Visiting Egypt during Ramadan is special. There is no reason for you not to enjoy a steaming pot of sugary tea, and a hubbub of multi-coloured souks and medinas.
And to top it off, you are privy to Egypt in a different light. It is an experience that not all travelers can say they’ve encountered. You’ll actually find yourself part of local celebrations, savoring certain food that is specific to Ramadan, and the cherry on top: hotels and attractions are much less crowded.
Read on to find out what happens during Ramadan in Egypt and why you should consider visiting it during this unprecedented time.
The country experiences few changes during Ramadan. Cafés will typically run as usual, serving food and drinks throughout the day. And the same goes for hotel and chain restaurants in bigger cities.
Most tourism activities or tours, as well as sites and attractions, will also function normally. At most, there may be a modified schedule.
Notably, many local businesses such as retail and grocery shops, will adjust their opening times during Ramadan, often opening much later in the day.
Most domestic shops and eateries will close for an hour or two at sunset to break their fast with a meal called iftar. You may even be startled by an ear-piercing canon or blaring alarm to signal dusk – don’t be alarmed.
In Egypt, a traditional iftar meal can feature a warm meat soup, dates, Stuffed pigeon , rice and plenty of sweet treats such as Kunafa, Basbousa, and fekataifkas.
While dawn meal include beans, eggs, cheese, fried potatoes and yogurt.