A young Cairene writer and blogger has given us her opinion on travel safety in Egypt. Last week we featured a story on the head of one of Australia’s largest travel companies pleading with Aussie travellers to return to Egypt, saying it is no more risky than the UK. Cox & Kings CEO Steve Reynolds has just returned from a two-week holiday with his children India, 8, and Charlotte, 10, and said there was nothing to fear more than one year on from the Egyptian uprising.
“Egypt is open for business and no one should feel unsafe travelling there,” Steve said. “People don’t give a second thought about visiting London even though it recently experienced some fairly significant civil unrest.”
In response to readers’comments, Steve went on to say: ” In Cairo the demonstrations are confined to certain areas and do not affect any tourist hotspots, which are all heavily guarded. When I was in London the demonstration was indiscriminate and the Cox & Kings office in Millbank was blockaded and inaccessible for six days due to rioting students, with many staff and visitors to the area of Westminster put at risk of serious injury as a mob of students destroyed infrastructure, cars and buildings with no regard for anyone else in their path.”
From Cairo Marwa Elnaggar writes: “I agree that any danger is extremely local and only wherever the demonstrations at that particular time are going on. Living here in Cairo, if I am not in the exact vicinity of the demonstrations (and not logging onto Facebook, Twitter, or watching the news), then I would have no idea that anything is going on.
“The only place that tourists visit that witnessed any violence since January 25, 2011, was Tahrir Square. With regards to general safety, there is a marked decrease in crimes (usually muggings and theft of cars, and usually on highways and less populated areas) since the beginning of this year.
“Having said that, I really could not say if this relative peace will continue in the coming month and a half. The first (hopefully) democratic elections are coming up later in May, and the military junta have so far demonstrated that they are not willing to give up their power easily.
“If the elections are proven to be a fraud, with blatant vote rigging, or if somehow one of the old regime’s candidates wins, I expect demonstrations on the scale of those of the revolution. We’re all hoping for the best in the coming couple of months, but at the same time, the worst is not an impossibility.”