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A move to Egypt is one that will give you many wonderful things to plan for your life. Egyptian people are full of energy, very friendly and very open. The country has a very low crime rate. It doesn't cost a lot of money to live in Egypt and people looking for employment can generally get a job. Westerners are happily accepted and acknowledged by Egyptians. They consider themselves your host and are proud to have you in their country.You can get a feel for modern life in the Middle East by visiting Cairo. It has also been the heart of the Islamic world for 1,000 years. Huge and vibrant, the city is the largest in Africa and the Middle East. There are approximately 16 to 18 million people living in Cairo. The city contains a great variety of culture. There are many educated Egyptians who know English quite well. A broad range of people find Cairo to be a very practical place to live happy, successful lives. This includes, but is not limited to, lawyers, administrators, editors, teachers, consultants, journalists and development workers.There are two ways to get paid if you live and work in Egypt - local currency or foreign currency. Those who receive local currency generally get paid much better. If you arrive in Egypt needing to find a job, you will most likely receive a job paying local currency. Costs are low in Egypt so it's not expensive to live there. Rent averages $325 for a large 2- bedroom apartment and a ride on the subway is only thirteen cents. You can eat for as little as 25 cents if you eat a bowl of kushari which is a mix of lentils, pasta and tomato sauce.When you enter the Cairo Airport, you will automatically receive a one-month tourist visa for a few pounds of Egyptian money. This can be exchanged for stamps that you can buy at the currency exchange window before you show your passport. If you need to stay longer than a month, you must go to the heart of Cairo to the Mogamma on Tahrir Square. There will be an application to fill out a day or two before your 30-day visa expires. You will need a photograph and pay a small fee to the people there who will need a couple of hours to process your information.As you make your plans to move to Egypt, get started as soon as possible. It's going to require a lot of work to make this move abroad. One of the first things to do is decide what you want to take with you when you move. While this is a tough job, it's important that you make decisions so you can keep accomplishing things in the relocating process. Going through one room at a time, decide what you want to keep and what you can get rid of before moving.When it comes to deciding what to do with your belongings, you have several options. You need to take things with you that are important and have sentimental value. Look into the cost of furniture in Egypt. Many rentals are furnished so you may not need to move all of your furniture. Another option is to have a sale and make some money on items that you don't want to move. You can also give your unwanted items to a local charity or second hand store.If you don't want to take some items but you don't want to part with them, you can put them in storage. A storage shed is relatively cheap and may give you some peace of mind about some items that you don't want to sell. Last, but not least, you can certainly throw away items that are broken, outdated or worn out. Don't be afraid to throw away things, as it's actually quite therapeutic to actually get rid of things and make real progress in your moving endeavors.You might also want to consider studying up on Egyptian culture before making your trip there. Things are very different than Western culture, so it's good to know what to expect. Unlike some of the other Muslim countries, Egypt is a little more accepting of others and does not require such strict dress and head coverings. However, they will not tolerate extreme immodesty. Read about their food, transportation, housing and education.By taking the time to prepare and stay organized, you will make the moving process much easier and less stressful. You can stay ahead of the game by taking good notes, keeping track of names and numbers, applying early for your visa and doing your research. The more you do, the easier you will find your move and transition to your new country of Egypt!
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