Egyptian culture dates back thousands of years to the ancient Pharaohs and has been influenced by numerous invaders throughout history.
Without a doubt, this colonialist footprint has blended with the country’s rich tradition to define Egyptian culture as we know it today.
Food-based gatherings are in fact one of the main social pillars of Egyptian culture with roundtable family feasts at its forefront.
The local palette is geared heavily towards legumes and rice with onions, garlic and plenty of spices.
There’s nothing quite like filling up on the delicious national cuisine, including foul, ta’miyah, and koshari, while basking in the hospitality of the locals, be it in the city or a Bedouin camp in Aswan.
Take a stroll on the Corniche in Zamalek and stop by any of the numerous Nile cruise boats.
Authentic oriental dishes are served against an unbeatable backdrop of dancing city lights and shimmering water, enriched by a gentle breeze.
If you’re able to head north to Alexandria, then seafood is just what the doctor ordered.
With the Mediterranean Sea just inches away, salt water fish and crustaceans are a dime a dozen.
Select your fish and your favorite cooking style, and enjoy a seat by the window where you can watch small boats sail in and out of the marina while the sun sets in the distance on the Mediterranean.
Egypt is also well known for its captivating entertainment. Belly dancing, or oriental dancing as it’s formally known, is a longstanding part of Egyptian culture permeating all facets of life, from cabarets to the most extravagant weddings.
These cultural performances extend to the Sufi whirling dervishes and the famous tanoura.
Originally a means to gain higher spiritual awareness, this display of dazzling, brightly colored skirts spinning to the hypnotic pulse of the music is guaranteed to mesmerize.