Cairo: The Practical Guide, 2001 Edition

Cairo: The Practical Guide, 2001 Edition

by Claire E. Francy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774246050
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Series: Cairo: The Practical Guide Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexiii
How This Book is Organizedxiv
Acknowledgmentsxv
Chartsxvi
Booksxxi
1Welcome to Cairo1
Skimming the Surface of Egypt and Cairo1
Basic Facts and Statistics1
Peoples and Cultures1
Religion2
Modern Government and Political Parties3
Economy3
Geography and Topography4
Egypt Past5
Egypt Present6
Egypt Future7
Cairo Today7
Practical Matters for all Visitors8
Climate--and Aesthetics8
Travel and Transport10
Getting Around Cairo and Environs13
Cairo for People with Physical Disabilities15
Navigating by Landmarks15
Getting out of Town15
Staying Healthy17
Basic Precautions17
Seafood and Alcohol18
Mosquitoes19
Common and Uncommon Afflictions19
Medical Care in Cairo19
Access and Beeper Access to Doctors20
Medical Fees and Insurance21
Emergency Care22
Plastic Surgery22
Best Hospitals and Clinics22
Brand Names for Common Drugs and Pharmaceuticals22
Money Matters23
Currency and Currency Exchange23
A Few Current Salary Samples24
Tips on Baksheesh24
Beggars25
Prices and Bargaining26
Miscellaneous Pointers on Money26
Banking in Cairo26
Crime in Cairo27
Terrorist Attacks28
Communications29
Mail Services29
Courier Services29
Telecommunications29
The World-Wide Web, Internet, and E-Mail32
Media34
Newspapers and Magazines34
Television and Radio35
Manners, Morals, and Customs36
Hospitality with a Capital H36
Egyptian Family Life37
Social Class and Mobility38
The Birds and the Bees38
Weddings and Funerals38
Holidays and Holiday Customs40
Yet More Holidays!42
How to Dress, Drink, and Comport Oneself in General42
Exceptions and Contradictions42
A Few Specific Dos and Don'ts43
Accommodations44
The Main Five-Star Hotels44
Other Choices around Town46
Food and Drink47
Egyptian Food47
More Restaurants and Cafes50
Sightseeing53
Pyramids53
The Camel Market54
Some Major and a Few Minor Museums55
Islamic Cairo57
The Cities of the Dead58
Green Cairo59
A Completely Arbitrary Compendium of Favorite Places60
Shopping61
The Major Suqs or Markets61
Other Shopping Streets and Areas62
Shopping Items62
2Leisure and Learning in Cairo70
Cairo for Kids (of all Ages)70
Hobbies, Interests, Pastimes, and Self-Indulgence72
Alternative Medicine73
Archaeology73
Architecture73
Art Classes73
Aviation74
Backgammon74
Beauty Salons74
Birdwatching74
Bridge74
Car and Motorcycle Rallies and Motocross74
Classic Cars75
Church Activities75
Computer Courses75
Cooking Classes75
Counseling75
Creative Writing75
Cultural Centers76
Dancing76
Dieting76
Drama Groups76
Fashion Shows76
Flower Arranging76
Language Classes77
Libraries77
Music and Singing77
Meditation77
Needlework77
Photography77
Pottery78
Reflexology78
Women's Groups78
Volunteer Work78
Arts, Entertainment, and Night Life78
Art Galleries and the Arts in Cairo78
Balls79
Bars79
Belly-Dancing80
Cafes and Shisha80
Classical Music--Arabic and Western81
Cultural Centers81
Dance Performances (Ballet, Classical, Modern, Folk)81
Discotheques81
Felucca Rides81
Films and Film Festivals81
Jazz and Live Music82
Museums82
Nile Dinner Cruises83
Opera83
Theater83
Video83
Walking Tours83
Sports and Fitness84
Aerobics84
Badminton84
Baseball84
Basketball84
Belly-Dancing84
Boating (Sail and Motor)85
Bodybuilding and Weight Training85
Chess85
Croquet85
Cycling85
Darts85
Diving85
Fishing and Hunting86
Golf86
Health Clubs86
Horseback Riding86
Gymnastics87
Martial Arts87
Pool and Snooker87
Rowing87
Rugby87
Running87
Shooting88
Snorkeling and SCUBA88
Soccer aka Football88
Squash88
Swimming, Diving, and Water-skiing88
Tennis88
Walking89
Windsurfing89
Sporting and Country Clubs89
3Living in Cairo91
Basic Decisions91
Pre-departure Chores and Choices91
Bring and Don't-Bring Lists92
The Shipping News in Cairo93
As Soon as You Arrive94
Housing Decisions94
Buying vs. Renting and What You Will Pay Each Way94
Old vs. New, Furnished vs. Unfurnished96
Choosing a Neighborhood97
What to Look For and What to Look Out For98
Lease Negotiations99
Finding a Local Mover100
Houseboat Living100
School Decisions100
Elementary and Secondary Schools102
Nursery Schools102
Cars in Cairo103
Where to Buy New Cars104
Used Cars104
Long-Term Rental104
Registration104
Insurance105
Licenses105
Fines105
Accidents105
Driving a Car105
Alternatives to Driving106
Household Help and Services107
Maintenance and Repairs107
Domestic Help107
Finding and Paying Household Help108
Building Services and Personnel109
Other Services and Cheap Thrills109
Making Your House a Home110
Air Conditioners110
Appliances110
Bathrooms110
Beds and Bedding111
Carpentry and Cabinets111
Christmas Trees and Ornaments111
Clothing112
Computers113
Designers and Decorators113
Fabrics113
Floor Coverings (Carpets)113
Flowers114
Furniture114
Gardens--Large and Small, Indoors and Out115
Garden Supplies, Shade, Furniture, and Decor117
Hardware118
Kitchens118
Lighting118
Mirrors and Windows118
Housekeeping119
Cleaning119
Food and Food Shopping120
Psychological Adjustments125
Shopping and Other Lists126
Food126
Beverages133
Clothing133
Colors134
Fabrics134
Very Important People135
Furnishings and Furniture135
Handy Household Terms and Items136
Cars and Car Trouble137
4Work and Research in Cairo139
Changes in the Economic Climate139
Work Permits and Other Paperwork140
Taxation for Individuals and Businesses140
Tax on Your Shipment140
Individual Taxes141
Company Taxation141
Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Own Business141
Joint Stock Company (JSC)141
Limited Liability Company (LLC)142
Premises142
Privatization: The Current Climate143
Networking and Finding More Information144
Scholarly Research144
Teaching145
Working for Egyptian Companies146
Volunteer work147
5Cairo Arabic: the Basics149
"From the Arabic..."149
Pronunciation and very Limited Grammar149
Consonants149
Vowels150
Minimalist's Grammar150
Vocabulary151
Courtesy151
Questions151
Urgencies and Emergencies151
Common Expressions152
Directions152
Places153
Money153
Family, Friends and Other People154
Time154
Personal Pronouns and Demonstrative Adjectives155
Adjectives155
Adverbs156
Prepositions156
Deterrents157
Directory159
Index209

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