Egypt: Travel Tips - Communications



European Radio Cairo: 557 AM and 95 FM, 7 a.m.-12 midnight, is a music station playing European classical, pop, and jazz music. News in English at 7:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 8 p.m.; in French at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.; in Greek at 3 p.m.; in Aremenian at 4 p.m.; in German at 6 p.m.

Radio Cairo Overseas: broadcasts on the 31 meter band, 9475 and 9675 Khz every night from 2-3:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), but cannot be received in Egypt.

BBC: World Service Middle East broadcast is on 639 Khz from 6:45 - 10:15 a.m., 1-2 p.m., 3-9 p.m.; and 135 Khz from 5 p.m.-1:15 a.m. News is on the hour.

The VOA: Voice of America broadcasts on a variety of wavelengths from 3-10 a.m. daily.

There are many other local radio stations that play a variety of musical styles, talk radio shows and soap operas.


Channel 1: on the air from 8 a.m.-2 a.m. (local time), is mainly in Arabic.

Channel 2: broadcasting from 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. daily, has many foreign language programs.

Channel 3: is a Cairo-only station broadcasting in Arabic, from 1 p.m to 12 midnight. CNE: arrived in Egypt in 1991. It broadcasts to subscribers 24 hours a day with an uncensored program.

Channel 4: is a Suez Canal station.

Channel 5: Alexandria station.

Channel 6: Delta station.

Channel 7: Upper Egypt station.

Nile TV: Tourism promotion station.

See the Egyptian Gazette for daily television schedules. Schedules vary during Ramadan and in the summer.

Newspapers & Magazines

Although there are plenty of Arabic language newspapers, the two most important are Al Ahram and Al Akhbar. Al Ahram, The Pyramids, was established in 1875, making it the oldest newspaper in Egypt. Published daily, it also has a UK edition and a new English language edition. Al Ahram Weekly. Al Akhbar, The News, established in 1952, it also has a weekly edition.

The Egyptian Gazette, established in 1880, is the oldest foreign language newspaper still in operation in Egypt. In the past decade several new English language newspapers have emerged including the Middle East Times, published weekly, the Arab World, which caters more to news of Arabia, and the newly created Al Ahram Weekly.

In French there is Le Progress Egyptian and Le Journal dEgypte. In Greek, Pharos and in Armenian, Arev.

Hosts of foreign language newsletters serve the foreign residents in Egypt: the British Community Association News for the British community; Helioscope, serving the residents of Heliopolis; the Maadi Messenger for foreigners in Maadi, Papyrus for the German community.

English-language magazines include Arab Press Review, a biweekly political magazine, Business Monthly, featuring business news, Cairos a monthly whats on, Cairo Today, a monthly general interest magazine, Places in Egypt, designed for tourists, and Prism, a literary quarterly.

Postal Services

The Central Post Office at Midan al Ataba in Cairo (tel: 912-356) is open 24 hours a day except Friday and occasional holiday. All other post offices are open from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily, except Fridays. Mailboxes found on street corners and in front of post offices are red for regular Egyptian mail, blue for overseas airmail letters and green for Cairo and express mail within Cairo. Allow 5 days for air mail post to Europe, 8-10 days to America.

Commercial Express Mail Agencies

DHL, 20 Gamal el Din Abdul Mahasen, Garden City. Tel: 355-7301, 355-7118; 34 Abdel Khalek Sarwat. Tel: 392-9198,393-8988; 35 Ismail Ramzi, Heliopolis. Tel: 246-3571,246-0324

Federal Express, 1079 Corniche el Nil, Garden City. Tel: 355-0427; 24 Syria Mohandeseen. Tel: 349-0986; 31 Golf, Maadi. Tel: 350-7172

IML Air Couriers, 2 Mustafa Kamel, Maadi. Tel: 350-1160, 350-1240

Middle East Courier Service, 1 Mahmoud Hafez, Heliopolis. Tel: 245-9281

SOS Sky International, 45 Shehab, Mohandeseen. Tel: 346-0028, 346-2503

TNT Skypac International Express, 33 Dokki, Dokki. Tel: 348-8204, 348-7228

World Courier Egypt, 17 Qasr el Nil. Tel: 777-678,741-313

Telephone, Telex & Fax

Most 5-star hotels offer direct dial service in your room and via the telephone operator in the hotel. The Central Telephone and Telegraph Offices (8 Adli; Midan Tahrir; 26 Ramses) are open 24 hours a day, as are many branch exchanges. Others are open from 7 a.m. -10 p.m. daily. Telex and fax services are also available from the above business centers dotted around the city.

If you have an AT&T Calling Card it is possible to charge a call from Egypt to the United States to a US account. You may place a call with a New York operator by dialing 356-0200. You must supply both the American number and the number of your AT&T account. Sprint offers the same service. Contact Sprint for the needed numbers.

Alexandria 03 Hurghada 062
Aswan 097 Ismailia 064
Asyut 088 Luxor 095
Cairo 02 Port Said 066
Fayyum 084 Suez 062

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