Moving to Egypt

While Egypt may not be the first destination that comes to mind for expats relocating to further their professional career or entertain business interests, the country is a cultural hub in the Arab world and is certainly enticing in this manner. As a focal point for regional politics and a traditional epicentre of education, expats moving to Egypt will experience a country as exciting and interesting as ever.

That being said, expats considering moving to Egypt should pay special attention to the country's safety and political situation. Though not characteristically unsafe, riots and violence have become a problem in the country since 2011. 

For the most part, though, Egypt makes for a unique expat destination, as it is usually curiosity or love that draws expats to stay rather than financial promise or luxury living. Still, the country does have its business incentives, but it isn't an internationally recognised industrial centre. Entrepreneurs may find new emerging markets and opportunities, though, as the country is actively promoting itself on a global front.

Expats moving to Egypt tend to be engaging, active and interested in connecting with communities and interacting with Egyptian culture and people. Teachers, writers, volunteers and NGO workers are all interwoven into Egyptian society, making for a truly interesting expat experience.

Expats should have no problem finding suitable accommodation in Egypt. Options range from simple studios to fully furnished condos and large villas. Getting around in Egypt can be an adventure as there are varied modes of transportation available, from overcrowded buses and minivans to first-class trains. A modern subway system helps commuters get around Cairo and avoid traffic congestion. Those without the patience to deal with public transport in Egypt always have the option of hiring a car with a private driver. 

Those moving to Egypt with children will be pleased to find there are a number of good international schools in Egypt. Most of these are in Cairo and offer students the opportunity to continue studying the school curriculum of their home countries.  

Most expats moving to Egypt end up in Cairo, a metropolis where the malaise of city life can prove intimidating. Close quarters, pollution, and noise can seem inescapable in the endless city sprawl if expats aren’t adequately prepared. Women used to Western culture often find the transition to Egypt's somewhat patriarchal society difficult, although far less so than other Islamic countries.

Ultimately, expats moving to Egypt with a sense of curiosity and adventure are most likely to have an interesting and satisfying experience.