Living in Egypt guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Egypt.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Egypt

Opening a bank account in Egypt

Looking forward to open a bank account in Egypt? Find out how to proceed in this article.

Healthcare in Egypt

Are expatriates eligible to health care services in Egypt? What are the relating conditions and formalities? Find out in this ...

Work in Egypt

Wondering how to find a job in Egypt? What are the relating formalities? Find out in this article.

Work in Sharm el-Sheikh

If you are planning to settle and work in Sharm el-Sheikh, here is what you need to know about its labor market.

Traveling to Egypt

Planning to travel to Egypt? What are the relating formalities and conditions? Find out in this article.

Tax in Egypt

Find, in this article, all that you need to know on the Egyptian tax system and whether you need to pay tax as an expatriate.

Accommodation in Aswan

If you are planning to move to Aswan, finding accommodation will be one of your main priorities. Find out how to proceed in this ...

Accommodation in Sharm el-Sheikh

Looking for accommodation in Sharm el-Sheikh? Find all that you need to know about its rental market in this article.

Accommodation in Hurghada

Finding accommodation in Hurghada is not a difficult task. Find out, in this article, how to proceed.

Accommodation in Alexandria

Planning to relocate in Alexandria? Find, in this article, some tips to guide you through your housing search.

Accommodation in Cairo

If you are looking forward to settle in Cairo, here is how to proceed to find accommodation in the Egyptian capital city.

Accommodation in Egypt

Looking for accommodation in Egypt? Find, in this article, an overview of the Egyptian real estate market.

Work in Aswan

Besides Cairo and Alexandria, Aswan is also a major Egyptian city. If you intend to settle and work there, here is how to proceed ...

Work in Hurghada

If you are looking for new job opportunities along with a different lifestyle, Hurghada may be the ideal place for you. Find out ...

Work in Alexandria

Looking for a job in Alexandria? Here is all that you need to know about its labor markets. Find some tips to guide you through ...

About Egypt

Since many years, expatriates have been showing greater interest about moving to Egypt. Indeed, thanks to its growing economy, the company has been providing several opportunities at all levels to those wishing to settle and live there, whether alone or with their family. As a developed and modern country, Egypt is very open towards the rest of the world, especially the Near and Middle East, Europe, as well as the United States of America. It is now aiming at Asian and South American markets.

Thus, moving to Egypt has several advantages, especially if you are seeking better career prospects. Note that foreign expertise is much required in dynamic sectors such as tourism and industry. So why not try your luck in the Land of Pharaohs?


Located in Northeast Africa, Egypt is divided into four regions: Lower Egypt, Middle Egypt, Upper Egypt and Nubia. The country is also divided into several administrative regions, that is 27 governorates called muhafazah.

Egypt is the region's third most densely populated country with nearly 90 million inhabitants. Most of them live on a a fertile strip of land that runs along the Nile River.

Cairo is the Egyptian capital city while Alexandria, Aswan, Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada, Mansoura, Marsa, as well as Safaga and Saïd ports are its major cities.


Egypt has greatly developed and modernized over the years, although its economy is still quite fragile. It is still trying to go up the slope through the diversification of its activities, especially in the fields of tourism and industry.

Education is also makes a significant contribution to the local economy. In fact, many foreign students, especially from African countries, fly to Egypt every year to continue their higher studies. However, oil, natural gas, metals and agriculture remain its main economic pillars.

Thanks to its modernization, Egypt is now open towards foreign exchange and investment. It now aims at developing its economic ties with Asian and South American markets along with strengthening its relationship with African countries.


Modern Standard Arabic is Egypt's official language. The local dialect is close to classical Arabic despite a few differences in pronunciation and vocalization. In fact, it varies from one province to another. As regards foreign languages spoken in the country, you have Greek, Armenian and Italian. Other foreign languages such as English, French, German and Italian are taught in schools. Note that English is widely spoken in Egypt since the 1950 although the country hosts not less than 50,000 French-speaking foreign nationals.


Most of the country enjoys a Saharan climate, except the Nile River region. In winter, temperatures are rather mild and nights are rarely cold and frosty.

From January to March, temperatures on the Mediterranean coast turn around 20°C. In the desert, on the other hand, days are very warm and dry while nights are particularly cold.

Spring is often accompanied by a windy and stormy weather which is called khamsin. The khamsin is a dry, warm and dusty wind coming from the Southeast.

In summer, temperatures are quite high during the day but gradually cools down in winter. The humidity is then minimal, thus making the atmosphere more pleasant than the rest of the year.

Useful links: ' Egypt
Egypt Tourism Authority
Egypt's Government Services Portal

Quick Information

Capital : Cairo
Official Languages : Arabic , English , French
Currency : Pound
Area : 1001450 Km2
Population : 80471869
Calling Code : +20
Timezone : Africa/Cairo

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