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.
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
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.