Dress Etiquette Egypt & Jordan


Egypt and Jordan are generally considered conservative regions of Africa/The Middle East and dress etiquette is a must.While both countries are accustomed to tourism, the casual, less is more, attitude of most American travelers is considered vulgar and insulting. Coverage is the key for women and men. Leave your baseball caps and fanny packs at home.

One additional item to consider is weather.Egypt has two seasons; winter from November to April and summer from May to October.Temperature changes can occur rapidly.In the desert areas of Egypt temperatures may reach a high of 120F/50C to lows of 32F/0C.Along the Mediterranean, Alexandria is generally breezy, humid and cooler.Cruising the Nile River temperatures can dip to 34F/14C in winter to an average of 86F/30C in summer.Be certain to be on the top deck when your ship goes through the Lock (like the Panama Canal).Even though it can be incredibly cold and windy you will be amazed at the precision and technology. The Temple of Kom Obo on the banks of the Nile is beautiful at dusk.However, the wind forces temperatures to drop suddenly.If you visit during the winter months, wear a jacket and ladies be sure to wear a scarf too.

In Jordan the most severe weather occurs the months of January and February.The winter months, November to April is moderately cool but some times cold due to snow and rain.The average temperature is 55F/13C.Rainwear is needed during this season.The central hills can have substantial snowfall in winter but in the Jordan Valley and the area around Aqaba the winter temperatures are warm with chilly evenings.Extreme hot conditions exist during the summer months of June and August.The temperature range in Jordan could be 140F/60C at the Dead Sea (1,300 feet below sea level) in the Jordan Valley to bitterly cold and dry in the Eastern Desert.In the higher elevations (around 6,000 feet above sea level) the temperatures can be as low as 20F/-7C. Petra is now a UNESCO world heritage site and one of The New 7 Wonders of the World.With its imposing sandstone and limestone mountains protecting the city for centuries the approach through the long narrow gorge (Siq) is nothing but spectacular.During the winter months temperatures may be as low as 50F/10C to a high of 77F/25C.Summer temperatures from May through October average 95F/35C.The wind is brisk through the gorge to The Treasury and in the city.A hike up the mountain to Al-Deir (The Monastery) will warm you up but at the top the wind rips.For those less hardy, you may want to take a donkey to the top.

Following are packing suggestions for your fabulous journey to Egypt and Jordan.Do not over pack.Checked luggage fees are high.Laundry services are available at all hotels and on the Nile cruise ships.

WOMEN

Slacks:Dockers and khaki cargo style loose fitting

(jeans are not acceptable)

Tops: Polo style, pullovers and tunics covering the collarbone with long sleeves (tee shirts are not acceptable)

Shoes:comfortable walking shoes for daytime and simple closed toe dress shoes for evening

Stockings: crew socks for day and neutral or dark stockings for evening

Evening:jacket over high-necked shell and loose slacks, ankle-length dress or Jalabiya (pronounced Gellabiya)

Sweater: loose fitting and non clinging with long sleeves

Jacket: loose fitting with long sleeves

Scarf: long scarf to use as a wrap or head dress for entering a Mosques (90% of Egyptian women cover their heads but tourists aren’t expected to do so.)

Exercise:loose trousers and shirts (although shorts and tee shirts are acceptable at Western style hotel gyms)

Swimsuit: conservative one piece style


Note:select clothing without social advertisements, in neutral shades and that cover your shoulders and legs.Customarily bright colors designate available single females.

Tip:All hotels and Nile cruise ships are equipped with blow dryers, irons and ironing boards.Remember to bring a voltage regulator and adaptor for your curling iron, razor, battery charger and computer.

MEN

Slacks:Dockers and khaki cargo style loose fitting

(jeans are not acceptable)

Shirts:layer undershirts beneath Polo style

(tee shirts alone are not acceptable)

Shoes:comfortable walking shoes for daytime and simple dress shoes for evening

Socks:crew socks for day and black or navy blue for evening

Belts:neutral color belts with simple buckles

Evening:Smart Casual shirt and dress slacks or Jalabiya (pronounced Gellabiya)

Sweater:loose fitting with long sleeves

Jacket:loose fitting with long sleeves

Exercise:loose trousers and shirts (although shorts and tee shirts are acceptable at Western style hotel gyms)

Swimsuit: conservative trunk style

Note:select clothing without social advertisements and in neutral shades.A suit and tie is not required at most restaurants.However, a sport coat may help keep you warm on cool evenings.

Tip of the Day:Pack a folding duffle bag to use at the end of your trip for laundry.Put your valuable souvenirs in your carry-on bag and check your laundry in at the airport.This will help you save time and money.

Bon Voyage!

STERLING TRAVEL GROUP

Captain Douglas and Gala Reitz