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American safety in Cairo

Old Jul 3rd 2007, 5:53 pm
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My wife and I will be spending two days in Cairo over Christmas this
year. I was wondering how safe we will be walking around the city. I
have heard the best time to see the city is at night, but I'm leary
about being out after dark. What should my concerns be, if any? And
are there any areas to absolutly avoid?
 
Old Jul 4th 2007, 12:14 am
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Hello.

As far as I know, safety is not a problem in Cairo. Although it depends on
two major things; the way you dress, and the way you look around. If you
keep your arms and legs covered you can go anywhere, anytime during the day.
And, if you see something that is not considered average in your
homecountry, in a poor part of town or something like that, don't stare at
it, just a quick glance, and move on. Walking around in that way, you will
notice that Egypt is one of the safest countries in the world, and the
respect between people (still) high.

Regards, John.

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> My wife and I will be spending two days in Cairo over Christmas this
> year. I was wondering how safe we will be walking around the city. I
> have heard the best time to see the city is at night, but I'm leary
> about being out after dark. What should my concerns be, if any? And
> are there any areas to absolutly avoid?
>
 
Old Jul 8th 2007, 1:33 pm
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> My wife and I will be spending two days in Cairo over Christmas this
> year. I was wondering how safe we will be walking around the city. I
> have heard the best time to see the city is at night, but I'm leary
> about being out after dark. What should my concerns be, if any? And
> are there any areas to absolutly avoid?
>

I agree with John. Cairo is a remarkably safe city. Lots of hassles and
breathing can be a problem at times, but street crime is rather rare.

Paul
 
Old Jul 8th 2007, 11:22 pm
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[email protected] wrote:
> My wife and I will be spending two days in Cairo over Christmas this
> year. I was wondering how safe we will be walking around the city. I
> have heard the best time to see the city is at night, but I'm leary
> about being out after dark. What should my concerns be, if any? And
> are there any areas to absolutly avoid?

I was just in Cairo for a little over a week. I stayed out until close
to midnight every night, carrying a big and somewhat expensive-looking
camera.

I wandered down every back alley that caught my eye, explored abandoned
and impoverished areas like the cities of the dead, told everyone who
asked that I came from the USA, and never once felt even the tiniest bit
threatened. I also toted my laptop around in the evenings to use a net
cafe, before moving to a hotel that had in-room broadband.

In the vicinity of Khan al-Khalil market, which is pretty much the only
place where I saw any significant number of tourists, there were some
touts who were insistent that I look at the stuff in their shops. That
is the only sort of hassle I ever experienced. Everywhere else, anyone
who talked to me just wanted to be friendly (and that happened an awful
lot).

If you want to worry about something in Cairo, worry about the traffic
and the air quality. Crime is not an issue (not only from my brief
experience, but from everything I've read and heard from foreigners who
used to live there).

It's an amazing city and you'd miss a lot of it by hiding indoors after
sundown.

miguel
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Old Jul 13th 2007, 3:33 am
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Default Re: American safety in Cairo

Originally Posted by Jp
Hello.

As far as I know, safety is not a problem in Cairo. Although it depends on
two major things; the way you dress
Not even that was a problem...I was there in August and was not about to suffer in long pants or skirts in 35C+ temperatures, I wore short skirts, shorts, etc., except of course when entering a mosque. I did get looked at just like more foreign gals are, but that was it and got more smiles than stares. No place is 100% safe, terrorist attacks have occurred there so caution is always a must, be it day or night time and more so during peak holiday periods.

Have a great time!.
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