Me & my girlfriend are going to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt on holiday in December 2007.

I was wondering what the dress code will be for my girlfriend as the guide book says the country is Islamic & no flesh should be shown in public.

My girlfriend will be wanting to wear skirts & low cut tops when we go out into Sharm at night but we don’t want Egyptian men perving on her & we don’t want to offend anybody.

Your comments would be appreciated.

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  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    Sharm el Sheikh is not really like the rest of Egypt. It is purely a holiday resort area and for that reason very western in its outlook. 25 years ago it did not even exist as the area was purely a home for about 100 subsistence fishermen.

    I have been down there twice in the last year or so including Christmas 2005 and believe me its a good place to be at that time of year. The temperature is not too hot (in the winter it averages 26 degrees centigrade) and its bustling with life as all the other summer holiday places like Greece and Spain are too cold to visit at that time of year.

    Your girlfriend can wear what she likes because all the other women will be. Going to Sharm is no different to say visiting Spain. Its very relaxed, the people there are unbelievably friendly, and you will enjoy yourself no end.

    The Egypt you present in your question is not the Egypt I know at all. It sounds to me like you’re getting confused with Afghanistan!!

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    only a minimal amount of eyes
    are allowed to be shown in public

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    The dress code for Muslim women is that their body should be covered. However, unfortunately, and I say unfortunately cuz I’m against this, but don’t mind me, In sharm and ghurdagha and all tourist places, foriegners get to dress the way they want. they wear short skirts, tank tops, bikinis, (and sometimes no bikini on the beach) so ur girlfriend should be of a normal sight there as sharm is full of tourists who dress in the same way. and yes, some men will be checking her out, Egyptians or others…. welcome to Egypt

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    I have been there. I have seen the women there wearing short skirts without attracting much fuss.
    Good luck

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    you have to covered up when you out and about but in the compiund or hotl you can when what you like … You must keep you feet covered…….

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    If she wears loong sleeves and slacks, but light fabric she’ll be right. They understand and accept dress codes from all over but as you say ya dont wanna offend no one.
    Ther are cool long sleeve tops and slacks she can wear, a scarf wont go astray but when your out on tours or anything else ya fine but when ya on walkabouts best be safe than sorry. I suggest not to show too much emotions between ya’s eg: holding hands kissing but I am sure ya can sneak a fair few in ! nudge nudge wink wink !
    You’ll be fine but wearing them wll make you’s more welcomed if ya know what I mean. Thou kids can get away with anything !
    If ya get a chance take a Fluke down the Nile and can romance ya life away…… something not to miss if ya got a special sheila under ya arm !

    ava g1 M8 !

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    sharm el shiekh already part of Egypt but hardly to have families live there so it is all resorts and hotels no real egyptian life, and usually tourist feel free to wear or not wear anything special in the coast area. enjoy your trip and let hear wear as she like.

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    like America

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    if your girlfriend wears low cut tops and skirts above the knee she will offend people and will be harrassed, of course you will see plenty of other western women not giving a damn who they offend. it is an islamic country and anybody not respecting the dress code will be seen as ‘easy’. you’ll have a much nicer time if people see you respect their culture, they’ll be nicer to you. if you find this too much to ask, you should not go to an islamic country.

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    she can walk how she wants, but only if you are going to town, to places where live egyptians, she, and you also should look more coverd.. that can be t-shirt and jeans, if you are walking on street in tourism places then she can wear skirts, but stomach should be closed anyway

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    Dont listen to loosers please .. am egyptian i go to sharm el sheikh three times a year ..i wear shorts ,bikini ‘s, bra and short only and whatever i cant wear in town .. check sharm el sheikh parties online and hotels websites and u will know .. feel free and do what u want there..Cheers !

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    when i went there last year, i found that the mmore conservative you are, the better they treat you. i didnt have my mid-rift out or any form of a low cut top. the worn 3quarter skirts and shorts. the one person on the tour wore vary revealing shirts, and the locals wouldnt take her seriously.

    in my opinion your girl friend could still look good for you covering up a little bit. in the end its for her about not feeling uncomfortable. the younger generations will not leave her alone..

    good luck going to egypt. its a beautiful country and ill return one day

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    Your girlfriend wearing low cup tops and mini-skirts will be unacceptable. Egypt is an islamic country and they will be offended if a women dressed like that and anyways all eyes would be on you so it would feel uncomfortable. Like you said you don’t want Egyptian men perving on her..then no offence she’s gonna have to reconsider what to wear. It won’t be as hot at night so t-shirt and jeans will be fine.

    God bless and have a nice time in Egypt..

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    Ruby’s answer the best and so close to reality
    Have a nice vacation

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    Please show respect for the customs of other countries.
    Out of your hotel you both should cover up. Short skirts, low cut tops and men in shorts are all offensive in a Muslim country. I am sure your girlfriend has attractive trousers and pretty shirts which she can wear when out and about over her low cut tops. Once inside she can take off the shirt.
    We were on a flight with an English couple who couldn’t understand why the wife had been headbutted by an Egyptian woman in a public place. The way she was dressed would have been considered OK in the UK in summer but in Egypt she looked like a prostitute.
    Egypt is a wonderful country with lovely friendly people. Respect them and they will respect you. Learn a few words of Arabic, which will be appreciated, and enjoy your holiday.

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    she’s free to wear what she likes!have a nice time!!Sharm is still clean & safe!!don’t worry!

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    You and your girlfriend can wear whatever you want in Sharm its very laid back and you wont have much trouble in terms of skimpy dress.

    You will be pestered to go into shops etc like perfume shops and food places other than that everyone is real chilled its a watch the world go by kinda place with people laying topless on some parts of the beach….friendly fishes by the way the come explore around your legs….watch for spiky sea urchins….snorkel or go on a glass boat!

    Night life, there was one club really that we noticed but entry price was higher than london so we spent nights sitting low to the ground sipping cocktails and smoking shisha pipes.

    I have been all over Egypt full circle from Cairo to Luxor to Hurgada across the Red Sea to Sharm then Sinai (burning bush etc) and then back to Cairo only things i would say to watch out for is……clean water, dairy products (trust me an overnight train from Cairo heading south is no fun with the runs!) and DONT point cameras at any women covered up in the hijabs or the full gowns they get VERY upset, im serious i actually have a sony memory stick at the bottom of the Nile because of that learning curve!

    So go have fun! Sharm El Sheikh is one place you will fall in love with and go back to time and again.

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
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    Just tell her to wear what she wants, its no big deal

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