Egypt is serious about their tourism. Â As they probably should be – it’s been a tourist destination for a very long time. Â After all, Herodotus wrote what might have been the first tourism book about Egypt many many years ago.
Nowadays, they have a special police force that handles tourist issues. Â Here’s one of their cars, as seen at Saqqara.
We even had a guard traveling with us whenever we were in Cairo. Â Each day a man would be on the bus wearing a suit with a suspicious firearm-shaped bulge. Â You can see a rather serious gun peeking out from under this guy’s jacket.
(Almost universally, the Egyptians that I met seemed to like having their picture taken. Â You can see this by all the smiles in all the pictures you’ve seen in these past few posts.)
They even have a special emergency phone number for the Tourism Police. Â It’s 122 for the normal police, 126 if you happen to be a tourist.
I’m not sure if all that protection makes me feel safer or more at risk!