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    Overall Cairo is safe but try avoiding Tahrir square and Moustafa Mahmoud square in Mohandeseen although traffic is normal in these places but every now and then some clashes take place between the revolutionaries and the thugs. However all the sightseeing in Cairo are open for tourists. You can stay in hotels in Pyramids area which is very calm and away from all disturbances over 9 years ago

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    Thank You Very Much for your kind response. Right after I inquired here I went to a news site and saw that there was a lot of political activity again today. Again, I appreciate your time in answering my question. Guess I had better plan to be somewhere else for awhile yet. over 9 years ago

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    if you plan visit Egypt it is better to avoid Cairo, i recommended Luxor and Aswan, red sea coast is also lovely and safety at the moment.
    wish u a lovely trip. over 9 years ago

    Answered by love_egypt via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Really I don't think you need to avoid Egypt or Cairo. Cairo is a very, very large city of almost 20 million people and the demonstration is taking place in a tiny, tiny fraction of it. It's like saying there's a demonstration outside Buckingham Palace so you can't go to London. I have "western" friends staying in Cairo who go to Tahrir regularly to photograph or see what's happening. I live out near the pyramids and truly we never see any sign of disturbance or trouble - we simply see the pyramids sadly devoid of tourists.

    Fridays are the main day for political activity. But all-in-all it is relatively calm - and I don't believe any tourists have been caught up or in any way harmed during this quest by Egyptians for a democratic future. All tourist sites are open. over 9 years ago

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    WWWatchdog, great advice from the other responders. I too think it's not really necessary to avoid all of Egypt or even Cairo. However, as I always say, it's up to each person to determine the level of risk they're prepared to accept. Lydall's friends who go to Tahrir Square to take photographs are taking a big risk. if they're travellers and they get injured in a clash they'd have a hard time explaining to their travel insurance company why they decided to go towards danger, so if you do go to Cairo avoid Tahrir Square and the other trouble spots that Egypt Holidays Directory mentioned.
    And here are my tips on what to do if you unexpectedly come across civil unrest:
    I think any trouble that erupts will be localised, but it pays to check with locals and hotel staff before heading out for the day - they'll know if there's been any trouble that's begun overnight.
    Phil over 9 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR EXCELLENT ADVICE AND PERSPECTIVES... I so appreciate every one of your responses. WWWatchdog http://wrongwood.com/forum WWWatchdog over 9 years ago
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    You might enjoy seeing these images from last Friday in Tahrir so you can see what the atmosphere is like :-) http://www.ramysalem.com/2011/07/last-warning/ over 9 years ago

    • good photos. Ask Phil over 9 years ago

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