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Egyptian Sidekick Faces of Egypt in Aswan

The Faces of Egypt in Aswan

The filmmaker extraordinaire, Abdelrahman Gabr, captures a special kind of beauty in Egypt’s Aswan. Located in Egypt’s Nubia, the city is an incredible place of ethnic diversity – with Egyptians and Nubians living alongside...

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Top 28 Luxor Egypt

Top 28 Things to See and Do in Luxor

Luxor is Egypt’s most important ancient capital. Located roughly in the middle of the country, it is subsumed into Upper Egypt. Most known for the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is also home to...

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Manasterly Palace Nilometer Cairo

Manasterly Palace Nilometer

themecircle.net The Nile has often been called the river that decides taxes. Consequently, Cairo, much like Kom Ombo or Aswan’s Elephantine Island in the South, has its own nilometer. This one, however, dates to...

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St George Greek Orthodox Church Cairo

St. George Greek Orthodox Church

The Church of St. George, also called Mar Girgis, is of the Greek Orthodox denomination, and dates back to the 10th century. There are images of St. George, dressed as a Roman soldier, spearing...

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Egyptian Sidekick Fayoum Oasis Hitan Rayan

Top 22 Things to See and Do in the Fayoum Oasis

The Fayoum Oasis is a paradise for nature lovers. It is Cairo’s most popular countryside excursion and is located about an hour-and-a-half South of Greater Metropolitan Cairo. The Fayoum oasis, was well known for...

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Al-Azhar Mosque Cairo

Al-Azhar Mosque

map-embed.com Al-Azhar mosque and the adjoining university buildings are some of the oldest in the world. Built in 970 AD, few realize that Al-Azhar had many ‘firsts’, from the distinctive black, graduating robes used...

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Ibn Tulun Mosque Cairo

Ibn Tulun Mosque

wordpress themes This mosque is unique, as it has not suffered from natural disasters nor significant alterations. The Ibn Tulun mosque is named after Ahmad Ibn Tulun, who became the governor of Egypt in...

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Archaeomusicology Ancient Music Back From the Dead

Archaeomusicology: Ancient Music Back From the Dead

The field of archaeomusicology is a rather obscure field – and for good reason. Quite simply, ancient music has been hard to come by. Although music and song constituted an important part of ancient...

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Glassmakers Egypt

The Glassmakers of Egypt

Glassmakers may be a dying breed, yet far from being extinct. They nevertheless remind us that the Egypt of today isn’t just pyramids and sand. For the most part, glassmakers, and glassmaking generally, has...

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Top 27 Things to See and Do in Alexandria

Alexandria is a very ancient city, with history stretching back all the way to the time of Alexander the Great, the founder of the city. It once guarded the Nile Delta, and served at...

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Temple Ramses Great Abu Simbel

Top 7 Things to See and Do in Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is a place right out of a dream. It is Egypt’s most popular Southernmost archaeological site located close to the border with Sudan in a region referred to as Nubia. Abu Simbel,...

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Abydos Temple Egypt

Egyptian Sidekick & Abydos

As part of the Dendera & Abydos Tour, you can now visit the most most spectacular temple in all of Egypt – yes this one even beats Karnak. This excursion from Luxor in Upper...

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Top 14 Things to See and Do in Aswan

Aswan is a place right out of a dream. It is Egypt’s largest, Southernmost city and is located in a non-demarcated region referred to as Nubia. Well known for its gold mines and fierce...

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Top 35 Instagram accounts to get closer to Egypt

Instagram is fast becoming a perfect platform to chart the lives of locals worldwide, and especially the hopes and dreams of young Egyptians. See the magic and wonder captured in these top 35 Instagram...

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Stepped Pyramid at Saqqara

Egypt’s first and oldest pyramid is that of pharaoh Djoser, designed by the renown architect, high-priest and physician, Imhotep. The stepped pyramid is enclosed in a funerary complex that doubled as a place for...

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Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque

As the first mosque in Africa, the Amr Ibn Al-As mosque is the symbolic start of the forced conversion of predominantly Christian North Africa to Islam. Although it might be difficult to judge this...

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Sultan Hassan Mosque

Off the square of Saladin are the Mameluke mosque and madrassa of sultan Hassan. Nearby is also the equally impressive Rifa’i mosque within which rest Egypt’s Kings and the last Shah of Iran. The...

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Egyptian Sidekick & Dendera

We are happy to announce the addition of the Dendera & Abydos Tour. This is an excursion from Luxor in Upper Egypt to the famous temple complex and archaeological site of the cult of...

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A Timelapse of Egypt

Abdelrahman Gabr does it again! His Egypt HD timelapse showcases Egypt’s beaches, night skies, and archaeological sites. Few will have the privilege of seeing the night sky in the Egyptian desert. However, the lucky...

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Pyramid of Unas at Saqqara

Saqqara is much more than the pyramid complex of pharaoh Djoser. The nearby funerary pyramid and mortuary temple of Old Kingdom pharaoh Unas is perhaps equally as important. Although only a fraction of the...

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Egyptian Sidekick and Luxor

We are happy to announce the addition of the Luxor Full-Day & Half-Day Tour. These are excursions from Luxor in Upper Egypt to the famous temples, tombs, and archaeological sites of the ancient capital...

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Pyramid of Khafre

The pyramid of Khafre, that of Khufu’s son and heir, appears to dominate the Giza Plateau when in fact it isn’t the tallest. The illusion is optical in its entirety. The interior of the...

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An Alexandria Timelapse

The Egypt of today isn’t just pyramids and sand, it is a country with a young generation of energetic, creative entrepreneurs, of which Abdelrahman Gabr and his team can count themselves among. Abdelrahman is...

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Egyptian Sidekick and Alexandria

We are happy to announce the addition of the Alexandria Full-Day Tour. It is an excursion from Cairo to the famous city of Alexander the Great, Ptolemy the 1st and the illustrious Cleopatra VII...

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Why Baksheesh is Bad

Baksheesh is bad – perhaps not wrong – but definitely bad, and in more ways than just for your wallet and personal psychology. No – it is not a form of pipe tobacco, or...

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Babylon Fortress in Cairo

Cairo’s famous Coptic quarter sits atop ruins of the Eastern Roman-era Babylon Fortress. Remnants of the fortress have been preserved by the authorities. Travelers are able to discern the construction by the tell-tale Byzantine...

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Top 7 Egypt Travel Bloggers

Egypt is arguably one of the world’s top destinations for travel. For all the turmoil of the last few years, with the January 25th, 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the rise and fall of the Muslim...

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Mall of Arabia in Cairo

Mall of Arabia If you are not on a budget, and would like to experience shopping in the Middle-East at its finest, the Mall of Arabia in Cairo will surely impress. With 900 outlets,...

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Coptic Museum in Cairo

The treasures of Egypt’s Coptic Christians are on display in this stunning museum. Exquisitely illuminated displays amongst low-lit rooms and carved interiors demonstrate Egypt’s Golden Age of Christianity during the Byzantine Empire. Icons &...

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Royal Mummies Hall

Although the collection of royal dead has received a mixed response, it includes some of the most important figures from Egyptian history, originally discovered in two mummy caches in the 19th century. Moved for...

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Colossus at Memphis

The monuments of ancient Men-Nefer (Memphis) including the spectacular colossus of Ramesses the Great, which lays preserved in an open-air museum close to the pyramids of Dahshur and Saqqara, is definitely worth the detour....

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Al-Azhar Park

Al-Azhar park is a marvel of modern urban rejuvenation projects, and serves as an idealized Egyptian paradise. Its bubbling fountains, flowing waterways, open boulevards and squares of polished stone in the geometric Islamic style...

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Citadel of Saladin

The Citadel of Saladin is a fortress filled with spectacular mosques, palaces, museums, and breathtaking lookouts. With the distinctive mosque of Mohamed Ali at its heart, the Citadel dominates Cairo’s skyline and should not...

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Dahshur Pyramids

Home to over four different pyramids the pyramid field of Dahshur is an incredible site to behold. The Bent pyramid, with its changing angles is one of a kind, while the Red pyramid is...

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Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square, or “Liberation Square” has taken on many new meanings since the 2011 revolution that ousted Egypt’s President of 30 years, Hosni Mubarak. Similarly, in the summer of 2013, protests against Islamist President...

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Meet the Team behind Egyptian Sidekick

Many of you have asked, “…who are the Sidekicks?”, and we’ve finally obliged. Our first line-up includes Mohsen, Mohammed and Sarah – three smart, well-rounded Egyptian university students ready to showcase Egypt to travelers...

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Khan al-Khalili Bazaar

Khan al-Khalili is a bazaar right out of “One Thousand and One Nights”, with its overflowing shops full of exotic spices, glittering jewellery, and other innumerable wares – it is one of Cairo’s premier...

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Great Pyramid at Giza

[put_wpgm id=10] The Great Pyramid at Giza belongs to pharaoh Khufu and is the oldest, and largely intact, surviving wonder of the ancient world. Its outer monumentality is equalled within. In a series of...

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Staying Connected in Egypt

Thinking of flying to Egypt, but still want to stay plugged in during your travels? Luckily staying connected in Egypt couldn’t be simpler, tremendous levels of investment in the telecommunications sector in recent years...

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Welcome to Egyptian Sidekick!

We are pleased to announce the launch of Egyptian Sidekick, a new and revolutionary way to sightsee, travel through, and experience Egypt with the help of local, English-speaking student chaperones, and local guides. Egyptian...

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A Guide to Cruising the Nile

The famous Greek historian, Herodotus described Egypt as the literal gift of the Nile. To this day, scholars and travellers alike marvel at the civilization which had sprung along the Nile valley, and the...

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What about Upper Egypt?

Egypt is far more than just Cairo & Lower Egypt. There is an incredible maritime atmosphere in Alexandria, a fascinating Bedouin culture in the Eastern and Western deserts, and marvels of ancient Egyptian architecture...

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Ramses Station

For several decades now, Cairo has been experiencing a series of public revitalization projects, from the construction of Al-Azhar park, works on the East bank corniche, the ongoing construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum...

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Ben Ezra Synagogue

The Ben Ezra synagogue is one of the oldest remaining in Egypt. Originally built on the site of a collapsed 4th century Coptic church, the site was purchased about 500 years later by Cairo’s...

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New Content – Locations & Skype Chat

Having added the Meidum Pyramid to our list of Ancient Egyptian Sites & Locations in-and-around Cairo & Lower Egypt, we will now focus on Egypt’s Jewish past. Fewer than 100 Jews remain in Egypt,...

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Meidum Pyramid

The collapsed pyramid at Meidum is traditionally attributed to pharaoh Huni. However, some evidence points to pharaoh Sneferu, the famous pyramid builder of Dahshur as its ultimate owner. Besides the pyramid interiors, the grounds...

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New Content – Updates & Projects

With the Mall of Arabia added to our list of Contemporary Sites & Locations in-and-around Cairo & Lower Egypt, we will again focus on the many ancient Egyptian sites in the area. Many of...

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Hanging Church

Built over the gate of a Roman fortress, the floor of the church is suspended above a chasm between the two ancient towers. If the mix of Coptic Christian and Islamic styles, with intricately...

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Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

Filled with the treasures of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun, this world-famous museum is the second most important site in Cairo & Lower Egypt. The museum comes just after the pyramids and sphinx at Giza....

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New Content – Locations & Coming Updates

With new additions to our Sites & Locations for Egypt’s “Medieval” Christian & Islamic heritage in Cairo, it is now time to showcase what the modern city has to offer. Incredible investment in public...

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Solar Barque Museum

On the Eastern and Southern sides of the Great Pyramid are the barque pits of the pharaoh Khufu. Atop one of these pits sits the Solar Barque museum, housing a fully preserved, reassembled ceremonial...

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New Content – Sites, Locations & More!

It has been a busy week for us at Egyptian Sidekick! As we continue to grow, we are beginning to flesh-out the website for the benefit of your planning and booking convenience. Earlier in...

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Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx

The Giza plateau is home to some of Egypt’s most iconic landmarks. Besides the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, Menkaure, and the Great Sphinx, there are many other smaller pyramids, mastabas, and funerary temples scattered,...

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Having trouble browsing Egyptian Sidekick?

Egyptian Sidekick is best browsed with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Although www.egyptiansidekick.com is fully optimized for these three browsers, you are likely to experience difficulties with Internet Explorer. If you are using Internet Explorer, our...

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New Content – Get in Touch!

Wanted to get in touch? The team at Egyptian Sidekick has now provided you with a way to send us a message. Just visit the Contact Us page, and fill out the form, and we...

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New Content – Real-Time Weather for Cairo

As work on www.egyptiansidekick.com progresses, we will be making you aware of new and exciting features. Even if it is always sunny in Philadelphia, that is not always the case in Cairo. Sand-filled wind-storms,...

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