Modern Day Culture
Modern Day Culture: Egyptian history dates back thousands of years, and is strongly rooted in family, culture and religion. Egyptians are very polite and mild-mannered people and are quick to assist someone asking for directions.
The days of the pharaohs have long passed, Egypt is paving the way to become one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East. Egyptian culture has evolved but still holds onto their strong Muslim and Islamic traditions and more conservative dress. One thing to note is if you ever invite or are invited somewhere by an Egyptian, the first ask generally will always result in a polite refusal. A second invitation is warranted when it is a sincere request, not just a polite request; and this second invitation can be accepted.
On the business side of life in Egypt, individuals of the same gender will commonly shake hands; women would need to extend their hand first for a handshake; if not, they will be the recipient of a head nod. Over the course of business negotiations, there are typically several invitations to coffee and dinner, and while a direct “no” is rare, an answer that is not firm is a polite declination of the offer. It is common courtesy to address people in a business meeting by their title as opposed to their first name, unless specifically asked to do so.