Featured Hotels in Egypt
Halal Egypt Holidays
Egypt is a country regarded by most travellers as an intriguing location in which a unique holiday experience can be enjoyed. Known for its colourful artwork and sculptures, age-old temples, desert plains and mystifying pyramids, Egypt offers a one-of-a-kind getaway for both seasoned travellers and those heading abroad for the first time.
Most people embarking upon an Egypt holiday want to spend the majority of their time sightseeing. Fortunately, the country's bustling metropolitan centres and archaeological sites, such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Temples of Luxor, offer holidaymakers the cultural experience of a lifetime.
Attractions and Activities
Camel Safaris in the Sahara Desert
Exotic exploring appeals to many people when on holiday in Egypt and there is no better avenue through which to accomplish this than a camel safari. Day trips to shopping markets, historical landmarks, and Egypt's Pyramids are always enjoyed by those who choose this option. Some camel ride excursions include a trek through popular archaeological sites and other interesting tourist areas followed by dinner at a Bedouin camp under the stars.
Abu Simbel Temples
One of Egypt's most impressive and popular sites are the Abu Simbel temples. These structures feature gigantic rock carvings depicting the country's most famous pharaohs. Initially constructed to designate the border between Egypt and Nubia, the carvings were designed as a display of Egypt's strength and power to any opposing armies. Throughout the centuries, the Abu Simbel temples were largely forgotten until they were rediscovered by a Swiss explorer in 1813. Today, these spectacular temples with their ornate carvings deserve a place on any visitor's must-see list.
Eilat's Underwater Observatory
Travellers who want to make the most of their Red Sea holiday may decide to visit Eilat's Underwater Observatory, a favourite attraction of both holidaymakers and locals. The observatory provides an ideal way to view Red Sea marine life without having to go underwater. Its large white tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Egypt. From here, one can view a wide variety of fish, turtles, sting ray and sharks.
Many people enjoy diving, jet skiing and water skiing while on holiday in Egypt. Those interested in such activities may wish to head to Sharm el-Sheikh or Dahab on the Egyptian Sinai coast, as water sports can be found in abundance in such areas. Those who prefer smaller crowds when indulging in such activities should choose the Eilat region for their water sports headquarters.
The Badr Museum
The Badr Museum is situated near the Farafra Desert, and is dedicated to works of art by the Egyptian artist from which the museum takes its name. Using natural materials such as stone, mud and sand, the artist Badr Abdel Moghny created outstanding pieces of art depicting classic life in a desert oasis. The artist himself built the museum, which is also a work of art. The establishment is open each day from 8 AM until sunset, and visitors enjoy free admission, although donations are accepted as well.
Shopping and Dining
The Mall of Egypt is located just west of Cairo and is a Mecca of restaurants, stores, boutiques and shops. Anyone planning a day of shopping and dining should not miss a trip to this landmark mall. The Cairo Festival City Mall is also a great choice for indoor shopping and dining, with plenty of food choices. Additionally, Egypt is filled with many open air markets, Souqs and food stalls. Some favourites include the Khan Al-Khalili Street Market and the Sharia Khayamiya Flea Market.
Best Time to Visit
In regards to weather, October through April are the best times to visit Egypt as temperatures are typically pleasant during these months. Daytime sightseeing may be difficult in July and August, when temperatures are often uncomfortably hot. December and January make up Egypt's peak season, and therefore some of the most popular attractions, such as the temples of Luxor and the Pyramids of Giza, may be quite crowded. For this reason, some people choose to visit in late autumn or early spring to find the best of both worlds.
Regardless of each traveller's personal preferences regarding attractions and activities, a trip to Egypt offers something to please everyone. Ultimately, a sojourn in this intriguing country is a great option for virtually any holidaymaker.