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Ahmed Abdalfattah

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Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Alexandria, Aswan, Cairo, Dubai, Luxor, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, United Arab Emirates

  • Activities

    Adventure, Archeological Tour, Boat Tour, Charter Cruise, Cultural Immersion, Desert Tour, Family Tour, Heritage-History Tour, Jeep Safari, Lifestyle, Multi Activity Tour, Night Tour, Photo Tour, Private Tour, Sailing, Sightseeing, Walking Tour, Water Activities

  • Guiding Experience

    13 years

  • Languages

    Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

  • Awards

    Best guide 2012 in Egypt

  • Favorite Trip

    Best of Egypt tours

  • Licenses/Certifications

    Jata

Guide Bio

Get To Know Egypt Guide Ahmed Abdalfattah

Driven with the desire to go further to discover and experience the genuine aspects of each place, traveling has become a real experience and passion for Egypt guide Ahmed Abdalfattah.    
What inspires you?

I was born near the great pyramids of Giza, every day in the morning I look to the pyramids. 

I started thinking why not help all those who wished to visit my country, thereby making their travel dreams come true by helping them to experience the best of our culture and discover a little more about our identity. Then, I combined my love for traveling with the passion for my country and started to create personalized itineraries, designed to satisfy each one’s pace, but always with the goal of discovering our identity as a country.

I decided to study Egyptian history and tourism and I also studied English, French and Japanese. As a tour guide, I founded my travel agency, Look at Egypt tours, to serve travelers from all over the world – to give them the best travel packages and travel ideas and help them to make the best of their travel.

Did you have any jobs or a career before becoming a guide? If so, how did you make the transition to becoming a guide?

Yes, during my study at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotels I used to work as tour leader till my graduation and getting my guidance license.

Tell us a bit about your first guiding experience, where did you go and what was memorable about it?

I remember my first day on tour as if it was yesterday, I was very confused. It was a tour of Alexandria city. I started to talk with them about general topics and their jobs as an ice breaker then when we arrived in Alexandria I started to talk about the city and its story. My problem was I was talking so much and I wanted to explain all that I knew and studied. But with the time and the experience I started to know what I should explain and when to stop. I became one of the top 10 guides for Egypt 2012.

How would you describe your guiding style?

I always feel my guiding style is educational and cultural.

What is the best part of your job?

Meeting new people, I love people.

What’s the most interesting or bizarre experience you’ve had on a guided tour?

I had a group from Japan of 9 ladies. The youngest was 65 years old and oldest one was 82.  It was long trip – 21 days all over Egypt. The most interesting point was this tour is extremely hard and it included entering to the great pyramids and many other tombs with tunnels 150 meters deep and only 1 meter high, and a 3000 meter climb of Mount of Sinai was included to see the sunrise.

The next day we went to the pyramids and I explained to them  how it is very difficult and I don’t recommend it for you, they ignored my advice and entered the pyramids. And when they got out they told me it was interesting. I completed the trip and I discovered they are younger than me.

What sites in Egypt & Dubai would you list as ‘must sees’ and why?

Egypt has many iconic sights you must see and enjoy such as:

  • Visiting the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx,  the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and King Tutankhamon treasures
  • The Saladin Citadel
  • Going on Nile cruise; watching a belly dancer performance on a Nile cruise
  • Visiting the West Bank of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings–
  • Drinking a fresh juice especially mango, or eating Kebab and Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish
  • Visiting the Luxor and Karnak temples in Luxor
  • Visiting Abu Simbel, to the South of Aswan
  • Exploring the Colored Canyons in Sinai
  • Going to Khan El Khalili touristic market in Cairo, exploring Islamic Cairo by walking tour

Dubai is called the jewel of the gulf with much to see:

  • Visit the Dubai Museum
  • Explore the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque Burj Al Arab
  • View the Palm Jumeirah, a manmade island that’s shape resembles a palm tree
  • Visit Atlantis the Palm
  • Dubai Mall where you will enjoy shopping for thousands of brands
  • The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  • Burj Khalifa the longest building in the world
  • Safari tours in Dubai sand dunes
Every job has its ups and downs. Are there any aspects of your job that you don’t like or aren’t that keen on? 

The tourism field is a very sensitive industry and any political or social or even natural issues have impacts on the tourism field. The hardest time for us in Egypt was after the revolution in 2011. Egypt faced very hard times and the hardest thing was the media that impacted Egyptian tourism by posting bad and wrong news about Egypt.

But we always say as travel professionals – tourism maybe gets sick but it never dies. So Egypt recovered again.

When you’re not busy guiding – what’s your favourite thing you to do?

Before I used to travel with my friends for fishing or camping in the white desert. Now I am married so the free time is with my wife.

As an experienced instructor and guide, can you explain to our readers what the benefits of hiring a guide are?

In a country like Egypt, a guide is essential and necessary for a good trip because Egypt it is not organized or easy to move as some countries, so to enjoy any tours in Egypt it must be an organized tour. Another reason is a local guide can give you more value for your trip to understand the culture, history, and traditions of the country. This will make your tour a different and exceptional one.

In your view, what makes a good instructor and guide?

The knowledge and the attitude. Every guide will provide a unique experience. So choosing a guide, you can choose anyone – this will make your tour different and enjoyable. So I recommend having a guide anywhere and everywhere.

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Howdy I am Ahmed Abdalfattah Egyptologist & Egypt travel expert.

I have been in the travel, tourism and hospitality business for over 14 years. I have handled every factor of travel in Egypt. My love of this industry started when I was young, growing up near the pyramids of Giza. I studied history and tourism at university and am currently completing my PHD in tourism.

In being a tour guide, I work with people from all over the world, presenting them with my knowledge of Egyptian culture, traditions and history. I can share with you a very unique and unforgettable experience in Egypt.

Ahmed Abdalfattah's Reviews

  • Antonella
    Reply

    Incredible experience and wonderful tour guides who have extensive knowledge. Excellent tour package. Great customer service. Package tailored to our specific request. Professional and good security awareness. Highly recommend this company as one of the best in egypt. We felt completely safe…saw so many sites and would definitely book with them again. Thank you Look At Egypt for making our first trip to Egypt so memorable.

  • Renta
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    Look at Egypt knows exactly how to make ur trip to Egypt awesome !! The founder Abd Al Fatah himself guided us on one of our 6days trip. He is a very nice person and the other guides are nice too. Tho, can be a cause of cultural or communication gap that ppl may sometimes sound rude at times… not sure abt what exactly i would say. However all the guides knew pretty good english and was easy for understanding. The guides also had good knowledge regarding the history amd would explain well. They were always there to pick us up for the destinations on time. They also provided airport services inside terminals .. Well that was cool !!
    The restaurants they include in their packages, actually had three lunches within it. 1/3 was a good and quality place but the other two served good and tasty food, tho the environment wasnt that well.
    Overall they deserve a 4star according to me. No complains to the services and commitments.

    Visited Christmas 2015

  • Mora
    Reply

    It was definitely the best trip we ever had. Everything was perfectly arranged for us and they assured that we had the best experience in Egypt. The country is amazing and the people very friendly and welcoming. We had great tour guides that had a lot of knowledge and played an important role in our trip. I really hope that more people can have the opportunity to discover this amazing place with Look At Egypt Tours.

  • Priscilla
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    A very reliable tour company with smart and knowledgeable tour guides. We stayed at the Movenpick hotel- pyramids hotel in Giza and took the 5day Nile river cruise in the Nile M/S Premium. Stay in both the places were great! A good note to travelers is that you cannot compare the ambience/ amenities and services of a 5star hotel with a 5star cruise. 5star cruises is more like a higher end 3star hotel. However, the food in the cruise was wonderful! They had events every evening to keep us occupied. The tour guides in both Cairo and the Nile cruise trip from Luxor and Aswan were very nice, friendly and knew their stuff. I cannot recommend this tour company enough. Pack your bags and tour Egypt with Look at Egypt!

    • Stephen
      Reply

      We took a tour with Look At Egypt in March 2015. We were 5, three adults and 2 small (<10 yrs) kids. Ahmed did a fantasitc job organizing a tour of Cairo with Giza/Saqqara, and the Coptic Quarter plus the museum. He also arranged a flight to Luxor where we visited the Valley of the Kings, Luxor and Karnak. From there we had a lovely river cruise up the Nile to Aswan, stopping in Edfu, Komombo, and then seeing the High Dam and Philae in Aswan. Look at Egypt organized EVERYTHING, from assistance with the visa process at entrance, vans at every stop waiting to receive us, the flights, boat, and the tour guide went with us the entire way. I cannot recommend this company enough and would personally like to thank Ahmed and Hossam for accomodating us in such lovely fashion. If you have the opportunity, go to Egypt with Look at Egypt and ask for Hossam to guide you around. Hossam was exceptionally knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and just supremely enjoyable to talk to. He took us on a extra side trip to the Nubian Villages in Aswan and accomdated everything we asked for. For one packed week, it was the trip of a lifetime.

      Visited March 2015

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