Last year my friend visited me in Hurghada, Egypt. While packing at home, she called me to ask what should she pack? What kind of clothes should I wear in Hurghada and Egypt? What can I wear in Hurghada? What’s the dress code for Hurghada, Egypt?
In this post, I tell you what to wear in Egypt and the things you need to remember about the dress code in Egypt.
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The dress code in Egypt is something I hadn’t been thinking about myself at all. I just put the clothes on and go outside. Actually, I use the same clothes in Egypt and Europe.
In the summer, when the weather is very hot, I use a top and shorts or a summer dress. When the weather gets colder, I dress up more. Actually, I don’t think about the dress code in Hurghada at all. It just comes.
Still, there are some cultural things you need to keep in mind when picking up clothing to Egypt.
If you are staying in the Red Sea resort town like Hurghada, El Gouna or Sahl Hasheesh, you don’t need to pay attention to your clothing that much. But if you travel outside the resort cities, the dress code is more formal.
When I travel outside to Hurghada; I pack t-shirts, shirts, pants and dresses that cover my knees and shoulders.
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Do I have to cover my hair in Egypt?
Like said, the dress code for Egypt and Hurghada depends a lot about where you are going and what you are doing in Egypt. If you visit a mosque, for example, prepare to cover your hair, knees and shoulders.
Egypt is an Islamic country but visited yearly by millions of tourists from non-Islamic countries.
Egyptians don’t expect tourists to cover their hair or dress like locals.
BUT if you visit outside the tourist areas, it’s recommended and moreover respectful to dress more modest and cover at least your knees and shoulders.
If you are planning to visit Cairo, it’s good to be prepared to dress more formally there.
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A DRESS CODE FOR THE RED SEA RESORTS; HURGHADA, EL GOUNA, MAKADI BAY
Hurghada and other Red Sea resorts are less conservative than other parts of Egypt. Lots of foreigners live in the areas, and local people are used to seeing tourists every day. Most of the local people in Hurghada also work with tourists.
In Hurghada, people don’t pay that much attention about the dress code.
It’s ok to “dress less” in Hurghada and other Red Sea resorts.
Anyways, it’s still good to remember that you are in an Islamic country. Be respectful for locals.
Leave your bikini and look-a-likes to the hotel area and you’ll be fine.
You can basically wear anything in the hotel area. You won’t be arrested if you wear very small micro-shorts on the streets. Or a top that looks like a bra, but this doesn’t mean it’s ok. From my point of view, it’s very disrespectful for locals.
Use your common sense and pack your normal summer clothes. Also, you feel more comfortable yourself, when you don’t stand out with your outfit. I mean, the less you dress, the more attention you get.
All in all, the dress code in Hurghada and other Red Sea destinations is not that strict, but it’s good to use your common sense and respect locals when you choose what to wear.
Don’t pack like you are going to Ibiza if you travel to Egypt. Otherwise, go to Ibiza.
Plus less you dress, more you get unwanted attention.
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