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… the Living Point team can answer many more questions?
Our many years of experience give us the opportunity to answer other questions competently. Here are a few examples that would go beyond the scope of a normal FAQ. That is why we created these pages.
Banks in Egypt
If you ask around and ask which bank to choose, you will usually be given the name of the CIB. This is certainly a competent and large bank, but we are convinced that you are in better hands as a customer of the Arab African International Bank (AAIB) or the Qatar National Bank (QNB). Our advisors will be happy to provide you with personal contacts in one of these two banks for the purpose of opening an account and / or a personal conversation.
There are almost innumerable insurance companies in Egypt, both for car insurance, building insurance. or home insurance as well as household items and liability insurance. You can also take out health insurance here. The topic is very extensive and can only be touched on in passing. In any case, it is worthwhile to deal with Allianz Egypt and Misr.
Leisure activities in Hurghada and the surrounding area
For leisure, there are plenty of opportunities to design in Hurghada and around. Starting with the classic beach or diving, there are also many other options for doing something alone or in a group. For this reason we have dedicated a separate page to leisure activities.
Hospitals & private clinics
It has an abundance of public and private hospitals in Hurghada. The best known is probably the Nile Hospital, but one also knows the El Gouna Hospital and now the Royal Hospital.
The quality, the service and the prices sometimes vary considerably. The Royal is currently one of the most popular hospitals among immigrants, but has the disadvantage that it does not have all the necessary equipment in the house and is therefore partly dependent on other providers.
The Nile Hospital is frequented by the locals with high incomes, some of it has very new equipment, but others are getting on in years.
El Gouna Hospital is often described as “the Rolls Royce” of clinics. But this is not correct. As in the other hospitals, the doctors have had a very good education, some of which was acquired abroad. The prices are the same as or cheaper than those of the other hospitals, but in El Gouna Hospital you have to accept considerable waiting times and a rather mediocre organization.
Dentists and dental clinics
There is also no lack of dentists and dental clinics in Hurghada. However, a number of them cannot cover the basic needs of European customers, as there is often a lack of experience in handling and hygiene.
Nevertheless, there is also a considerable number of good or even exemplary doctors and clinics, which are often even better equipped than their European colleagues.
The prices fluctuate quite considerably, but you can see that they are still below those of the Czech Republic or Hungary. Based on our own experience, we recommend Dr. Amr Hassan from Red Sea Smile. We will be happy to send you his phone number on request.
In Egypt it is customary to tip around 10% (Backsisch). Important: If you are not satisfied, please do not give a tip. This would be misunderstood and the service would never improve
Taxi or Uber in Hurghada
To cut a long story short: we generally advise against driving a taxi. In particular the “orange taxis” are meant here, which work hard every day to worsen their already ruined reputation.
They drive too fast, one often has the impression that they are drugged, press the passengers for payment and are often very unfriendly.
Of course, this does not apply to all drivers, which we would like to explain explicitly here, but unfortunately for the majority.
However, the company “ABC-Taxi” is recommended. It seems as if the drivers got clear “no-gos”, the prices are clear and the drivers are usually on time and friendly.
Also we can clearly recomment “UBER”. I use it myself from time to time and have nothing to complain at all.