Port Said

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Port Saïde – is the Europeanized name for the Egyptian city of Burr Saïde. It is the most important seaport in the Middle Sea, located at the northern entrance to the Suez Canal, and the administrative center of a single governorate. It is also known as an industrial and commercial center and a seaside resort. One of the most important activities of the Port of Said is the refuelling of ships and the maintenance of the Suez Canal.

Port Saïd was founded in 1856 on the channel between the Mediterranean coast and Lake Manzaleh as an infrastructure for a canal under construction. But thanks to the free trade zone, Port Said has developed into a major city.

Port Said was in the spotlight during the 1956 Suechoche Crisis (when the status of the channel was determined by the use of guns). At that time the city withstood the attacks of the Anglo-French detachment for one day, which made it famous as the Egyptian Stalinist. In 1962, Port Said became the adoptive city of Vologda.

It is an interesting fact that the famous Statue of Liberty was originally thought to be installed in Port Said, called the Light of Asia. But the government of Egypt felt that the cost of transporting and installing the station was too high. Now, all that remains in the city are the surviving 19th-century buildings.

100 USD = 4,771.00 EGP

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Religious
  • Population: 570,000 people
  • GDP: $2,823 / year
  • Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 5 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Mobinil
  • Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
  • Tipping: Generally tipping around 10% is good etiquette at a restaurant in Egypt. … This service charge goes to the restaurant, not the waiter so be sure to tip the waiter or waitress in addition. They will rely on this money for their income. If the service is exceptional, you could always leave a larger gratuity than 10%.
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best coffee 24/7: Sonesta Port Said
  • Best coffee: World Coffee
  • Best taxi: Careem
  • Best hospital: Port Said General Hospital
  • Best short-haul air carrier: AirEgypt
  • Best intl air carrier: AirEgypt
  • Monthly costs for expat: $550
  • Monthly costs for family: $650
  • Monthly costs for local: $180
  • Meal: $1.6
  • Small Cola: $0.3
  • Beer 1 Pint: $0.8
  • Coffee: $0.5

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