. Greetings are based on both class and the religion of the person.
. It is best to follow the lead of the Egyptian you are meeting.
. Handshakes are the customary greeting among individuals of the same sex.
. Handshakes are somewhat limp and prolonged, although they are always given with a hearty smile and direct eye contact.
. Once a relationship has developed, it is common to kiss on one cheek and then the other while shaking hands, men with men and women with women.
. In any greeting between men and women, the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should bow his head in greeting.
. The family is the most significant unit of Egyptian society.
. Kinship plays an important role in all social relations.
. The individual is always subordinate to the family, tribe or group.
. Nepotism is viewed positively, since it is patronage of one's family.
. The family consists of both the nuclear and the extended family.
. Social class is very apparent in Egypt since it determines your access to power and position.
. The social class an Egyptian is born into dictates their everyday life and the opportunities they will have.
. There are three social classes: upper, middle, and lower.
. Status is defined more by family background than by absolute wealth.
. There is little social mobility.
Gift Giving Etiquette
. If you are invited to an Egyptian's home for dinner, bring good quality chocolates, sweets or pastries to the hostess.
. Do not give flowers, which are usually reserved for weddings or the ill, unless you know that the hosts would appreciate them.
. A small gift for the children shows affection.
. Always give gifts with the right hand or both hands if the gift is heavy.
. Gifts are not opened when received