Welcome to Egypt. Strategically located in North Africa and the Middle East, Egypt is well-known for its tourism, natural beauty and rich culture and history. It’s a key player in Middle Eastern politics and is home to exciting and challenging business opportunities in various sectors from food and agritech to oil and gas. Many of these opportunities lend themselves to the capabilities and strengths New Zealand either already has, or has the potential to develop further.
To find out more, download our Egypt market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 24th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||122 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||108 of 176|
Getting to Egypt
Flights from New Zealand to Egypt have at least one stop. Airlines that can take you there include Air New Zealand, Emirates and Etihad Airways, and it will take you at least 26 hours.
When to visit
Egypt’s summer is June to September, with extremely hot temperatures. There are also national holidays to consider such as Ramadan. These are set by the moon sightings so the dates can change. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with Egypt’s national holidays as many businesses close during this time.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on Egypt.
Egypt follows a similar etiquette as most other Muslim countries. These customs including bringing gifts when you visit someone’s home, taking your shoes off before you enter the house, and using your right hand to greet and eat.
From a business perspective, networking is the foundation of Egyptian business. It’s also important to look your best for meetings, which are typically quite formal.
For more cultural tips, take a look at our guide on this page.
Getting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in Egypt
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit Egypt, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information.
New Zealand's relationship with Egypt
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with Egypt, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their Egypt page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.