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CultureShock! Egypt

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CultureShock! Egypt is invaluable to anyone who wants to blend into life in the country whose existence revolves around the River Nile. Containing much insight about the Egyptian people-the class system, the importance of family, their sense of honour-this guide also provides useful information and advice for settling into your new home and getting along with the locals. For example, learn about their notion of space and eye contact, and how the men may perceive foreign women who smile at them. On the business front, be aware of the necessity of having business cards as well as how to handle uniquely Egyptian business meetings. CultureShock! Egypt is all you need to settle effortlessly into and enjoy your new life in the Land of the Great Pharoahs and magnificent pyramids.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Dedication
  9. Map of Egypt
  10. Chapter 1: First impressions
  11. Chapter 2: A Tour of Egypt
    1. Geography and Natural Resources
    2. Environmental Issues
    3. Regions of Egypt
    4. Major Cities
    5. Ancient and Recent Past
    6. Government and Jurisdictions
    7. Economy
    8. Tourism
    9. Crime and Violence
    10. Terrorism
  12. Chapter 3: The Egyptian People
    1. Religion
    2. Diversity
    3. Social Class, Power and Wealth
    4. Family
    5. Honour
    6. Education
  13. Chapter 4: Social Interactions
    1. Dating and Marriage
    2. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
    3. Names
    4. Death and Inheritance
    5. Dress
    6. Households and Houses
    7. Rural and Bedouin Lifestyles
    8. Hospitality
    9. Friendship
    10. Visiting
    11. Baksheesh and Tipping
    12. Gifts
    13. Compliments
  14. Chapter 5: The Logistics of Settling In
    1. Formalities
    2. Documents to Bring
    3. Pre-entry Vaccinations
    4. Housing
    5. Laundry
    6. Medical Care
    7. Baby Supplies
    8. Toiletries
    9. Special Foods
    10. Kitchen and Household Supplies
    11. Electric Current and Equipment
    12. Money and Banks
    13. Communication
    14. Pets
    15. Servants and Service People
    16. Miscellaneous Necessities
    17. Getting About
    18. Sights, Smells and Sounds
    19. Facilities for the Handicapped
    20. Animals
    21. Shopping
  15. Chapter 6: Food and Entertaining
    1. Dining Etiquette
    2. Restaurants and Takeaway
    3. Meals and Food
    4. Shopping for Food
    5. Drinking Water
    6. English/Egyptian Spice Glossary
  16. Chapter 7: Enjoying Egypt
    1. The Calendars Used
    2. Ramadan
    3. Festivals
    4. Entertainment
    5. Prostitution, Homosexuality and Extra-Marital Relationships
    6. Travel and Tourism
  17. Chapter 8: Communicating Egyptian Style
    1. Simplified Arabic Pronunciation and Alphabet
    2. Greetings and Common Phrases
    3. The Verbal Dimension
    4. The Non-verbal Dimension
    5. Egyptian Time
    6. Queuing
    7. Photography
  18. Chapter 9: Business
    1. Business Style
    2. Business Dress
    3. Business Cards
    4. Business Meetings
    5. Business Hours
    6. Topics to Avoid
    7. Nepotism
    8. Bribes
    9. Setting Up a Business
    10. Dealing with the Bureaucracy
  19. Chapter 10: Egypt at a Glance
    1. Famous People
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Author
  26. Index