even 1 wanted to be friends with me or made me feel like I was part of the school. My only friend in the country was a friend I knew from the UK who was half Egyptian and was studying there. I didn't want to continue living there as I felt lonely without friends. I'm a very friendly and kind person and usually makes friends very easily. I don't think I'll ever live there again, unless my friends from the UK moved with me.

I still love Egypt though

Hello guys,
I am a 25 years old Egyptian, I am so surprised to hear about your unfortunate experience with making friends, as magrody said and I quote "honestly we do have many flaws but not being open to new comers is not one of them". But of course your opinion is much stronger as you are on the other side. But from my experience, we have many expats at work and we are friendly to all of them but we are friends with only a few and thats because you cant be friends with everyone and anyone. So speaking from my experience, we like expats a lot and are happy to be friends with them as long as some matching in personalities -among other things- is there, which is a must for local friendships to develop. Id be happy to talk this into more details either here or privately.

Of course your personal experience as an expat tells more than the situations I see
Even though I am not sure what I'm missing
But anyway good luck wherever you choose to settle

Hi, I have been to Egypt (Hurghada), about 8 - 10 times in the past 3/4 years. Every time there is a new experience and many different people of different nationalities. The Egyptian people are the most welcoming and Friendly people. It is just a matter of understanding them and them understanding you. The only negative point I find is that many people end up socializing in a Shisha cafes, I am a non-smoker and hate to breath in shisha smoke (passive smoking). I am sure if there were sports clubs, many older generation people would go and play or keep themselves active doing any kind of indoor sports. They are hard working people and there is nothing for them to relax in except shisha bar or cafe. I am sure things will change and one day I will come and stay in Hurghada for much longer period.

Egypt is becoming much more expensive, more crowded and stressful. But still it has so many potentials and there are soooo many things to discover here in this country.

True Mariamalmasry, I am sure there are many more things in Egypt to be discovered, but as a tourists we all need some one with good local knowledge to show these undiscovered things in Egypt. As a tourists, we are bound by the tour operators to show us what they want to show us and benefits them. I have few friends in Hurghada but they are busy in their own ways and I do not feel comfortable to ask them to accompany me on these trips.
Things do seem expensive because of the weakness in Egyptian pound compared to other currencies. I am sure the currency will become stronger again, and things will become cheaper. Many people in Hurghada as tourists, I noticed, that they stay with their hotels and very few people venture outside the hotel and mix with the locals and that's where locals lose lots of business. Most new hotels are self contained for the tourists, where everything can be bought and trips can be organised by the hoteliers. Many things provided by the hotels, are very expensive but tourists, rather pay extra for the security of it, than to be adventurous and go to local shopping centers and buy cheaper items,  which would also benefit the local economy.
Let see what happens in the near future!

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