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Culture Shock! Egypt

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CultureShock! Egypt is invaluable to anyone who wants to blend into life in the country whose existence revolves around the River Nile. Containing much insight about the Egyptian people-the class system, the importance of family, their sense of honor-this guide also provides useful information and advice for settling into your new home and getting along with the locals. For example, learn about their notion of space and eye contact, and how the men may perceive foreign women who smile at them. On the business ...
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Overview

CultureShock! Egypt is invaluable to anyone who wants to blend into life in the country whose existence revolves around the River Nile. Containing much insight about the Egyptian people-the class system, the importance of family, their sense of honor-this guide also provides useful information and advice for settling into your new home and getting along with the locals. For example, learn about their notion of space and eye contact, and how the men may perceive foreign women who smile at them. On the business front, be aware of the necessity of having business cards as well , as how to handle uniquely Egyptian business meetings. CultureShock! Egypt is all you need to settle effortlessly into and enjoy your new life in the Land of the Great Pharoahs and magnificent pyramids.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558689800
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Culture Shock! Series
  • Pages: 310

Table of Contents


Introduction     vi
Acknowledgements     vii
Dedication     ix
Map of Egypt     x
First Impressions     1
A Tour of Egypt     9
Geography and Natural Resources     11
Environmental Issues     14
Regions of Egypt     15
Major Cities     19
Ancient and Recent Past     26
Government and Jurisdictions     41
Economy     42
Tourism     45
Crime and Violence     47
Terrorism     48
The Egyptian People     58
Religion     59
Diversity     63
Social Class, Power and Wealth     64
Family     69
Honour     74
Education     79
Social Interactions     86
Dating and Marriage     92
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)     99
Names     100
Death and Inheritance     101
Dress     102
Households and Houses     108
Rural and Bedouin Lifestyles     110
Hospitality     114
Friendship     115
Visiting     116
Baksheesh and Tipping     117
Gifts     119
Compliments     121
The Logistics of Settling In     123
Formalities     124
Documents to Bring     126
Pre-entry Vaccinations     127
Housing     127
Laundry     132
Medical Care     132
Baby Supplies     137
Toiletries     138
Special Foods     138
Kitchen and Household Supplies     139
Electric Current and Equipment     140
Money and Banks     142
Communication     143
Pets     147
Servants and Service People     149
Miscellaneous Necessities     152
Getting About     153
Sights, Smells and Sounds     176
Facilities for the Handicapped     182
Animals     183
Shopping     184
Food and Entertaining     192
Dining Etiquette     193
Restaurants and Takeaway     196
Meals and Food     197
Shopping for Food     202
Drinking Water     206
English/Egyptian Spice Glossary      203
Enjoying Egypt     211
The Calendars Used     212
Ramadan     213
Festivals     215
Entertainment'     215
Prostitution, Homosexuality and Extra-Marital Relationships     225
Travel and Tourism     226
Communicating Egyptian Style     237
Simplified Arabic Pronunciation and Alphabet     239
Greetings and Common Phrases     242
The Verbal Dimension     246
The Non-verbal Dimension     246
Egyptian Time     253
Queuing     253
Photography     254
Business     256
Business Style     257
Business Dress     258
Business Cards     258
Business Meetings     259
Business Hours     262
Topics to Avoid     264
Nepotism     265
Bribes     266
Setting Up a Business     267
Dealing with the Bureaucracy     268
Egypt at a Glance     270
Famous People     276
Culture Quiz     279
Do's and Don'ts     286
Glossary     292
Resource Guide     302
Further Reading     323
About the Author     329
Index     331
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