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Best Foods to Try while on Your Trip to Egypt

By 8th April 2021 No Comments

Egypt (officially the Arab Republic of Egypt) is a Mediterranean country located on two continents. That is why it is called a transcontinental country. It is spanning the southwest corner of Asia and the northeast corner of Africa. Egypt is one of the oldest and most ancient countries in the world. It has the most historical civilization among all other countries in the world. Several cultural and heritage tourist attractions are present in Egypt, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Egypt is also known as the cradle of civilization for the rest of the world.

Despite the fact that Egypt has all types of tourism, cultural, heritage, and educational tourism are most prominent. Travel and tourism industry plays a vital role in the development of Egypt’s economy. They create job opportunities for almost 1.37 million people in the country every year. In turn, the government of Egypt earns $13 billion in the form of foreign exchange revenue from tourism only, which is 11% of the GDP.

The following are some world-famous tourist attractions in Egypt:

  • Giza NecropolisThe Egyptian Museum
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Karnak
  • Abu Simbel Temples
  • Luxor Temple 
  • Philae

Egypt e-Visa

Egypt e-Visa is a necessary document if you want to travel to this country. It is an authorization document issued by the Government of Egypt to the foreign travelers to enter and stay in the country. e-Visa is an electronic type of entry permit, which you can get by applying online.

It means you don’t have to visit an embassy to get your Egypt e-Visa. Filling out an application form on the website, can get you your electronic visa within 2-3 business days.

There are two types of Egypt e-Visa:

  • Single-Entry e-Visa (Valid for 30 days stay)
  • Multiple-Entry e-Visa (Valid for 30 days stay)

The online application process is very easy and straightforward. It consists of three easy steps. In the first step, you will fill the online application form by providing your basic details such as name, passport number, contact, etc.

In the second step, you will pay the fee of your e-Visa according to its type. When approved, as the last step, your e-Visa will be delivered to your email address.

You should print your Egypt e-Visa and show it upon arrival in Egypt. It is essential to mention here that you need to have a passport valid for at least six months.

Important Note: You must have your e-Visa if you want to get entry into Egypt.

Must-try Egyptian food

Egypt is world-famous because of its delicious foods and dishes. For this reason, we are going to enlist some of the best foods worth trying while traveling to Egypt:

  1. Kofta and Kebab

If you are a meat lover, this dish is  undoubtedly for you. Kofta is minced beef or lamb on which plenty of spices are sprinkled. This beef is then rolled and grilled. If you call it an Egyptian Style Sausage, it will not be wrong at all!

On the other hand, Kebab is grilled meat of veal or lamb over a coal fire by using a skewer. These meat dishes are usually served with sides of dips, rice, and pieces of bread.

  1. Shawarma

Shawarma has become the Egyptian due to Egypt’s link with the Ottoman Empire, although it is not a native dish of Egypt.

All three types of meats, including chicken, beef, or lamb, are used in shawarma in the form of layers after grilling for the whole day. The outer layers are chucked into a tasty hunk of roll or bread after shaving them off. In Egypt, Shawarma sangas are considered big highlights.

  1. Fiteer Baladi

You can also take it as an Egyptian Pizza. It is full of calories with super buttery nature. Many filo pastry layers are used in the preparation of Fiteer after cooking them in a brick oven.

Fiteer Baladi is served plain; however, you can also order it with cheese, sweet, honey, sugar, etc. You can’t say no to this particular type of Pizza.

  1. Hamam Mahshi

Some people love to eat them; some call them pests, and some even call them rats of the sky. Hamam Mahshi is a traditional dish of Egypt which has been served for centuries. It is prepared from stuffed pigeons which are kept in mud-brick lofts along river Nile.

The pigeons are loaded with spices and onions with freekeh (a grain of green cracked wheat). You can also use bulgur wheat or rice as a replacement for freekeh. You can find it on the list of almost all restaurants in Egypt, although it is made on special occasions only.

  1. Kushari

Kushari is an overload of Carb, which is coming towards you now! It is one of the most favorite street foods in Egypt, and you can see people eating it at lunchtime in Cairo. Rice, macaroni, and lentils are the primary ingredients of Kushari.

It is usually topped with garlic vinegar and tomato sausage. Chickpeas are used for garnishing. Some people love to use fried onions as well. Kushari is a cheap, substantial, and full of nutrient meal in Egypt.

Final words

Delicious food and the most ancient cultural tourist attractions are now within your reach. If you want to have a chance to taste all of these extraordinary Egiptian dishes and take some pictures of the most historical sites, you must apply for your e-Visa.

Don’t hesitate, plan your dream trip and enjoy your Egyptian adventure!