Cairo: The Practical Guide

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Claire E. Francy, Lesley Lababidi
American Univ in Cairo Press, 2008 - Travel - 225 pages
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The guide described by The New York Times as "indispensable," revised and updated for 2008, fills a vital niche for expatriates and Cairenes alike who need a helping hand to organize-and enjoy-the challenges of a sojourn in Cairo. The basics of daily life-finding a flat, transporting personal goods, investigating school options for children, navigating Egypt's famous bureaucracy, and the intricacies of feeding and clothing oneself and one's family from the local market-are all detailed here. Advice gathered from a wide range of Cairo insiders, both native and foreign, gives the reader a cornucopia of current facts on prices, neighborhoods, product availability, work and business opportunities, and the dizzying range of cultural and leisure pursuits that Cairo is famous for.The format of this edition addresses the needs of independently minded tourists, as well as residents, by the inclusion of: an A-to-Z directory of goods, services, and interests subdivided by neighborhood; a language section on the basics of Cairene Arabic; and details on shopping and sightseeing from a resident's perspective. Cairo: The Practical Guide, now in its sixteenth edition, is the key to deciphering the complexities of living, working, and enjoying life in one of the world's most exciting and dauntingly complex mega-cities.
 

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This book is continually an essential to anyone spending any time at all in Cairo. Save mental and physical wear & tear!

Contents

STAYING HEALTHY
18
MONEY MATTERS
24
MEDIA
34
ACCOMMODATIONS
44
SIGHTSEEING
54
SHOPPING
62
LEISURE AND LEARNING IN CAIRO
71
SPORTS AND FITNESS
86
LIVING IN CAIRO
93
SCHOOL DECISIONS
102
PSYCHOLOGICAL ADJUSTMENTS
128
TEACHING
136
THE BASICS
140
DIRECTORY
163
INDEX
221
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LESLEY LABABIDI raised three children in Cairo and is the author of Silent No More: Special Needs People in Egypt (AUC Press, 2002).

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