The pound (abbreviated as LE) is the currency of Egypt. The value of a note (text and figures) is shown in both Arabic and English. The front of notes always shows a mosque and on the back there are images of famous Egyptian and historical sites.
In Dahab there are several ATMs and they function most of the time, but we recommend to you bring enough hard currency (euros, dollars or GB pounds) just in case …..
ATMs dispense notes of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 pounds. Try as soon as possible to break the 50, 100 and 200 into small bills because there is always a lack of change. You need small money for baksheesh (tip) and for example taxi’s.

There are coins, worth 1 LE, jokingly called the Egyptian Euro because of the resemblance.
At International airports you can change money on arrival before you go through passport control (at the same counter as you buy your visa stamp). When you buy a visa you get the change in Egyptian pounds.
In many tourist shops you can pay in euros, but the exchange rate will certainly not be to your advantage.

Straight away at the airport, you will experience the phenomenon of ‘baksheesh’: tipping / gratuities. This is a part of the culture. For each ‘service’ you give baksheesh. Keep in mind that the wages in Egypt are very low and unemployment is high; everybody wants something extra to earn. Egyptians also pay baksheesh: it is all part of Egypt. How much baksheesh you should give is hard to advise on: follow your feelings.

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