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As the rest of the world, Egypt is also struggling with coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Egypt in 14th of February 2020.

By 8th of April 2020, there have been 1 560 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Egypt. So far, there have been 103 deaths caused by COVID-19. 305 people have recovered from COVID-19.

On 8th of April 2020, the government of Egypt announced that the partial curwer and other measures will continue until 23st of April.

The virus has spread all over the country to 26 governorates (3rd of April). At the moment there have been no confirmed cases in the governorate of North Sinai.

The experts say that Egypt is about move to a stage three (3), which means that coronavirus cases in Egypt are most likely to grow exponentially.

Since the situation changes daily bases, I have collected here news sites from where to follow the coronavirus situation and news in Egypt.

The latest news about Egypt’s coronavirus situation (COVID-19) in English:

EGYPTIAN NEWSPAPERS:

EGYPT INDEPENDENT English version of Al-Masry Al-Youm daily.

AHRAM ONLINE English news from Egypt. The news are updated constantly. Published by Al-Ahram Establishment.

EGYPTIAN STREETS News and stories about Egypt.

EGYPTTODAY

FACEBOOK:

Facebook page of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiques

Egypt State Information Service on Facebook

THE MEASURES TAKEN IN EGYPT TO CURB THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS

  • Two weeks nationwide partial curfew started 25th of March. People should stay inside from 7 pm (19.00) until 6 am (06.00). The penalty for violating the curfew is from a fine (4,000 Egyptian pounds) to imprisonment.
  • All non-essential shops must be closed from Sunday to Thursday from 5 pm (17.00) until 6 am (06.00). During the weekends (Friday & Saturday) all non-essentials the shops will remain closed. This rule doesn’t cover supermarkets, groceries, bakeries and pharmacies located outside the shopping centres.
  • Coffee shops and nightclubs have been shut down. The food restaurants are allowed to be open with limited opening hours.
  • All public and private transportation have been suspended between 07.00 pm (19.00) until 06.00 am (06.00). Authorities have added additional trains to help the fleet during the rush hours.
  • All the public offices are closed for 15 days from 26th of March 2020. All the expiring documents will be valid until the end of the closure measures eg. visa.
  • The beaches all over Egypt have been shut down the 28th of March 2020. The beaches will remain closed until further notice.
  • The schools in Egypt remain closed until the 15th of April 2020.
  • The airports in Egypt will remain closed until the 15th of April.
  • All the museums and tourist sites are closed from 23th of March and are currently under the sterilization and disinfection.
  • People arriving in Egypt from abroad are tested for coronavirus.
  • The mosques and churches are shut down.

CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 IN HURGHADA EGYPT

After Egypt announced the shut down of the airports, tourists from all over the world have flown back to their home countries.

At the moment the hotels are disinfected and shut down. The employees of the hotels were ordered to stay in quarantine for two weeks.

There have been 61 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Red Sea Governorate by 3rd of April. More details of the spread of coronavirus in Egypt from this article.

This post will be updated as often as possible.

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Many people visiting Egypt are worried about alcohol or moreover the lack of it. If you came to read this post, you are probably one of them.

Don’t worry, I have good news for you, alcohol is served and allowed in Egypt. Alcoholic beverages are not illegal in Egypt and it’s widely available. Here is all you need to know about consuming alcohol in Egypt.


IS THERE ALCOHOL AVAILABLE IN EGYPT?

Despite most of Egyptians are Muslims, alcohol is available in Egypt. Most of the Egyptians don’t consume alcohol themselves, but some do and it’s not forbidden to drink alcohol there in Egypt.

Most of the hotels, restaurants and bars in the tourist areas serve alcoholic beverages.

In the Red Sea area Hurghada, El Gouna, Sahl Hasheesh and Makadi May most of the restaurants serve alcohol, except the ones whose customers are mainly Egyptians. I mean, if you go to an oriental restaurant in Hurghada, it’s a big change that you are not getting alcohol with your dinner. But, if you go to the restaurant in the main tourist area, it’s likely to get a beer.

Stella is the most popular beer in Egypt. Image: Cheers Egypt

Anyways, thought alcohol is not served in all the restaurants in Egypt, there is no problem for tourists to have drinks. There are restrictions for tourists consuming alcohol in Egypt. The only restriction is that you are not allowed to drink alcohol if you are under 21 years old. But, to be honest, I have never been asked ID in Egypt or seen anyone asked ID when drinking alcohol.

Another restriction with alcohol is selling it during the Ramadan. Read more about Ramadan in Egypt from here. Egyptians are not allowed to drink alcohol during the Ramadan, it’s also forbidden to serve alcohol for Egyptians during the Ramadan.

Ramadan doesn’t affect tourists straightly, but some of the restaurants and bars may be closed during the holy month. Also, there are fewer people in the clubs.

CAN I DRINK ALCOHOL IN EGYPT?

Yes, you can. You can drink alcoholic beverages in the bars, restaurants and clubs that serve alcohol. Also in hotels and flats. But drinking on the streets or being very drunk on the streets is not accepted widely.

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WHERE CAN I BUY ALCOHOL IN EGYPT?

Alcohol is not sold in the supermarkets of Egypt, but it’s actually very easy to buy it. You can buy takeaway bottles from every restaurant and bar that serve alcohol. Just tell them, what you want and they’ll pack the bottles for you.

You also order alcohol through the internet. Yes, you read right. There are companies that deliver alcohol beverages wherever you want. You select what you want, set up your location and they will bring the beverages to you. The companies that deliver alcohol in Egypt are Drinkies and Cheers.

Notice that if you use Drinkies, you must order lots of alcohol at the same time. You can’t order two beers, you need to order 24 cans or bottles at the same time. Cheers deliver less than 24 packages.

Drinkies have many stores in Cairo, but they also have a store in El Gouna from where they deliver to Hurghada. They also have shops in Alexandria, Ain El-Sokhna, El Fayoum, Tanta, Mahalla, Sharm El Sheikh, Luxor and Port Said. Check the locations from here.

Cheers have stores in Cairo, Alexandria and El Gouna. You can see the locations from here.

Both of the stores sell beer, wine, spirits and RTDs (ready to drink). Most of the alcohol sold both in Drinkies and Cheers are brewed in Egypt. The prices are affordable and ordering is easy. Download the app or call!

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DUTY-FREE SHOPS IN EGYPT | IMPORTED ALCOHOL

If you want to buy imported alcohol, you have 48 hours to buy imported alcohol after arriving in Egypt. Imported alcohol is sold at airports and in the duty-free shops. Here are the locations for Duty-Frees in Cairo.

In Hurghada, you find a duty-free shop from Senzo Mall and beside Giftun hotel in El Mamsha, check the location from here. Duty-Free El Gouna is located in the Abu Tigi Marina and Sharm El-Sheik here.

EGYPTIAN BREWED ALCOHOL

Like said, the alcohol sold in Egypt is mostly brewed and produced in Egypt. Some of the Egyptian brewed alcohol can make you very sick afterwards. This is why I usually don’t touch Egyptian spirits, beer and wine are more than enough for me.

I haven’t tried Egyptian Whisky myself, but I’ve tried Vodka and it wasn’t the best one I’ve had. A friend of mine loves Egyptian brewed Gin, so not all the alcohol is bad. Depends on the person.

Here is a list of the most common and popular alcoholic beverages brewed and sold in Egypt.

EGYPTIAN BEER

STELLA

Stella beer. Image: Cheers Egypt

Egyptians have been brewing beer since the days of Ancient Egypt. The oldest modern beer sold in Egypt is Stella. Don’t confuse it with the Belgian beer Stella Artois. Egyptian Stella beer is the most popular beer in Egypt, in 2016 it was sold 47.5 million litres in Egypt. It has been on the market since 1897. The company that produces Stella, distributes Heineken and Desperados beers to the Egyptian markets.

Stella is my favourite Egyptian beer (4.5% of alcohol), it’s light and the taste is good. It’s sold both in 0.5 litres cans and glass bottles. The price in the restaurants varies from around 20 Egyptian pounds to 60 Egyptian pounds.

SAKARA

Sakara beer. Image: Cheers Egypt

The other popular beer sold in Egypt is Sakara. Sakara Gold is 4.0% malt beer, served 500 ml bottles and cans.

The more dangerous version of Sakara beer is Sakara El-King which alcohol content is 10% and 15%. You don’t have drink many of these to get drunk, so be careful!

There is also other beer with a relatively high alcohol content available in Egypt. This beer is called MEISTER MAX and its’ alcohol content is 8%. It’s sold in a bottle (330ml) and cans (330ml & 500ml).

The other beer brands sold in Egypt are Heineken and Desperados by Al Ahram brewing company. Both Heineken and Desperados are more expensive compared to local brands such as Stella and Sakara since they are international brands and brewed outside Egypt.

EGYPTIAN WINES

OMAR KHAYAM WINE

Omar Khayam wine. Image: Cheers Egypt.

From my experience, Omar Khayam is probably the most common wine in Egypt. You can find it, wherever alcohol is served. For me, it tastes like a wine, but I have a feeling that wine experts won’t appreciate the taste as high as I do. Omar Khayam is available in Red, White and Rose. It’s produced in Egypt and the price is affordable around 100-200 Egyptian pounds/bottle.

The other Egyptian brewed wine brands are Obelisque, Grand Marque, Ayam and Leila. You can order these wines and imported wines also from Drinkies and Cheers.

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EGYPTIAN SPIRITS: VODKA, GIN & WHISKY

BLUE40 VODKA

Like said earlier, I don’t have the best relationship with Egyptian spirits. Actually, I haven’t even tried the Egyptian vodka since 2010. There must have been progressing since the Egyptian Vodka called BLUE40 has been winning awards because of its’ quality. BLUE40 vodka is produced in Egypt under the supervision of Heineken international. It makes this Vodka is worth trying.

There is also a vodka called BLACK50 available. It’s also an award winner and produced under the supervision of Heineken company.

Blue40 Vodka. Image: Cheers Egypt.

VOLGA VODKA

If you want to have an authentic experience with Egyptian vodka try Volga vodka. This vodka is the reason for not tasting Egyptian vodka since 2010. Even the smell of this vodka akes you consider twice before trying it. BUT like said, I haven’t tried this for years, so who knows if the quality has improved. Have you tried Volga Vodka lately? What was it like?

DEVLIN WHISKY

Devlin whisky is the first single malt whiskey produced in Egypt. It’s a little pricey compared to other Egyptian Whiskies (i.e. AULD STAG WHISKY) but for sure the quality is better. At least it should.

BUTLER’S GIN

The gin sold in Egypt, it’s not exactly the same they sell outside of Egypt. But at least it’s cheaper!

There are also rum, liquors, tequila and RTD’s available in Egypt. The only alcoholic beverage missing in Egypt is cider, but luckily there are RTDs to substitute cider.

As a conclusion, alcohol is available in Egypt, but the quality of alcohol bought in Egypt depends on a lot. My advice is: Don’t buy the cheapest bottles (wines & spirits) unless you know what you are buying. If you pay a little extra, you’ll get better quality.

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WHAT IS LUXOR | LUXOR IN A NUTSHELL

Luxor is a city in Upper Egypt, located about 650 kilometres (403 Miles) away from Cairo (by car). It used to be the centre of ancient Egypt, mainly because of its’ location next to the Nile River.

Today, It’s still one of the most important cities for tourism in Egypt. Earlier, Luxor has been known as Theba (Theban) and Waset, the city was named Luxor in 624 B.C.

The Nile River. Image: Tamas Juhasz Pixabay.

The city has been divided into two main areas on both sides of the Nile river. The areas are called West Bank and East Bank.

From the East bank side, you’ll find the Luxor Temple, the Temple of Karnak, museums, train station, hotels and restaurants.

Most of the ancient sites are located in the West Bank of Luxor.

You can cross the Nile River by felucca boat. This costs about 10 Egyptian pounds. There is also a bridge going over the Nile River.

If you book a day trip to Luxor from Hurghada, crossing the River Nile is not usually included. So, be prepared to pay felucca ride yourself.

Crossin the River Nile with a felucca in Luxor Egypt
Feluccas in Luxor Egypt. Image: Albert Dezetter Pixabay.

Most of the ancient sites are located in the West Bank of Luxor.

These sites are The Valley of the Kings and Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, Tombs of the Nobles, The Temple of Medinet Habu, The Ramesseum Temple, Colossi of Memnon and Malkata.

If you wish to see the city from the Hot Air Balloon, you need to go to West Bank. Book your Hot Air Balloon ride from here.


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VISITING LUXOR FROM HURGHADA

There are many ways to visit Luxor from Hurghada. The most popular way to visit Luxor from Hurghada is a day trip from Hurghada to Luxor.

I have done this trip twice myself. And I can highly recommend this excursion. If you take a day trip from Hurghada to Luxor, You are going to spend a whole day in Luxor and get to visit all the important sites. You can book your day trip to Luxor from here.

This trip includes visits to the Temple of Karnak, Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings and the temple of Hatshepsut. More information here.

There are lost to see in Luxor Egyt.
Luxor. Image: Imedias Pixabay.

If you hesitate between Luxor and Cairo, I recommend you to visit Luxor. I liked it more. Off course you are going to miss the pyramids, but you can visit them next time. If you have time enough, visit both Luxor and Cairo.

When you choose a day trip to Luxor from Hurghada, you see all the important sites. The disadvantage is that you don’t have time to take a closer look at Luxor and it’s miracles. If you want to spend more time there, it’s possible to take a bus from Hurghada to Luxor and take a self-hosted tour. It’s up to you!

NEXT: WHEN TO VISIT LUXOR? WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO LUXOR?



THE BEST TIME TO VISIT LUXOR

The best time to visit Luxor is from October to April. This time there are lots of tourists in town, so be prepared for grouds.

Luxor is also said to be the hassle capital of Egypt. In other words, the vendors are very active. If you don’t want to buy anything, walk and say “LA SHUKRAN” this means no thank you in Arabic.

READ MORE ABOUT HAGGLING IN EGYPT FROM THIS POST.

Luxor is called the capital of hassle.
Souk in Luxor. Image: Simon Steinberger Pixabay.

The city is very hot in the summer and there are not too many tourists around. This is why Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany announced that the ticket prices for foreign tourists visiting Upper Egypt’s sites in the summer will be reduced by 50%. More information click here.

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WHAT TO WEAR AND PACK IN LUXOR?

I have visited Luxor at the beginning of May and it was already very hot then.

In case you visit Upper Egypt during the summer, pack light clothes and lots of sun lotion. A HAT or other headcover is also a must thing to pack for a trip to Luxor. And don’t forget the SUNGLASSES!

During the winter, it may be chilly, so pack some warmer clothes with you. Also, the airconditioning on the bus may be cold, this is why you can even pack a light blanket with you.

It is also good to have some small money for toilets and tips.

When talking about the toilets, don’t forget to pack TISSUES or TOILET PAPER with you. I prefer buying small tissue packets from the street vendors. This is a good way to support the locals.

BOTTLED WATER is a thing you don’t want to forget. It’s needed. And some salty SNACKS.

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN HURGHADA AND LUXOR

So, How far is Luxor from Hurghada? The distance between Hurghada and Luxor is about 300 kilometres (186 Miles). By car, it takes about 4 hours to get there. It’s a long way, but totally worth it.

If you take a day tour to Luxor from Hurghada, the bus leaves early in the morning around 05.00 o’clock. A full day trip to Luxor lasts about 16-17 hours, and you’ll be back at your hotel around 09-10.00 pm.

It’s better not to make any big evenings plans after this trip, it’s a long day!

HURGHADA TO LUXOR BY BUS

You can also visit Hurghada to Luxor yourself. The cheapest way to travel between Hurghada and Luxor is a bus. Go bus Egypt’s bus to Luxor from Hurghadaleaves from Go Bus Hurghada station in Hurghada twice a day, at 8.15 am and 03.30 pm (15.30).

You can purchase the tickets from the bus station or through their website. I recommend you to book your tickets beforehand, to make sure there is a roam in the bus. More information & Timetables from Go bus website.

If you visit Luxor solo, book accommodation from Luxor, take a bus and hit the sites early in the morning. Most sites are filled with tourists all day, but the main peak is in the morning. So, be there early! Some of the sites open already at 06.00 o’clock.


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FLIGHTS BETWEEN HURGHADA AND LUXOR

At the moment there are no direct flights between Hurghada and Luxor, but Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled al-Anany just announced that there will be new routes between Luxor and Hurghada in the future. More information from the article of Egypt’s Independent.

NEXT: WHAT TO SEE IN LUXOR?



WHAT THERE IS TO SEE IN LUXOR?

On a day trip to Luxor, you are going to see all the most important miracles of ancient Egypt. The tour will take you to visit Karnak Temple, which was the largest and most important religious complex in ancient Egypt. It’s over 2000 years old and there are lots to see.

Karnak Temple in Luxor is a must see
Karnak Temple is also called an open-air Museum.

The other places you’ll visit during the day in Luxor are The Temple of Hatshepsut, The Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon.

The benefits of taking a guided tour to Luxor is that the guide will be with you all the time. When I visited Luxor, I was fascinated to listen to the guide and stories about ancient Egypt. If you take a self-guided tour to Luxor, make sure you have a good guide with you.

Book your full-day tours in Luxor here.

THE TEMPLE OF HATSEPSUT

Temple of Hathseput is one of the sites visited in Luxor trips.
Hatshepsut Mortuary Temple in Luxor, Egypt Image: werner22brigitte

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is a temple built by Hatshepsut herself. Hatshepsut was the first female pharaoh in ancient Egypt. She reigned the kingdom for 20-years.

The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is located in the area called Deir el Bahri. The temple was called Djeser-Djeseru in ancient Egypt, which means “the Holy of Holiest.” It’s situated next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II.

The temple has a unique architecture and the view from up to the valley is amazing.

THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS

The Valley of the Kings.
The Valley of the Kings.

From these three The Valley of the Kings is the most well known. The Valley of the Kings used to be a place for burying the Pharaohs. The area is filled with tombs of Pharaohs and other powerfull nobles of ancient Egypt.

There are 63 tombs in the area. Not all of the tombs are open for the public. The most popular and visited tomb in the Valley of the Kings is a tomb of Tutankhamon (extra cost).

You are allowed to visit three optional tombs with an entrance ticket (Ramses l, lV, Vll, lX, Seti ll, Tawsert/Sethnakhte, Tuthmosis lll, lV, Saptah, Horemoheb, Menttuherkhopshef ).

Some of the tombs have restored and remained in good condition. The tombs you don’t want to miss on your visit to the Valley of the Kings are A tomb of Tutankhamon (KV 62), a tomb of Ramses II sons (KV5), a tomb of Ramses VI (KV9), Seti I (KV 17) & a tomb of Ramses III (KV 11).

If you wish to take pictures inside the tombs, you need to buy permission.

COLOSSI OF MEMNOM

When you go to see the Colossi of Memnon, you’ll see two enormous statues dedicated to Amenhotep III. As you see in the picture below, the statues are destroyed, but still recognizable.

Colossi of Memnon Image By Tim Dellmann

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OTHER PLACES TO VISIT IN LUXOR

If you are doing a solo trip to Luxor, you should also check these sites. These sites are not included to a day trip in Luxor.

LUXOR TEMPLE

Luxor Temple is a temple built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC). Later it was completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC). Also, Ramses II added his temple to the area.

The Temple of Luxor has been dedicated to Amon-Ra.

The Obelisk located in Paris has been moved from the Temple of Luxor.

MALTAKA

A palace complex located in the desert close to Medinet Habu. It was built by Pharaoh Amenhotep III. More information here.

THE RAMESSEUM

The Ramesseum
The Ramesseum, Luxor Egypt.

The Ramesseum temple is located in the West Bank area, Luxor, It’s a memorial or mortuary temple of Pharaoh Ramesses II. The temple was dedicated to Ramesses II himself and God Amon.

The temple is famous for the big statue of Pharaoh Ramesses II. There are also some decorated walls left. Though the temple is fragrant, it’s still worth visiting.

THE TOMBS OF THE NOBLES

The tombs of the nobles is located in the area caller Sheik Abd El-Korna. There are over 400 hundred tombs belonged to nobles from the 6th dynasty to the Graeco-Roman period.

The tombs of the nobles is not a site occupied by big tourists groups. Though it’s rarely visited by big tourists groups there are lots to see.

A must see tombs: Tomb nr. 52 Chapel of Nakht, Tomb nr. 55 Ra-Mose, Tomb nr. 62 Tomb of Menna, Tomb nr. 100 Re-khme–e (Rehmire) & Tob of Sennofer.

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WORKMEN’S VILLAGE | DEHR EL MEDINA

The men who used to decorate the tombs of pharaohs and nobles used to live in this village. They decorated their own tombs. The most impressive tombs are the tombs Sennedjem and Inherkau. Sennedjem’s tomb covered with paintings was discovered in 1886 with 30 mummies.

MEDINAT HABU

In the area of Medinet Habu, you’ll find the mortuary temple of Ramesses III. More information here.

medinet Habu in Luxor Egypt.
Medinet Habu Luxor. Image: Albert Dezetter Pixabay

VALLEY OF THE QUEENS

The wives of pharaohs are buried to the valley of the queens. The most well-known tomb in the valley of the queens is a tomb of Queen Nefertiti. The entrance to the tomb of Nefertiti is 1400 Egyptian pounds.

LUXOR MUSEUM

Archaeological museum of Luxor. Location: Corniche el-Nil, downtown Luxor.

WHERE TO STAY IN LUXOR?

If you are planning to see Luxor properly, stay at least one night. There are lots of Hotels in Luxor, where to choose from. Here are a few recommendations for the hotels/apartments to stay in Luxor. In case you had a great hotel/apartment experience in Luxor, comment and share it with us and I will add it to the list.

LUXURY: SOFITEL WINTER PALACE LUXOR

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
Sofitel winter palace Luxor.

Winter Palace Luxor is located in the banks of the Nile River. This hotel is not the cheapest one, but worth all the money. Winter Palace has been inaugurated on Saturday 19 January 1907. It has been designed by the Italian Architect Leon Stienon.

The hotel has been visited by AGATHA CHRISTIE, who wrote his famous book called Death on the Nile while staying at this hotel. Also, the Egyptologist Howard Carter, who found the tomb of Tutankhamon was staying in Winter Palace Luxor.

Book your room to Sofitel Winter Palace from here.

MID RANGE: NEFERTITI HOTEL LUXOR

Nefertiti Hotel is located in the west bank area, only 10 minutes walk away from the railway station. It’s also close to the airport, which is only 20 kilometres away from the hotel.

Book your room to Nefertiti Hotel from this link.

BUDGET: HOUSE OF DREAMS LUXOR

The house of dreams apartment is a nice and clean apartment in the West Bank of Luxor. It’s ideal for budget travellers with European standards. More information, pictures & booking from this link.


ALL IN ALL, Luxor has a lot to offer for everyone. Even if you are not that interested in history, Luxor is still the place to go once in a lifetime! Did visit Luxor? How did you find it? Comment the post and share your best travel tips to LUXOR EGYPT.

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I have collected here all the important dates and interesting things we are expecting to happen in Egypt in 2020. The list will be updated through the year.

Here we go EGYPT IN 2020 What happens where and when.

UPDATE 4/4/2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, EGYPT HAS CLOSED THE BORDERS AND ALL THE EVENTS ARE CANCELLED FOR NOW UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. READ MORE ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS SITUATION IN EGYPT FROM THIS POST: CORONAVIRUS COVID- 19) IN EGYPT.


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The year 2020 is important and interesting in Egypt for many reasons. This is what we are waiting and hoping to happen in Egypt in 2020:

  • Opening for the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). The museum is expected to be opened in 2020. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet.
  • Egypt’s oldest pyramid the tomb of Pharaoh Djoser is set to be opened for tourists in the first quarter of 2020.
  • Baron Empain Palace in Cairo Heliopolis area is planned to be open for visitors after restoration in February 2020. The restoration of the palace built by in 1911 cost 100 million Egyptian pounds. Here is a good article of the palace’s history from 2012.
  • The tickets for Upper Egypt’s archaeological sites and Museums will be reducted for 50% during the summer season. More information here.
  • Tourists heading back to Sharm El-Sheikh. Over 15 million tourists expected to visit Egypt in 2020. For sure, some of them visit Sharm El-Sheikh.
  • Hurghada Museum is has been inaugurated on 29th of February 2020. More information about the opening ceremony of Hurghada Museum here. Entrance fees to Hurghada Museum: Foreign adults 200 EGP, Foreign child (under 6-years) & students 100 EGP. Egyptian adult 80 EGP, Egyptian child (under 6-years) & students 40 EGP. Click here to read more: Hurghada Museum official website.

For the ones who are planning Egypt tours or a regular holiday, it’s important to aware of public/national holidays in Egypt.

National holidays in Egypt don’t affect much on tourism, but in case you are planning to go to the bank or visa office, for example, you may be in trouble, if you didn’t prepare for holidays.

ATM’s are usually empty during long national holidays, this is why it’s good to get some cash before banks are closed for days.


TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CURRENCY IN EGYPT CHECK THIS POST:

CURRENCY IN EGYPT | EGYPTIAN POUND FAQs


Here is a full list of all the national/public holidays in Egypt in 2020. After the list, there is more information about the holidays and events in Egypt in 2020.

If you notice something worth mentioning missing from the list, leave a comment or e-mail me lifebeyondexpectationsss@gmail.com. And I’ll add it.

NEXT: NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN EGYPT IN 2020



NATIONAL | PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN EGYPT IN 2020

During the national holidays in Egypt schools, banks and government buildings are closed. Also, some of the shops may be closed. Here is a full list for the public holidays in Egypt in 2020.

During the Ramadan, Coptic Christians keep their shops open normally, while Muslim owned may be closed during the Ramadan meals. Read more about the Coptic Christians in Egypt at the end of this post.

  • 7th of January | COPTIC CHRISTMAS DAY |
  • 25th of January | 2011 REVOLUTION DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 19th of April | COPTIC EASTERN |
  • 20th of April| SHAM EL-NESSIM | SPRING FESTIVAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 25th of April | SINAI LIBERATION DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 1st of May | LABOUR DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 23rd-25th of May | EID AL-FITR | THE END OF RAMADAN | 3-Days after the end of Ramadan 2020
  • 20th of August | EL HIJRA | ISLAMIC NEW YEAR | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 30th of June | REVOLUTION DAY AGAINST MURSI IN 2013| PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 23th of July | 1952 REVOLUTION DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 29th of July | ARAFAT DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 31th of July till 3rd of August | EID AL-ADHA | FEAST OF SACRIFICE | 4-DAYS PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 6th of October | ARMED FORCES DAY | PUBLIC HOLIDAY
  • 29th of October | AL-MOULED AL-NABAVY | Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

WHAT HAPPENS IN EGYPT IN 2020? IMPORTANT DATES & MY PICKS FOR EVENTS IN ALL EGYPT FOR 2020

When travelling to Egypt or anywhere, it’s good to know what happens around you, right? If there is a big celebration going on, it’s more interesting if you know why people are celebrating.

In case, you are still planning your Egypt tours or holiday to Egypt, you can make adjustments to your travel itinerary based on this list.

Next: Events in Egypt month by month.



ALL YEAR EVENTS IN EGYPT:

LIGHT SHOW IN PYRAMIDS, KARNAK, EDFU, PHILAE & ABU SIMBEL. MORE INFORMATION AND BOOKINGS: https://soundandlight.show/

EVENTS IN EGYPT 2020 MONTH BY MONTH

JANUARY 2020

EGYPTIAN MARATHON | LUXOR | 17th of January 2020.

HURGHADA MUSEUM OPENING IN 22TH OF JANUARY

REVOLUTION DAY | ALL EGYPT | 25TH OF JANUARY.

25th of January is a public holiday in all Egypt. It’s the day of the Revolution in 2011. In 2011 revolution Egypts’ long ruled president Hosni Mubarak was deposed and he left his Presidential official after being in power for almost 30-years.

FEBRUARY 2020

ABU SIMBEL SUN FESTIVAL | ASWAN EGYPT | 22nd of FEBRUARY 2020

One must place visit in Egypt is Abu Simbel. If are planning Egypt tours in February or October visit Abu Simbel Sun Festival.

Abu Simbel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt. The sun temple of Abu Simple is built by King Ramses II 1250 B.C. Among with the Sun Temple, there are two other temples built for King himself and his wife Queen Nefertiti.

Abu Simbel sun festival is held twice a twice.
Abu Simbel Aswan Egypt. Image: la_pet Pixabay

During Abu Simbel Sun Festival in FEBRUARY AND OCTOBER, the temple will lighten up from inside. The sun lights up the entrance corridor of the temple and three of the four statues at the end of the corridor. Only the statue of Phat (the God of darkness), will remain dark.

After seeing the lightening up of the temple, people gather around to celebrate. There will be eating, dancing and other celebrations.

Ramses II designed his temple to lighten up every year at the same time. Every year it will happen on the 22nd of February and the 22nd of October.

Original dates were 21st of February (RAMSES II throne ascension date and 21st of October (his birthday). Since the temple has been moved by Egyptian authorities in 1964 the dates forwarded for one day.

MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.ask-aladdin.com/egypt-travel-tips/abu-simbel-sun-festival/

NEXT: MARCH IN EGYPT 2020



MARCH 2020

EAZEES | INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S THEATRE FESTIVAL | CAIRO | 23th of March till 29th of March 2020.

Eazees international women’s theatre festival (EIWTF) is a festival concentrating on women issues and exploring them through theatre and stage plays. The festival is held first time in 2020, but it’s planned to be organized yearly.

The programme will consist of 10 both international and Egyptian plays, two each day of the festival.

More information: https://eiwtf.com/

D-CAF | DOWNTOWN CONTEMPORARY ART FESTIVAL | CAIRO | 29th of March till 21st of April 2020.

D-CAF contemporary festival is held in different sites in Cairo Downtown in from 29th of March till 21st of April 2020. It’s a unique contemporary art festival that combines music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature and film.

The aim of the festival is to bring art to the people and connect audience and performances in a new way. There are also workshops and other events.

The festival happens outside of the traditional art venues. During D-CAF You can see performances, events and installations in different sites such as historical buildings and rooftops.

More information, programme, tickets & prices for their website: https://d-caf.org/

APRIL 2020

CAIRO BITES | FOOD FESTIVAL | FAMILY PARK, NEW CAIRO | 10th & 11th of April 2020

The biggest food festival in Egypt. Both local, regional & international foods and drinks.

More information & tickets: https://www.cairobites.com/

3ALGANOOB MUSIC FESTIVAL | Concorde Royal Beach Resort at Ras Sudr | 18-20th of April 2020

A three days long music festival introducing Egyptian modern music artists & bands from different genres.

SHAM EL-NESSIM | ALL EGYPT | 20th of April 2020

Sham El-Nessim (eng. Inhaling the breeze) is celebrated all over Egypt. It’s a national holiday marketing beginning of the spring. Originated from Pharaons traditions and has been celebrated since 2 700 B.C. Though it’s celebrated right after Coptic Eastern, it’s not considered to be a religious event.

During the celebration, people gather together for a picnic to the parks or other green areas. The traditional dishes enjoyed in Sham El-Nessim are salted fish, eggs and onions.

Also, decorating and painting the eggs is a traditional activity done in Sham El-Nessim.

Many Egyptian heads to the beaches and attend different events such as theatre.

MOULID OF ABU EL-HAGGAG | ABU EL-HAGGAG FESTIVAL | LUXOR | Lasts two days and start two weeks before Ramadan (9-11 of May 2020)

Image: Stephen Ficalora Nilescribes

Abu El-Haggag is a festival to honour the birth of a man named Abu El-Haggag (Moulid=birth). Abu El-Haggag managed to convince the authorities not to move the mosque inside the Luxor temple. The Mosque is still there and named after him.

The festival is celebrated by all residents in Luxor and close to it. There is a parade going through the city starting from the Temple of Luxor. The parade is filled with boat-shaped floats, music, colours & cheering. The feast is all about celebrating!

To read more and see the pictures from the Parade: An article written by Stephen Ficaloras‘ about experiences of Abu El-Haggag festival in Luxor.

RAMADAN | MUSLIM’S HOLY MONTH | 23rd of April till 23rd of May 2020

In 2020 Ramadan is expected to start on the 23rd of April and finish on the 23rd of May 2020. The days may vary. The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. During the Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from sunset to sunrise.

Here is more information about the Ramadan in Egypt and how does it affect on tourists visiting Egypt during the Ramadan:

RAMADAN IN EGYPT | WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

MAY 2020

EID AL-FITR | THE END OF RAMADAN | 3-Days after the end of Ramadan 2020 | From 23-25th of May 2020

Eid Al-Fitr is a big celebration at the end of Ramadan. People gather together to eat and celebrate. For Muslim Children Eid is like a Christmas for Christian kids. Children get new clothes and sweets are eaten a lot.

NEXT: JUNE 2020



JUNE 2020

SANDBOX FESTIVAL | ELECTRIC MUSIC FESTIVAL | EL GOUNA | JUNE 2020 ( DATES NOT RELEASED YET)

Sandbox festival has been held yearly in El Gouna since 2013. It’s an electronic music festival on the beach. In the year 2019, there were over 70 local and international DJ’s performing. If you visit El Gouna during the Sandbox festival, you may hear some noise!

JULY 2020

EID AL-ADHA | FEAST OF SACRIFICE | 30th of July till 3rd or August

Eid Al-Adha is the oldest and the most important feast in Muslim Calender. During the holidays all the public places are filled with people, especially beaches and venues in the evenings.

The holiday for celebrating the commemoration of Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. It’s also called Eid Al Lahma in Egypt, Eid Al Lahma means meat feast. During the feast, people buy animals such as cows and slaughter them. Some of the meat is donated to the poor people.

Also, during this Eid, helping poor people is important. Food, clothes and money are donated for poor or homeless people.

AUGUST 2020

WAFAA EL-NIL | ALL AROUND EGYPT (CAIRO & NILE VALLEY)| August 2020

Wafaa El-Nil is a celebration for the Nile river. There will be concerts, poetry and family-friendly happenings through the festivals.

NEXT: SEPTEMBER 2020



SEPTEMBER 2020

EL GOUNA FILM FESTIVAL | EL GOUNA | SEPTEMBER (NO CONFIRMED DATES)

El Gouna Film Festival is usually held in September. The dates for 2020 hasn’t been released yet. Let’s hope the Festival will be set up for 2020.

El Gouna film festival (EFF) gathers both Egyptian and International superstars together to celebrate the movie. Add El Gouna to your Egypt tours programme, there is a chance to see Egyptian and international superstars.

El Gouna Golf tower is a place visit when visiting in El Gouna. View from golf clubs' tower is amazing and totally worth visiting. El Gouna, Hurghada, Egypt, Ägypten, Egypten, Egipt, Egitto
Beautiful sunset from El Gouna golf tower.

OCTOBER 2020

CAIRO JAZZ FESTIVAL | CAIRO | Exact dates for 2020 hasn’t been published.

SIYAHA FESTIVAL | SIWA OASIS | THREE DAYS IN OCTOBER WHEN THE MOON IS FULLEST

The Siyaha Festival is celebrated in Siwa Oasis every year in October when the moon is fullest. The Celebrations lasts for three days. The main idea of the festivals is to celebrate the harvest, settle all old arguments, make peace and honour friendship. People sit down together, eat and pray for three days.

ABU SIMBEL SUN FESTIVAL | ASWAN EGYPT | 21st (22nd) of OCTOBER

Second Abu Simbel Sun Festival will be held on 22nd of October, months after the first one in February. 21st of October is believed to be the birthday of RAMSES II.

AL-MOULED AL-NABAVY | NATIONAL HOLIDAY | 29th of October

Al-Mouled Al-Nabavy also called Moulid El Nabi is Prophet Mohammed’s’ day of birth. It’s celebrated by Muslim all over the world. The day is a national holiday in Egypt. The celebration of Moulid El Nabi starts on the sunset of October 28th of October 2020.

In Egypt, people celebrate Al-Mouled Al-Nabavy with sweets called Halawet Al-Mouled. Also, children get new clothes. Another traditional thing for Egypt is Arouset Al-Mouled, which is the bride shaped doll. The doll is sold in different sizes and shapes.

NOVEMBER

SAHL HASHEESH ENDURANCE FESTIVAL | SAHL HASHEESH | NOVEMBER (NOT EXACT DATES ANNOUNCED)

Sahl Hasheesh endurance festival is usually taken place in November. For the sports fans doing Egypt tours, here is an excellent chance to combine sports & travel. The dates for Sahl Hasheesh endurance in 2020 haven’t been published yet. More information about 2019s’ endurance festival https://www.thetrifactory.com/sahlhasheesh

DECEMBER

December is so far away, that there is nothing announced yet. But I’ll keep the updates on!

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WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA?

There are multiple choices for things you can do in Hurghada on your holiday. Whether you are travelling with kids, friends or alone, there are things to do for everyone in Hurghada. 

Some of the things to do in this list are free and some cost money. Read the list and be inspired, for sure there is something you couldn’t imagine doing.

You decide what’s the best thing for you to do in Hurghada!

Most of the travel agencies sell popular trips, but you can also buy trips and excursions from Hurghada. If you prefer buying your excursion beforehand, you can purchase them through my blog/website. 

If you decide to purchase excursion through the links on my site, I’ll get a small commission. For you, this doesn’t cost any extra. All affiliate links are marked with ***

Before buying any excursions, make sure you or the company has insurance covering possible accidents. 

TOP THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA EGYPT

ALF LEILA WA LEILA-ARABIAN NIGHTS SHOW

For the ones interested in culture and folklore stories. The show seems to be quite pricey and there are lots of different opinions about it. Some say it’s worth going, others don’t recommend.

If you are interested in music, dance, fantasy and history, this show may be the thing for you to try on your holiday to Hurghada.

ATV, QUAD BIKING & BEACH BUGGIES SAFARI

Beautiful landscapes in the desert near Hurghada. Quad biking safari Hurghada Egypt.
Beautiful landscapes in the desert near Hurghada.

One of the most popular things to do in Hurghada is to take a safari trip to the desert with quad bikes (ATV). You get to drive ATVs in the desert, drive a spider buggy and if you choose a longer trip, you get to know and visit Bedouin village and barbeque. 

I did myself 3-hours desert safari trip (you can read more quad biking experience from this post:

HURGHADA EXCURSIONS | QUAD BIKING SAFARI

NOTE! Children under 16-years old are not allowed to drive the vehicles.

Remember to make sure that your insurance covers driving ATV’s and quad bikes.

BARS & CLUBS

One of the things to do in Hurghada, that you may be regretting afterwards is going to Bars and Nightclubs. I don’t mean that nightlife in Hurghada is horrible, but you may get a hang-over from Hurghada. 

If the drinks are made from local Egyptian Vodka, you may suffer from the worst hangover of your life. So, be prepared!

HERE IS A GUIDE TO HURGHADA NIGHTLIFE.

NEXT: BLUE MOON ANIMAL CENTER HURGHADA



BLUE MOON ANIMAL CENTER HURGHADA

When walking around Hurghada you’ll see lots of stray cats and dogs. This is the big problem in all over Egypt. 

Luckily, there are Blue Moon Animal Center in Hurghada, which takes care of the street dogs and cats for free.

You can visit Blue Moon Animal Center on Tuesdays and Sundays from 9.30-12.00. Here is a link from google maps, to see the location.

More information: Blue Moon Animal Center on Facebook.

CRAZY LAND PARK-HIDDEN GEM OF SHERATON STREET

Entrance to an amusement park in HUrghada Egypt
Entrance to Crazy Land Park Hurghada Egypt.

There is a small amusement park on Sheraton Street called Crazy Land Park. If you have been walking on Sheraton Street, you may have noticed the park. It took me very long to get the courage and take a closer look at the park. I’m happy I went in.

Even, I didn’t take any ride, it was a very exciting experience. The rides looked like they weren’t maintained very well, so I didn’t dare to try them. Neither should you, or anyone. But still, the place is worth seeing. The entrance cost only a few pounds and I was happy to pay for it.

If you are travelling with the kids, maybe it’s not the best idea to take them to see the park- They’ll be very disappointed if they aren’t allowed to try the rides.

NEXT: EXPLORE THE CITY WITH MICROBUS



DRIVE AROUND THE CITY WITH MICROBUS

Everyone visiting Egypt should try a microbus. It’s one of the funniest and cheapest things to do in Egypt. The ride costs only a few Egyptian pounds.

Microbuses are a fast and easy way to move around Hurghada.

Read more: HOW TO USE A MICROBUS IN HURGHADA.

SOME OF THE MOST AUTHENTIC THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA ARE TOTALLY FREE.

EXPLORE EL DAHAR

All of these things to see and experience in El Dahar are located around El Dahar Square. El Dahar square in Arabic midan Dahar is the heart of El Dahar. Everything is a walking distance away from it. When you go to visit Dahar, ask a taxi, uber or careem to take you to El Dahar Square (Midan Dahar). Last time I paid 30 Egyptian pounds for Uber from the beginning of Sheraton Street to El Dahar square. If you take a microbus El Dahar square is the last stop. Microbus costs 2 Egyptian pounds from Sheraton to Dahar.
El Dahar square, Hurghada, Egypt.

El Dahar is the oldest part of Hurghada city. Exploring El Dahar is a thing to do itself. Explore the souk, haggle in the Bazaar and buy fresh vegetables from the fruit and vegetable market. 

Among shopping in the souk, there are lots of other things to do in El Dahar. visiting Hurghada Coptic Church is one of them. Visiting the church is free and recommend. Here is also my video from El Dahar.

READ MORE ABOUT EL DAHAR AND HURGHADA COPTIC CHURCH.

EAT EGYPTIAN FOOD

One of the best things to do on holiday is eating. This is my favourite thing to do, everywhere! On holidays you can eat almost anything, without feeling guilty. Try Egyptian food and enjoy the other best restaurants in Hurghada Egypt. 

Koshari is one of the must try foods in Egypt
Image: Dina Said (Wikipedia Commons) Egyptian Kushari or koshari, made of rice, macaroni, and lentils, topped with a spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar, garnished with chickpeas and fried onions

The best Egyptian food in Hurghada is served in Dar Darak Restaurant. The restaurant is located close to Sheraton Road. Don’t let the location confuse you. It’s safe to go to the side streets and enjoy authentic Egyptian food.

If you want to get to know Egyptian fast food try GAD restaurants. You’ll find at least four GAD restaurant in Hurghada. They serve everything from Falafels to burgers.

Read more FOOD IN EGYPT | EGYPTIAN DISHES MUST TRY

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ESCAPE ROOM HURGHADA

EL MAMSHA ESPLANADA MALL 2ND FLOOR

Escape rooms are perfect places to go with the small bunch of people. In Escape roam Hurghada is for 2-7 people at a time. The Escape room is a place where you play the escape game. The idea of the game is to play together with friends, couples or other small groups of people and solve the mystery to get out from the ESCAPE ROOM.

One game last maximum of 60 minutes. If you solve the mystery earlier, the door will be opened. And don’t panic, though the doors are locked you can always leave the room in case of emergency. If you didn’t find your way out of the room in 60 minutes, you’ll be set free anyway.

There are four different themed game rooms in Hurghada Escape Room. If it’s your first visit to Escape room, start from the easiest one and play a more difficult room later.

If you looking for things to do in Hurghada for a couple or group of friends, the Escape room is an excellent choice. More info from their website: https://escaperoomhurghada.com

FELFALA BEACH-OLD SHERATON ROAD HURGHADA

THE BEST SEA VIEW IN HURGHADA

Sit down and admire the beautiful sea view. One of the most photographed places in Hurghada must be Felfala beach. Felfela beach is located in Old Sheraton road between Sheraton road and El Mamsha. The name of the palace comes from the old restaurant called Felfala. 

Old Felfela restaurant in Hurghada Egypt.
Felfela used to be one of the most popular restaurants in Hurghada Egypt.

The restaurant used to be one of the most popular restaurants in Hurghada. Unfortunately, it’s not open anymore.

Felfela beach is located under the small hill, opposite to Granada restaurant. The view from up to the beach and the sea is amazing.

Going down to Felfala beach is actually forbidden, but people still sneak to the beach. When you look down from the up, you see many people swimming and spending time down there.

I recommend you to admire the sea from up instead of going down to the beach on your own. If you decide to go down to the beach, you do it with your own responsibility.

Some people also fish from the Felfala beach. If you are interested in FISHING there is a change to book a fishing trip. Same companies that offer boat trips offer a chance to fish from the boats.

You can see the sea and felfala from behind the fence.

DRIVE A GOLF CART SAHL HASHEESH

Sahl Hasheesh piazza is breath taking.
Piazza in Sahl Hasheesh Egypt.

Sahl Hasheesh is a stunning resort town about 20 km away from Hurghada. You can’t find a place like Sahl Hasheesh from anywhere else. It’s a very peaceful and beautiful resort city, filled with luxury hotels. 

The architecture and the city itself are very unique and totally worth seeing. The most memorable way to explore Sahl Hasheesh is to rent a golf cart. Golf carts are rented by hourly.

VISIT HURGHADA GRAND AQUARIUM

Best place to explore underwater life without going under the water is Hurghada Grand Aquarium. Hurghada aquarium is a good place to visit on a cold winter day. 

Shark feeding show daily at 11.00 and 15.00 in hurghada gran aquarium.
Hurghada Grand Aquarium shark feeding show.

Among seeing underwater life, there are other things to do, especially for the kids. There is a playground, bedouin tent, possibility to ride a camel and you can even dive to tanks and feed the sharks.

I’ve been writing about my visit to Hurghada Grand Aquarium. Read it here:

IS HURGHADA AQUARIUM WORTH VISITING?

HIKING IN RED SEA MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Red Sea mountain trail has been opened in 2019. It’s 170 kilometres long path, which usually takes 10 days to complete. 

You hike with local guides from the Beduin tribes. There are also easier and shorter options if you wish to hike a shorter path. 

More information: https://www.redseamountaintrail.org/

HORSEBACK RIDING IN HURGHADA

Do you want to ride on the beach to sunset? That’s possible to do in Hurghada. There are about ten horse stables in Hurghada who arrange riding trips and classes. 

Here are few, you can contact them all on facebook and ask more details:

SUNNY HORSE STABLE

HORSE RIDING HURGHADA

DESERT HORSE STABLE

HURGHADA MUSEUM

Hurghada Museum has been opened at the beginning of March 2020. The museum is located in the Intercontinental area, close to Hilton Hurghada Resort hotel (location in Google maps.)

There are six departments in the museum from Pharaonic age to Modern Egypt. The building has two floors, one is for the museum and the other for commercial use.

The tickets cost 200 Egyptian pounds for adults, children under 6-years old and foreign students (documentaries required) pay 100 EGP. For the Egyptians, the entrance fee to Hurghada Museum is 80 EGP/adults and 40 EGP children/students.

Hurghada Museum is open daily from 10.00 am till 02.00 pm (14.00) and from 05.00 pm (17.00) until 11.00 pm (23.00). The commercial area is open from 10.00 am until 11.00 pm (23.00).

More information about the museum from this article (in English). Hurghada Museum official website.

IMPRESS THE OTHERS IN HURGHADA BOWLING CENTER

Hurghada Bowling Center is located in El Kawther area. It’s easy to find and most of the taxis know where it is. Bowling Center offers things to do from kids to elderly.

Inside Hurghada Bowling center
Hurghada Bowling Center is located in Bowling Street in El Kawhter area

Among with the bowling, there is a restaurant, cafe, a playing area for kids and games for adults as well.

Read here more details about Hurghada Bowling Center:

THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA-HURGHADA BOWLING CENTER

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Join Hurghada related Facebook groups to get information about What’s going on in the city. And don’t forget to follow lifebeyondex-Hurghada blog on Facebook.

KIDZO PLAYING AREA IN SENZO MALL

While parents and other adults go shopping in Senzo mall, there are things for kids to do. Kids can enjoy themselves in Kidzo playing area. The entrance to KIDZO playing area is free, but if you want to use the games and other activities, you must buy a card where you can charge credit. 

The first time you have to charge a card at least for 50 Egyptian pounds, after that you can charge any amount of money.

There are lots of games and other machines for kids to enjoy themselves.

NEXT: KITESURFING IN HURGHADA EGYPT

KITESURFING IN HURGHADA

Kitesurfing is an activity for the ones who love activities in the sea. There are many Kitesurfing Center around Hurghada. They offer Kitesurfing courses and lessons from the beginners to more experienced ones.

Here is a video of Kitesurfing in Hurghada (Soma Bay) for the ones who are not familiar with the sports.

And here is a list of well-known Kitesurfing schools in Hurghada Egypt.

KITE SCHOOL EGYPT Lessons from 135€ (3 Hours for the beginners).

PLAYKITE Lessons from 45 USD (1 Hour).

HARRY NASH WINDSURF & KITE CENTERS Prices on request.

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LAYING DOWN ON THE BEACH

One thing you are going to do in Hurghada for sure is laying on the beach.

From the city and its surroundings, you’ll find tens of beaches where to lay down.

There are no free public beaches in Hurghada, though most of the hotels have their own private beach for guests to use.

Read more: THE BEST BEACHES IN HURGHADA EGYPT

MARINA

View from Hurghada Marina.
Hurghada New Marina in the evening.

Hurghada new Marina isn’t that new anymore, but it’s still one of the places must visit in Hurghada. If the nights are getting bored, go to explore Hurghada Marina. More about Hurghada Marina from this post.

There you can see the biggest boats, stroll without being harassed by taxis and enjoy food, drinks or coffee. Whatever you like.

GIFTUN ISLANDS: MAHMAYA, PARADISE & ORANGE BAY

One of the most popular excursions Hurghada Egypt is definitely a boat trip to Giftun Islands. Giftun Island is an island close to Hurghada about 1-hour boat trip (depends on a beach). 

It has three beaches/areas called MAHMYA, PARASIDE AND ORANGE BAY. 

Paradise Island Hurghada Egypt
Paradise Island.

A day trip to the island costs about Egyptian pounds and include lunch, snorkelling and beach entrance. The trip starts in the morning and you come back around 3.00 (pm).

There are different variations, you can either spend the all-day in the islands or visit Island for a few hours and the rest of the day at the sea snorkelling or diving from the boat.

Here are a few examples of the most popular excursion to Giftun Islands, Paradise Island and Orange Bay. 

These links below are affiliate links (marked with ***). In case you book your trip to Islands or anywhere through these links, I’ll get a small commission. For you, this doesn’t cost any extra.

ORANGE BAY SNORKELING TRIP WITH LUNCH***

Duration for seven hours, pick up between 7:30-8.00 am.

Includes lunch & soft drink on the board, use of snorkelling equipment and assistance. More info from the link above.

GIFTUN ISLANDS SNORKELING TRIP WITH LUNCH***

Duration for 9 hours. Includes pick-up and drop-off, lunch, soft drinks, mineral water & guide assistance. A Change to see the dolphins. More info from the link above.

MAGAWISH & GIFTUN ISLANDS FULL DAY SNORKELING TRIP***

Duration for 9 hours. Includes two snorkelling spots on the Red Sea and visit Giftun Islands. More info from the link above.

The best time to take these trips is from March to December. If you book your trip for a cold and windy day, don’t forget to pack warmer clothes with you. My friends went to the sea trip last January and they were freezing all day. You have been warned!

NEXT: MINI EGYPT PARK & SAND CITY HURGHADA

MINI EGYPT PARK & SAND CITY HURGHADA

Both Mini Egypt and Sand City Hurghada are outdoor “museums” where you can see miniatures of famous buildings and monuments made of sand and other materials.

MINI EGYPT PARK is located in MAKADI BAY area, about 30 minutes away from Hurghada International Airport. It’s open 10.00 am to 07.00 (19.00) pm.

If you book your ticket to Mini Egypt Park from their website, the price includes pick-up. From Hurghada, a ticket with a pick-up for Adults is 20 €. Unfortunately, they don’t have a decent price list from their website.

Here is a video from the park, in case you are interested to take a look around.

SAND CITY HURGHADA is located in the hotel area close to Senzo Mall. It’s open daily from 09.00 am to 05.00 (17.00) pm. They have big sculptures made of sand from Sponge Bob to Sphinx. I didn’t find the prices for Sand City Hurghada from their websites. But I found information that it cost 10 USD to get in. Here is a link to their website, if you want to take a closer look. 

MOVIE THEATRES IN HURGHADA

Watching a movie is always a good thing to do in Hurghada and anywhere. Especially if you’ve burned yourself in the sun and looking for a place to hide from the sun. 

There are two movie theatres in Hurghada. One in Hurghada City Center Shopping mall, that shows English movies and the other in Sheraton Road (Sea Gull Movies) that shows only Egyptian/Arabic movies. Whether you choose, both are experiences.

Hurghada city center shopping mall
Hurghada city center shopping mall.

NEGOTIATE-HAGGLE ABOUT THE PRICES

The most authentic thing to do in Hurghada is to haggle. Haggling is a part of the culture and expected. If you’re unfamiliar with haggling take a look at my guide for HAGGLING IN EGYPT AND ANYWHERE

WITH KIDS: OASIS MOTHERS CLUB IN EL KAWTHER

There are not too many playgrounds in Hurghada. For sure your hotel resort may have one, but if not you can always visit Oasis Kids Club in El Kawther area close to El Mamsha.

Oasis Mothers Club is open daily and is located downstairs of Regency Towers Compound. 

Here is a link to their facebook pages to take a closer look

If you are staying in El Gouna, there is an indoor playing area for kids called Cheeky Monkeys. More information here.

PROMENADE EL MAMSHA

Mamsha promenade in hurghada Egypt
Mamsha is one of the best places to stroll in Hurghada

Stroll around the Mamsha. El Mamsha in four kilometres long walking district, from where you find shops and restaurants. It’s a perfect place for a nice evening stroll. 

For the kids, there are small cars for rent to drive around. Be careful with this, you may have to spend lots of time there.

HAVE AN  EGYPTIAN COFFEE & SHISHA IN A LOCAL COFFEE SHOP

One of the most local things to do in Hurghada is to sit down to a local coffee shop. You find a coffee shop around every corner.

Sit down, enjoy Egyptian coffee and smoke shisha. Most of the coffee shops have their own Shisha masters. There are many tobacco flavours to choose from. 

In Hurghada and other tourist resorts, coffee shops are open for everyone. Even most of the customers are men, women are welcomed to enjoy the beverages.

Egyptians have their coffee from the small cups. The taste is quite different from Nescoffee. This is why you should absolutely taste Egyptian coffee.

NEXT: SCUBA DIVING IN HURGHADA

SCUBA DIVING IN THE RED SEA

S is definitely for SCUBA DIVING. The Red Sea is one of the most popular places in the world among scuba divers. Scuba divers all around the world come to enjoy Egypt and it’s amazing diving spots. There are millions of brilliant choral and fishes waiting for you in the red sea.

Here is a full list of Hurghadas’ diving sites:

http://divescover.com/dive-sites/egypt/hurghada

If you wish to start or try diving in Hurghada, it’s quite affordable compared to many other countries. Whether you are beginners or a more experienced diver, there are lots to explore in the Red Sea.

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SNORKELLING IN THE RED SEA

If you don’t mind scuba-diving, you can still peak to Red Sea underwater life. The snorkeling facilities in Hurghada are amazing. You won’t find a hotel from Hurghada centre with chorals close to the beach, but you can always book a boat trip.

If you wish to stay in a hotel with beach access to coral reefs, take a look at the hotels in Sahl Hasheesh. There is also an artificial underwater snorkeling site built in Sahl Hasheesh. 

TO READ MORE ABOUT SAHL HASHEESH AND ITS’ HOTELS CHECK THIS POST: SAHL HASHEESH | A GEM OF THE RED SEA

WAKEBOARDING AT SLIDERS CABLE PARK IN EL GOUNA

The coolest place in El Gouna is probably The Sliders cable park. There you can wakeboard, enjoy the pool, visit their a unique aquapark or restaurant services. 

I wish I have the courage to visit there someday. It looks so cool and also hard. Check their website and this video to see what I mean. Sliders Cable Park is located in El Gouna about 25 kilometres away from Hurghada. It’s open every day from 9.30 am to 06.00 (18.00) pm.

SLIDERS AQUAPARK IN EL GOUNA

In Elgouna next Sliders Cable Park, you have a chance to visit the most unique aquaparks in the world. Sliders aquapark is a unique floating aquapark. It’s open daily from 09.00 am to 06.00 (18.00) am. 

One hour costs 12 € for adults and 8 € for children under 16 years old.

Two hours costs 18 € for adults (+16) and 12 € for children.

More information: https://www.slidersaquapark.com/

NEXT: SHOPPING IN HURGHADA

SHOPPING AROUND THE CITY

Who wouldn’t like to shop around on their holidays? When I was younger, it was the only thing I wanted to on my holiday. That’s not me anymore, but I admit that shopping on a holiday is not that bad. 

In Hurghada, there are lots of things to buy and places to shop.

The biggest shopping area in Hurghada is Sheraton Road, from where you find everything from spices to fake design clothes, bags and shoes.

If you want to shop in the air-conditioned shopping center there are two of them in Hurghada. One is about 10 kilometres away from the city center (Senzo Mall). The other is in Arabia area, next to Hilton Hotel (Hurghada city center shopping mall).

To read more check this post: THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN HURGHADA EGYPT

SUBMARINE

In Hurghada, you have a chance to experience the real Submarine. You can book your submarine excursion from Sindbad Hotel in El Mamsha. 

There is also Glass boat excursion sold in Hurghada, which can also be a nice experience. But, if I could choose, I would definitely go with a submarine.

If you are claustrophobic the submarine is probably the best place to go.

VISIT EL GOUNA

El Gouna is one of the most beautiful places in Red Sea area.
El Gouna, Egypt.

El Gouna is another Red Sea resort close to Hurghada. You can easily take a one day trip to El Gouna.  For the kids, El Gouna has an Indoor playing area called Funky Monkey. There is a marina and “city center” downtown to explore. 

Both have lots of restaurants, clubs and bars to try. Stroll in the Marina and see the biggest yatches in the Red Sea. Rent a bicycle and drive around the city.

More about El Gouna: EL GOUNA | AN ULTIMATE GUIDE

AQUA PARKS IN HURGHADA

The best thing to do for the whole family in Hurghada is definitely Water Park.

Jungle Aquapark, Makadi Bay Water World & Sindbad are probably the most popular ones in the area. There are other ones as well.

Most likely, you’ll get the tickets cheaper if you buy them straight from the water parks. You just need to arrange transportation yourself. A day ticket usually covers all-inclusive facilities (eg. food, drinks, entrance).

Jungle Aquapark is one of the biggest water parks in Hurghada Egypt. It is located close to Senzo Mall, about 10 kilometres away from the city center (Airport). 

It has lots of pool and 35 slides (21 for adults and 14 for kids). You can visit aquapark for a day. The price is approximately 40 $ USD, in case you book the ticket through a tour operator. 

Here is a link to a video from Jungle Aquapark, looks amazing right?

MAKADI BAY WATER WORLD

Makadi Bay water world is the biggest aqua park close to Hurghada. It’s located in Makadi Bay area, about 30 kilometres away from Hurghada. It’s a little bit far away, but if you are the water parks lover, you should visit Makadi Bay Aquapark. 

There are about 50 slides for both adults and children. More information from TripAdvisor

SINDBAD AQUA PARK

Sindbad Aquapark is the smallest and also the cheapest aqua parks in the area. It’s located in El Mamsha, close to everything. If you are travelling with small kids, Sindbad may be the best choice for you. The pool for kids is nice and the park itself isn’t too big. More information and pictures from Tripadvisor. 

ALL IN ALL, THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS TO DO IN HURGHADA EGYPT, RIGHT? 

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The first times, when you need to haggle and negotiate about the prices in Egypt or anywhere it may feel hard and uncomfortable. Or moreover strange. Probably you don’t have any idea how to haggle in Egypt or anywhere. Especially if you are not used to doing it. Here are the best tips for haggling in Egypt and anywhere.


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Some parts of the world, haggling is the norm. If you travel to Egypt, China, Turkey, Indonesia or Thailand you are expected to bargain. Some parts it’s not. This is why it’s good to know the basic rules for haggling. After reading this post, you’ll feel more comfortable and less stressed about negotiating the prices. So, here you are:

The best tips for how to haggle in Egypt and anywhere.

I have good news for the ones, who are not used to haggle or bargain. Even the beginning may feel hard and sticky. Haggle, bargain and negotiate and you’ll get better! More you haggle the better you became.

So, here are my tips for becoming a professional haggler in Egypt and anywhere!

NEXT: WHAT IS HAGGLING?

WHAT IS HAGGLING?

Haggling is also called bargaining. Haggling is negotiating about the price of a product. The negotiating usually happens between the seller and the buyer. Together they try to accomplish and decide the price, that is suitable for both parties. In the end, both sides should feel good and satisfied.

WHEN YOU SHOULD HAGGLE?

Like said, in Egypt, you are expected to haggle and bargain. If there are no price tags try to get the best price. When buying souvenirs and other things sold for tourists, there is no need to be shy. You are expected to haggle. If you don’t, the only one who’s happy is a vendor.

Even, it may feel embarrassing in the beginning, continue. It’s not rude. Haggling is a big show and not everyone is good at it (including me). The vendor has been acting like this for years and knows what he’s doing. But also you’ll learn, who knows how good you are going to be after one week of haggling.

Take it as an experience of negotiation. Forget all the negative things concerning haggling and let go! Enjoy! It is supposed to be fun!

how to haggle. Souks and bazaars are the best places to improve haggling skills.
Souks and bazaars are the best places to improve haggling skills. Image: Metwallyphotos (Wikimedia commons)

WHEN NOT TO BARGAIN?

If the shop has fixed prices, there is no need to haggle. Also restaurants, cafes or bars are not the best places to put the price down.

A good rule to remember is: If there is some service included, don’t bargain.

Don’t start haggling, if you are not going to buy anything. It’s a waste of time.

Also, if the thing you are about to buy is very cheap already, it’s not probably worth haggling. For example, the glass bottles filled with sand are so cheap in Egypt, that I would rather pay some extra than try to put the price down.

NEXT: HOW TO HAGGLE? THE BASIC RULES FOR HAGGLING IN EGYPT AND ANYWHERE



HOW TO HAGGLE? THE BASIC RULES FOR HAGGLING IN EGYPT AND ANYWHERE

Haggling can be hard and sometimes people who are not used to haggle may make mistakes. It’s acceptable. To avoid mistakes, get to know the currency you are dealing with. Also, don’t show all your money to the vendor, if I go shopping I have little money every pocket.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CURRENCY IN EGYPT.

When talking about haggling mistakes, I want to a mistake I remember forever

I was in Hurghada Egypt for a holiday with my friend. We went shopping wanted to buy sunglasses from a street vendor.  We were negotiating a lot and finally, we managed to make a deal with him. Let’s say we ended up paying 30 Egyptian pounds for sunglasses. When it was time to pay, I noticed that I had only 25 Pounds with me. I had bigger notes but somehow I thought that he doesn’t have change (I don’t know why).

Even my friend didn’t have small money with her. So, I started to bargain again and offered him 25 LE. instead of 30 which we had dealt about. He became very angry. He started to shout at us and refused to sell the glasses.

CONTINUE TO READ THE BASIC RULES FOR HAGGLING

The First rule is: Don’t change the price after you have made a deal, as I did. What I learned from this, don’t continue haggling after the price has settled.

The second rule: Don’t show your interest in a certain product.

This is probably the hardest one. When you visit a shop and see something interesting you want to buy, hide your enthusiasm. You need to act like you are not interested. Ask the prices of many products and not just one. When the seller notice you want something really badly, the price will go higher, for sure.

The third rule: Offer half or less of what you are prepared to pay.

Before starting, think what is the highest price you are willing to pay? What is the product worth for you? How much you are willing to pay?

Start haggling from the half of the price you are prepared to pay. Ask around the prices from a few shops or go to visit big souvenir shops with fixed prices to have a clue about the prices. Shops with fixed prices are usually a little bit more expensive than the shops with negotiable prices.

If you know some locals, you can always ask if they know what the goods cost. It’s even better if you have a TRUSTED local with who to shop.

THINKS WHAT IS THE PRICE YOU ARE WILLING TO PAY

The fourth rule: Let the seller set up the first price.

Let the seller say the first price, most likely it’s possible to get the thing at least for half of the price he asks.

Some sellers start from really high prices! They know people expected to get at least half of, so the price they ask in the beginning can be even 10-times higher.

They may even claim that the Gucci bag you are interested in to buy is original not a replica. Don’t fall on these tricks!

The fifth rule: Don’t give up easily.

Start from the low and bargain until you both are happy. After the seller has set up the first price, tell your own offer. Continue until you both are happy.

Remember that the main goal for the seller is to sell something, neither or you are happy if you leave the shop without buying anything. Walk away with a smile and in the end, everyone is happy.

The sixth rule: Don’t get angry or annoyed.

Haggling is a big theatre and you have a big role to play. Be shameless but in a good way. Smile! Fight for the price and don’t give up easily.

Be polite and if you know any local words use them.

The seventh rule: There is no need to feel embarrassed.

There is no need to feel embarrassed. For the ones, who are not used to haggle, first haggling in Egypt may feel uncomfortable. But when you get used to it, it can be fun. In Egypt, it is ok and expected to bargain. If the shop has fixed prices, there is no need to haggle.

The Eight rule: If start to feel uncomfortable, walk away.

You can always walk away in case you start to feel uncomfortable. Haggling is supposed to be like a good negotiation, dramatic yes, but not uncomfortable.

If you feel like you’re pushed to buy something, you don’t want, there is no need to continue, just because you want to be polite.

The ninth rule:

Most use walking away as a negotiating tactic. If the negotiating doesn’t go anywhere, leave the shop. usually, the seller goes after you, if he doesn’t, he’s not willing to sell the product for the price you want. You can always return back later.

The tenth rule: Have fun!

This the most important rule. Have fun! Don’t take it too seriously!

The purpose of haggling is to find a price that makes you and the seller happy.

Here were my tips for how to haggle in Egypt and anywhere. Do you have more tactics to share with us?

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HURGHADA WEATHER IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER https://www.lifebeyondex.com/post/hurghada-weather-in-november-and-december/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hurghada-weather-in-november-and-december https://www.lifebeyondex.com/post/hurghada-weather-in-november-and-december/#comments Sun, 03 Nov 2019 19:09:00 +0000 http://heinih4.sg-host.com/?p=2163 What's the weather like in November and December. What to pack. Christhmas and New Year in Hurgahda.

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In this post: What’s Hurghada weather in November and December like? Scroll down to see the average temperatures and What to pack for November and December. At the end of the post, I’ll tell you more about the Christmas in Hurghada Egypt.

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HURGHADA WEATHER IN NOVEMBER

November is my favourite month of the year. Christmas is close, and the weather in November in Hurghada is perfect. No need to keep air-conditioning on day and night. No more sweating 24/7. The sun shines and warms, but it’s not burning hot anymore. I seriously love November in Egypt.

November is one of the best months to travel to Egypt. And it is also the rainiest month of the year.

A city of Hurghada has a lot to offer for the ones visiting #hurghada #egypt.Hurghada is popular holiday destination among tourists all around the world.
Hurghada is a popular holiday destination, because of its’ crystal clear waters and all year round sunshine.

But don’t worry, it’s only a 1.3% chance that it’s raining in November in Hurghada, Egypt. If it rains, it usually doesn’t last long. For sure the rain won’t ruin our holiday in Egypt. I actually love the rain in Egypt, it’s so rare.

If it rains on your holidays in Egypt, you get to experience something special.

The highest average temperature in November is 28 Celsius degrees (82.4 F) and the lowest 17 Celsius degrees (62.6 F). This means that the days are hot but not too hot. It’s pleasantly warm, and you can enjoy the sun all day long.

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NEXT: WHAT TO PACK FOR EGYPT IN NOVEMBER?

WHAT TO PACK FOR EGYPT IN NOVEMBER?

Pack your favourite summer clothes and enjoy the Egyptian sun.

For the evenings it’s good to pack something little warmer. A jacket, cardigan, sweater, long pants, tights anything you feel comfortable wearing. Don’t forget to pack sun lotion and mosquito repellent, you’ll need them. You can buy them from the pharmacies in Egypt also.

Here is a tip to make sure that you are paying the right amount in the pharmacy. The price of every product sold in the pharmacies must be written at the bottom of the packet. This is the price, they must sell you the product for you (picture below).

Pharmacies in Egypt.
The price of the product sold in pharmacies in Egypt should be written in the packet.

There are no different prices for foreigners, even they may tell you. The price at the packet is the price everyone should pay. It’s a law.

HURGHADA WEATHER AVERAGES IN NOVEMBER:

  • Highest Temperature: 28C(82.4 F)
  • Lowest Temperature: 17C (62.6 F)
  • Average temperature: 22C(71.6 F)
  • Precipitation: 3.5 mm
  • Humidity: 51 %
  • Wind: 19 km/h
  • Pressure: 1015 Mbar
  • Dew point: 11 Celsius degrees
  • Daylight hours: 11 hours
  • Seawater temp: 26 C (78.8 F)

November weather forecast from ACCUWEATHER (OPENS IN NEW WINDOW)

CONTINUE TO READ ABOUT DECEMBER IN HURGHADA.

In November the sun rises around 06.00 am and the darkness comes around 17.00 (05.00 pm). If you wake up early, you have 11 hours to enjoy the daylight.

Maximum average temperatures in Hurghada Egypt.
Maximum average temperatures in Hurghada Egypt.

HURGHADA WEATHER AVERAGES IN NOVEMBER:

  • Highest Temperature: 28C(82.4 F)
  • Lowest Temperature: 17C (62.6 F)
  • Average temperature: 22C(71.6 F)
  • Precipitation: 3.5 mm
  • Humidity: 51 %
  • Wind: 19 km/h
  • Pressure: 1015 Mbar
  • Dew point: 11 Celsius degrees
  • Daylight hours: 11 hours
  • Seawater temp: 26 C (78.8 F)

November weather forecast from ACCUWEATHER (OPENS IN NEW WINDOW)

CONTINUE TO READ ABOUT DECEMBER IN HURGHADA.

HURGHADA WEATHER AVERAGES IN DECEMBER:

  • Highest Temperature: 24C(75.2 F)
  • Lowest Temperature: 13C(55.4 F)
  • Average temperature: 18C(64.4 F)
  • Precipitation: 0.0 mm
  • Humidity: 51 %
  • Wind: 19 km/h
  • Pressure: 1017 Mbar
  • Dew point: 8 Celsius degrees
  • Daylight hours: 10.5 hours
  • Seawater temp: 24.5 C (76.1 F)

DECEMBER 2019 weather forecast from ACCUWEATHER (OPENS IN NEW WINDOW)

Minimum average temperatures in Hurghada Egypt.
Minimum average temperatures in Hurghada Egypt.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN HURGHADA

Like told earlier, I’ve spent many Christmases in Egypt. Even though the majority of Egyptians don’t celebrate Christmas, you can’t run away from it in Egypt either.

There is Christmas decoration around the city, and you can even listen to Christmas song. Also, everyone wishes MERRY CHRISTMAS for you.

Coptic Christians in Egypt are celebrating Christmas 7th of January.

More about Coptic Christians from this post: Orthodox Coptic Church in Hurghada

If you are staying at the hotel, there will be 99% sure Christmas gala dinner and celebrations.

Also, most of the restaurants arrange Christmas dinner, which usually includes fancy dinner with starters and desserts. In case, you want to go for a Christmas dinner, there are lots of options. Ask around the prices for Christmas dinner Hurghada Marina is a good place to start.

Since Christman is celebrated on different days in different countries, many restaurants set up Christmas dinner on 24th or 25th or both.



Remember to confirm the day when making a reservation. For most of the places, you need to a reservation for Christmas dinner.

What comes to NEW YEAR’S EVE in Hurghada, I’d say it’s similar to Christmas. There are New Years dinners and celebrations both in hotels and restaurants around the city.

Since the New Year celebration is more nightclubs orientated compared to Christmas, check my guide for Hurghada Nightlife.

If you wish to go clubbing on New Year’s Eve, it’s better to reserve a table or at least buy a ticket beforehand. Bars and nightclubs in Hurghada are crowded in New Year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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FLIGHTS TO EGYPT | AN ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR BOOKING CHEAP TICKETS ONLINE https://www.lifebeyondex.com/post/cheap-flights/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cheap-flights https://www.lifebeyondex.com/post/cheap-flights/#respond Sat, 02 Nov 2019 20:16:00 +0000 http://heinih4.sg-host.com/?p=2524 How to find the cheapest flights to Egypt and anywhere? The best tips for booking the perfect flights for you.

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In this post, I tell you all the tricks and tips I use for finding the most affordable and best flights to Egypt or anywhere around the world.

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I’ve booked trillions of flights to Egypt and everywhere around the world. Anyone who has booked flights online knows that booking cheap flights online is hard work.

It’s also rewarding. After spending hours and hours in front of your computer, you find the perfect flights.

WHAT IS A PERFECT FLIGHT FOR ME?

For me, the perfect flight is both cheap and easy. With easy I mean fast. I want to get to my destination as fast as possible. I always try to choose the airline with good connections. I don’t want to spend hours sleeping on uncomfortable airport benches or wandering around while waiting for the next flight.

Those days are gone, now I want to travel comfortable and I’m ready to pay a few extra pounds for it.

The more time you spend at the airport the more money you going to consume for food and drinks. Shopping is also a good way to waste time.

Remember that the cheapest way isn’t always the easiest or the best one.

How to book the cheapest and best flights for you online? Flights to Egyot.
The cheapest flight isn’t always the best one for you. Image: Pixabay

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BOOKING THE FLIGHTS FROM LOW-COST AIRLINES

I have learned my lesson during the years. When I was younger, I used to book always the cheapest tickets I found to Egypt and anywhere else I was flying. I thought I was SAVING MONEY, but at the end using low-cost airlines became more expensive than direct or faster but more expensive flights.

First of all the CONNECTION TIMES can be horrible. You have nothing to do at the airport, and in the end, you have drunk and eaten the money you saved on the ticket.

When using low-cost airlines, there are usually HIDDEN FEES, which you see at the end of the reservation. You are paying extra for everything: luggage, boarding, meals, drinks and even paying is charged depending on your paying method.

Also, they tend to use smaller airports, located far away from the cities. TRANSPORTATION from the airport to your accommodation may become expensive, especially if you’re landing at night. To avoid this, Google the airport and research before booking from Low-cost airlines.

Whether you’re planning to fly with low-cost airlines or standard ones you can save the money when booking the tickets: So, Here you are; my tips for booking the cheapest and best flight for you.

NEXT: HOW TO BOOK CHEAP FLIGHTS TO EGYPT? TIPS FOR BOOKING THE BEST AND CHEAPEST TICKETS

HOW TO BOOK CHEAP FLIGHTS TO EGYPT? TIPS FOR BOOKING THE BEST AND CHEAPEST AIRLINE TICKETS ONLINE

1. CLEAN YOUR BROWSING HISTORY AND DELETE COOKIES

This is the trick I always use. When you are browsing and looking for the FLIGHTS ONLINE, you may have noticed that the PRICES GO UP CONSTANTLY. In reality, they aren’t. I’ll explain why.

When browsing on the internet, you’ll leave a mark called a cookie to every website you visit. Websites collect cookies and track your moves on the internet. The websites you have visited know where you want to fly and when. Crazy, right?

To make you buy the flights, the websites but prices up constantly. This makes you scared, panic and you want to buy the tickets as fast as possible to save the money. 

To avoid this happening, you should clear your browsing history and delete the cookies before booking and searching online.

You can also search in the INCOGNITO window. When browsing incognito Google or the other search engine you are using can’t track you. This means there are no data from your searches. No cookies, no higher prices.

And don’t forget the fact that the prices actually change if you wait for days or weeks.

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Clearing your cookies before booking a holiday can save you HUNDREDS with popular travel sites

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2. PLAN AND BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS EARLY ENOUGH

Start planning your trip early enough. The earlier you book your airline tickets, the lower the price is. BUT if you are planning to fly with charter flights, it’s better to wait for a little bit. If there are free seats on the plane, you may get very cheap last-minute holiday flights.

Of course, there is always a risk of selling out. If you wait for too long, you might end up without tickets.

Most of the airline companies have the option to choose flexible travel dates (usually +-3 days). If you are searching the airline tickets with your phone, it will give you fewer options, since the interface is more restricted compared to the computer. Some airline companies show the prices for all the month when searched with a computer.

NEXT: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL?

3. AVOID TRAVELLING ON HIGH-SEASON AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

It’s more expensive to flight everywhere during the public holidays such as Christmas, New Year and Eastern. If possible, avoid travelling when everyone else is travelling too.

If it’s impossible, book your ticket early enough. With these flights, you shouldn’t wait. Usually, I’m paying at least 25% if I have to buy flights to Egypt over Christmas time.

4. USE THE BEST SEARCH ENGINES TO FIND THE CHEAPEST FLIGHTS

When I’m booking flights to Egypt for myself, I compare the prices from the best flight search engines. I usually use BOOKING BUDDY to find the best routes for me. You can choose from different airline search engines and pick up your favourite one.

In this site BOOKING BUDDY, you see all the best search engines with one search.

If you purchase your flights through my website, I may get a small commission. For you, it doesn’t cost any extra. It just saves your time and nerves.

5. DON’T FORGET TO THINK ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT

Flying isn’t the most ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY thing to do, but if you are stuck between the flights and can’t decide which one to choose, choose the one which is most direct. It’s good to avoid flying there and back.

I mean that even if the airline tickets are cheap it’s not necessarily a good idea to fly to the opposite direction you are going to. It is also time-consuming.

If there are no direct flights available, choose the one which is most direct. Your time is valuable and so is the environment.

If possible choose the direct flight. First of all, direct flights are faster, easier and cheaper. It’s also a better choice environment. 

NEXT: WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

6. COMPARE-WHAT DO YOU GET? WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

Like said earlier, the cheapest flight isn’t always the best option. So remember to COMPARE, COMPARE AND COMPARE. Check which option gives the best value for money. What does the price include? Does it include luggage, meals or drinks? What about visas? How many baggages can you check-in? How much can your baggage weight? What about extra kilos?

Once I booked a cheap ticket to Egypt for my mom and at the end, she had to pay 70 Euros for extra weight. And it was just a few kilos extra weight. There was nothing she could have left at the airport, she just had to pay. This is one of the reasons I’m flying often with Turkish Airlines, you are allowed to check-in luggage for 30 kilos. That’s a lot!

7. JOIN FACEBOOK GROUPS

Seriously people are selling their flying tickets on Facebook. I’m a member of many Egypt facebook groups and once in a while, someone is selling their tickets to Egypt.

Most likely they’ve bought non-returnable tickets, can’t travel and don’t want to lose their money. Because some of the airlines allow you to change the name on the ticket for an extra cost, it’s better to sell the ticket and get at least something back. This is how my friend got cheap flights to Egypt for herself.

Off course, there is always a risk to lose your money if you buy something from a stranger online. So be cautious!

8. FOLLOW AIRLINE COMPANIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

When there is a flight sale, a new campaign or something else people should now it’s on social media. Follow airline companies on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter! And don’t forget to like my page on Facebook!  For subscribing my blog: Scroll down the page!

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Before sales stars, you should be informed. If there is a special deal coming, airfare companies usually send a notice beforehand!

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What are the best fish and seafood restaurants in Hurghada Egypt? Which restaurant serves the best seafood in Hurghada? How much does it cost? And what are the restaurants like?

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Here in this post, I will introduce five of my favourite seafood restaurants in Hurghada, Egypt.

I have visited and tested them all myself. If you are planning to go out to eat fish or seafood in Hurghada, these restaurants are a safe choice and for sure you get good fish.

TOP 5 FISH AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANTS IN HURGHADA, EGYPT in random order.

AL SHERAA FISH RESTAURANT

HEFNY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

HALAKA FISH RESTAURANT

EL MINA FISH RESTAURANT

STAR FISH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT



AL SHERAA FISH RESTAURANT

Al Sheraa Fish Restaurant locates next to Sherry Street close to Sheraton Street (google maps link here).

My first visit to Al Sheraa fish restaurant was kind of an accident. We were planning to go to another fish restaurant, which we never managed to find, luckily. After walking for so long around the small street behind Sheraton Street, I was ready to eat whatever.

You know the feeling when you are so hungry that you could eat almost anything. This was me when we went to have dinner at Al Sheraa Fish restaurant.

El Sheraa is one of my favourite fish & seafood restaurants in Hurgahada Egypt.
Al Sheraa Fish restaurant is located in the side street close to Sherry Street and Sheraton Road.

First, I was a little suspicious towards the restaurant, because there was no-one inside when we entered. An empty restaurant is not usually a good sign. Anyways, we decided to stay and soon more people started to come in to enjoy the seafood.

Also, some people came to buy fish to cook at home. Takeaway meals were also delivered. So the first impression of the empty restaurant was crushed in minutes.

As soon as we went to sit on the tables, a waiter came to get our order. We choose to have fish fillets meals, I took mine fried and my companion took fish grilled. One portion was only 45 Egyptian pounds, not bad at all (prices may have changed since my visit.).

El Sheraa is one of the best fish restaurants in Hurghada, Egypt.
El Sheraa fish restaurant grilled fish with rice.

Food came relatively fast; I was so happy to eat! Fish tasted good. For sure I will visit Al Sheraa fish restaurant again. It’s not far away from Sheraton Street, so if you are hungry and want good fish fast, visit Al Sheraa fish restaurant. I highly recommend El Sheraa fish restaurant.

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HEFNY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

It’s not a submarine, it’s Hefny seafood restaurant and it looks like a submarine. If you don’t remember the food, for sure you will remember the exterior. I remember going there first about ten years ago.

After this, I have been going to Hefny now and them. And now it was time to go to the submarine restaurant again.

Hefny is one of the most popular seafood restaurants in Hurghada Egypt.
Hefny seafood restaurant looks like a submarine both inside and outside.

Directions: Hefny Seafood restaurant locates at the end of the Sheraton Street close to Sakkala square (Sakala square, Sackalla square). You turn right from the Sakala Square, towards El Mina mosque and your back is towards Sheraton Street. Continue until you reach Hefny on your left side, at the end of the street. Most of the taxi drivers and citizens of Hurghada knows were Hefny is, just ask if you don’t find it. 

Hefny Seafood restaurant in one of the best and authentic seafood restaurants in HUrghada Egypt.
Hefny menu, the food in Hefny seafood restaurant is good and affordable.

So, last time in Hefny we made it big and took soups as a starter. I had a Molokhiya soup with Shrimps. Molokhiya is a traditional Egyptian soup, which you should definitely try in Egypt. It’s one of the most famous foods in Egypt, one could say that it’s the national food of Egypt among with Koshari and Ful Medammes.

Read more about the food in Egypt from this post:

FOOD IN EGYPT-EGYPTIAN DISHES YOU MUST TRY IN EGYPT

My Shrimp molokhiya was very good, though it was super salty. It doesn’t look very good in the picture, but it’s totally worth trying. My friend had a seafood soup, which was also very good, but it needed more salt. Maybe I got all the salt to my molokhiya.

Next time I will take shrimp molokhiya soup again. Shrimp molokhiya was excellent, especially with Egyptian flatbread.

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Molokhiya is a tradional Egyptian soup worth trying.
Shrimp Molokhiya is a soup worth trying.

We also had a small green salad, with cucumber, tomato and coriander, tahini, baba ganoush and some pickled cucumber and eggplants. We ordered only baba ganoush, others came with the food. I love all the sauces and extra things with food.

For the main course, I took fried fish fillet, mistake! It wasn’t bad, but it was very heavy and the main taste in my mouth was oil.

My friend took a grilled fish, and it tasted so much lighter and better. Compare the pictures below, and you see what I mean. On the top my portion and below my friends one.

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Next time I take grilled fish, for sure!

All in all, Hefny is a classic Egyptian fish restaurant, where the quality is always good and food is tasty. Interior and exterior are worth seeing and experiencing.

Price is very affordable, our dinner with two soups, tahini, baba ganoush, eggplants, salad, flatbread, two fish fillets and two sprites plus one water, altogether only 185 Egyptian pounds (may have changed).

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AL HALAKA FISH RESTAURANT

We also tried Al Halaka fish restaurant, which is located close to Marina and Hurghada Fish Market Google maps location here.

Al Halaka is one of the best fish restaurants in Hurghada Egypt.
Alhalaka fish restaurant is located close to Hurghada new marina.

We usually get a take away from Al Halaka and eat home. This was actually the first time when we ate in the restaurant. I don’t know why, maybe because it’s just so convenient. The best thing what comes with eating at home is that after dinner you can just lay down on the sofa and wonder why did you eat too much.  I love over-eating.

This time we went to eat inside Al Halaka fish restaurant. I also popped in at the fish market, which is next opposite of the road. If you have time visit there, Hurghada fish market is worth seeing and experiencing.

If you are interested to read about the places to buy food in Hurghada check this post:

SUPERMARKETS AND GROCERIES IN HURGHADA EGYPT-AN ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR HURGHADA SUPERMARKET SHOPPING

As a restaurant, El Halaka is clean and nice. It’s also one of the most popular and oldest fish restaurants in Hurghada. Interior is nice, though it’s also quite a busy restaurant.

For starters, my husband took a seafood soup, which I tasted. It was good and looks delicious, right? I didn’t order any soup for myself, because I knew I wouldn’t eat it all anyway, I wasn’t that hungry.

The soup came after a while. We also ordered some baba ganoush (it was delicious), tahina, flatbread. Our girl had some french fries, she’s not that into the fish.

For the main course, we ordered 500 grams of fish fillet and shared it. I’ve learned my lesson and this time we took grilled fish, it was much better than fried. When we got the fish, we realised we didn’t order any rice with it. In Al Halaka, it doesn’t come automatically with the fish.

As soon as we started to eat the fish, I noticed that some of the pieces were a little bit pink. As far as I’m concerned, it should have been white. It didn’t taste raw, but we send the fish back to the kitchen just to be sure. I don’t want to take a risk to get sick or anything.

The waiter took a fish and of course, apologized. From my point of view, the restaurant staff took care of the situation very professionally. After a while, we got a new fish with apologies. This fish was excellent and everyone was happy. Especially our daughter who got some extra video watching time.

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El Halaka in Hurghada Egypt serves delicious seafood.
El Halaka fish restaurant menu.

All in all, everything cost 171 Egyptian pounds. Including 2 sprites, one small bottle of water, baba ganoush, tahini, one seafood soup, 500 grams fish fillet, 2 rice portions and french fries. Not bad at all.



EL MINA FISH RESTAURANT

The 4th Fish Restaurant in Hurghada where I visited was El Mina Fish Restaurant.

El Mina fish restaurant locates (google maps) close to Hefny at the end of Sheraton Street, close to Sakkala square (Sakala square, Sackalla square).

El Mina fish restaurant is a cosy and nice restaurant,
El Mina fish restaurant is located close to Hefny seafood restaurant.

First thing I noticed, when I entered El Mina fish restaurant was the interior. It was attractive and cosy. I felt like I was home (not mine of course).

From all the fish restaurants in Hurghada, El Mina has the nicest interior. It has three floors, the first two floors for the fish restaurant and the third floor for a coffee shop.

If you desire a cup of coffee or tea after dinner, a coffee shop is not far away.

El Mina fish restaurant is a cosy and nice restaurant,
El Mina fish restaurant interior is nice, warm and cosy.

This time we didn’t take any soups for appetizers, but we had baba ganoush, tahini, green salad and pickled vegetables with flatbread for the start. For the main course, we had 500 grams of grilled fish fillet with rice.

Food came very fast, which is always nice. We had our baby with us, so faster the food comes, happier she is. My husband liked the fish in El Mina fish restaurant very much.

He said it was the best fish he had for ages. I also liked the fish, but it was a little bit too dry for my taste. Anyways it was good and I was full after dinner.

El MIna restaurant Hurghada Egypt has delicious fish.
My husbands favourite fish is served in El Mina fish restaurant.

All this cost 201 Egyptian pounds; it included; Baba ganoush, tahini, green salad, vegetables, bread, french fries, one water, two sprites, 500 grams of fish fillet and two portions of rice.

Even El Mina might be a few pounds more expensive than other fish restaurants I’ve been visiting, it’s the nicest and cleanest one so far. This is what I’m happy to pay a few pounds more.

El Mina had two happy customers today!



STAR FISH SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Star Fish seafood restaurant is located in Sheraton Road. Open from 11.00pm-01.30am.

Star Fish is one of the most popular fish and seafood restaurant in Hurghada Egypt.
Star Fish restaurant is located in Sheraton Road, Hurghada, Egypt.

Star Fish is one of the biggest, oldest and most popular fish restaurants in Hurghada, Egypt. It’s also a popular restaurant among tourist groups. This is why it can be very grounded and full sometimes.  In the busiest hours, you may have to wait for your food for a while.

Last time, I visited Star Fish restaurant I didn’t have time to eat in, so I decided to enjoy take away meal. Take away food is actually a little cheaper option since you don’t have to pay 14% taxes if you take away.

Star Fish restaurant is said to be more pricey than other fish restaurants in Hurghada, but actually it was cheaper than I thought. We paid for two take away meals for about 200 Egyptian pounds. The price doesn’t include the taxes, which make it more affordable. In the end, it wasn’t that expensive compared to others as I expected.

This time we took fish fillet (surprise, surprise). I had it fried fish and my companion had his fish grilled. We were both satisfied with our fishes.

The food in Star Fish is excellent, but if you want to have an intimate dinner select another smaller restaurant. Big restaurant is not ideal for romantic dinners. With children, Star Fish is a good choice.

There are big aquariums, where you can see the most exotic fishes. Kids will love it. Hopefully, they are still interested in eating the fish.

ALL IN ALL, There are at least five fish restaurants worth trying in Hurghada Egypt. The best fish and Seafood restaurants in Hurghada are definitely Al Sheraa, El Mina, El Halaka, Hefny and Srat Fish.

My personal favourite food is definitely served in Al Sheraa fish restaurant, probably because it surprised me positively. And I was so hungry when I ate there.

El Mina fish restaurant was also a very positive surprise. I liked the interior and atmosphere there so much.  This is the place, where I would take my friends visiting Hurghada.

Have you been eating fish or seafood in Hurghada? What’s your favourite restaurant?

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AN ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HURGHADA NIGHTLIFE https://www.lifebeyondex.com/post/hurghada-nightlife/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hurghada-nightlife https://www.lifebeyondex.com/post/hurghada-nightlife/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:07:00 +0000 http://heinih4.sg-host.com/?p=2552 Hurghada nightlife The best nightclubs, bars and restaurants in Hurghada Egypt. What kind of nightlife Hurghada has? An ultimate guide for exploring Hurghada nightlife.

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What kind of nightlife Hurghada has? What are the best nightclubs and bars in Hurghada Egypt? Are there any good nightclubs in Hurghada?

IN THIS POST; BEST BARS, RESTAURANTS & NIGHTCLUBS IN HURGHADA in random order.

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Though Egypt is not the clubbers first choice for a holiday destination, Hurghada has quite a lively nightlife. Along with the tourists, there are lots of expats living in Hurghada.

Also, many Egyptians go to the nightclubs in Hurghada. Traditionally, Muslims don’t consume alcohol, but some do. And off course, it’s not a necessity to drink alcohol when clubbing.

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NOTE! Many websites have outdated information about the nightclubs in Hurghada. When looking at the list of the nightclubs/bars in Hurghada, I see many of the bars & nightclubs have closed their doors ages ago. Also, lots of them are located far away from Hurghada (El Gouna). Best way to see if the bar or nightclub is still open is to check their facebook site.

The age limit for alcohol in Egypt is 21, but I’m 99% sure it’s not controlled strictly.

There is no special Bar & Nightclub district in Hurghada. Hurghada Marina is a home for tens of restaurants and cafes. It’s an excellent choice for dinner and evening stroll. Since Marina is closed at 00.00 these days, there is no nightlife anymore.

The nightclubs, bars and restaurants in Hurghada Egypt are located around the city. If you are looking for a nice place for a beer, cocktail or dinner you’ll find a place very fast.

READ HERE A POST ABOUT THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN HURGHADA.

There is time to sit and enjoy the drinks before clubbing. Since nightclubs are open until early in the morning.

HERE YOU ARE, THE BEST BARS, RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS IN HURGHADA EGYPT

THE BEST BARS, RESTAURANTS & NIGHTCLUBS IN HURGHADA EGYPT

VIKING BAR, METRO STREET SHERATON, EL HADABA

Newly renovated VIKING BAR & RESTAURANT in the heart of El Hadaba, Hurghada has been a living room for Hurghadians for over three decades. If you want to spend a night in cosy atmosphere drinking beer and cocktails, VIKING is the right place for you.

Also, the Karaoke nights (Fridays) and Live-music evenings (Tuesday) in Viking are legendary.

Viking Bar is located in Metro Street, at the beginning of Sheraton Street. To see the location on google maps, click here.

  • TASTY FOOD & DRINKS
  • REASONABLE PRICES
  • KARAOKE (FRIDAYS)
  • LIVE-MUSIC (TUESDAYS)
  • BILLIARD & DARTS
  • FREE ENTRANCE
  • NO DRESSCODE

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LITTLE BUDDHA, EL MAMSHA, NEXT TO SINDBAD HOTEL

The most iconic and oldest nightclub in Hurghada is LITTLE BUDDHA, located in El Mamsha, close to Sindbad hotel.

It’s not the cheapest nightclubs in Hurghada and you need to dress up for visiting the club. But if you want to spend a night in a luxury night club LITTLE BUDDHA is the right night club for you.

Here is a video from Little Buddha. Amazing, right?

Little Buddha has a tasty sushi Buffet and the interior of LITTLE BUDDHA is worth seeing. Plus there is a huge buddha inside. Go and see it yourself.

  • SUSHI BUFFET
  • FINE DINING
  • LADIES NIGHT (FRIDAYS & SUNDAYS), FREE DRINKS FOR LADIES FROM 12.00-02.00 AM
  • RnB & HIP HOP NIGHTS
  • INTERNATIONAL & REGIONAL DJ’S

MORE INFORMATION LITTLE BUDDHA FACEBOOK PAGE

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PAPAS BAR, EL MAMSHA EL ALHAMBRA BUILDING, NEXT TO CARREFOUR SUPERMARKET

If you’ve been to Hurghada before, you probably know the PAPAS BAR. Papas Bar used to locate in Hurghada Marina, but it has been relocated to El Mamsha. The new location of Papas Bar Hurghada is El Mamsha (Hambra) next to Carrefour.

Papas bar is famous for its atmosphere and parties. There are parties every night from Monday to Sunday.

  • LADIES NIGHTS: OPEN BAR FOR LADIES FROM 11.0-01.00 AM ON MONDAYS, OPEN BAR COCKTAILS FOR LADIES FROM 11.00-01.00 AM ON THURSDAYS, OPEN BAR MIX FOR LADIES ON SATURDAYS FROM 11.00-01.00 AM
  • LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL DJ’S, RnB, HIP HOP (TUESDAYS “URBAN VIBES”, WEDNESDAYS “MILKSHAKE”, SUNDAY “LIVE SUNDAYS”)

MORE INFORMATION PAPAS CLUB FACEBOOK PAGE

The Biggest nightclubs in Hurghada are Papas, Elements and Little Buddha.
Papas club, Elements and Little Buddha are the biggest nightclubs in Hurghada Egypt. Image: Pixabay

ELEMENTS CLUB & LOUNGE, STEIGENBERGER AQUA MAGIC HOTEL, EL MAMSHA HURGHADA

One of the most popular nightclubs in Hurghada is ELEMENTS CLUB. Elements Club & Lounge is located in Steigenberger hotel resort, at the end of El Mamsha. The guest of Steigenberger Al Dau & Aqua Magic hotels gets a 25% discount.

  • +DRESS CODE: SMART CASUAL
  • +SUSHI BAR
  • +LADIES NIGHT ON THURSDAYS: FREE ENTRANCE FOR LADIES ALL NIGHT, FREE COCKTAILS FOR LADIES FROM 23:00-01.00
  • +THEMED PARTY NIGHTS, VEGAS NIGHTS ON MONDAYS

Note! Door policy for some events: Only couples or mixed groups.

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CARIBBEAN BAR IN BELLA VISTA HOTEL, SHERATON STREET

CARIBBEAN bar is one of the most popular places among the residents in Hurghada. If you desire to enjoy the night in Caribbean bar, it’s better to book a table beforehand. First to get inside the hotel area and second to have a place where to sit. Caribbean bar nights are very popular among residents and tourists in Hurghada.

  • ATMOSPHERE
  • DELICIOUS DRINKS & COCKTAILS
  • KARAOKE & CAIPI HAPPY HOUR (TUESDAYS)
  • LIVE MUSIC & BBQ (SATURDAYS)

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HARD ROCK CAFE HURGHADA, NAWWARA CENTER, EL MAMSHA, HURGHADA

Last, but not least HARD ROCK CAFE HURGHADA. Hard Rock Cafe is one of the most well-known chain restaurants in the world. You see Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts all over the world; the shirts are also sold in Hurghadas’ Hard Rock.

If you ever visited any Hard Rock Cafe before you probably have a slight idea, what to expect. Hurghada Hard Rock Cafe is located in El Mamsha between Grand Hotel and Steigenberger Al Dau hotel.

Food and cocktails are delicious in Hard Rock Cafe Hurghada, though it’s not a very budget-friendly restaurant. After adding 14% taxis and 12% service charge, one cocktail is about 200 Egyptian pounds LE. But luckily, there is a Sunday festival with drinks for 120 Egyptian pounds. Sounds much better, right?

  • FOAM PARTIES
  • INTERNATIONAL MENU
  • DELICIOUS COCKTAILS AND DRINKS
  • R’n’B on SATURDAYS
  • SUNDAY FESTIVAL, COCKTAILS FOR 120 LE. (11 SELECTED ITEMS) FROM 22:30 (10:30AM)
  • WONDER WEDNESDAYS, RESIDENT & QUEST DJ’S, A MIXTURE OF ALL KINDS OF MUSIC
  • LADIES NIGHT ON TUESDAYS, FREE OPEN BAR FOR LADIES FROM 00.00-01.00 AM

MORE INFORMATION HARD ROCK CAFE HURGHADA FACEBOOK PAGE

ALL IN ALL Hurghada nightlife is vivid and filled with surprises.

GO and EXPLORE it yourself. What’s your favourite nightclub in Hurghada Egypt?

HAVE FUN!

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