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Old March 26th, 2009, 01:09 PM
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Default a friend is going to egypt, what to tell them to look for?

ok so a friend is going to egypt in about a week and AFAIK she knows nothing of hookah but i am asking her to pick me up what she can find there for a trade of some art stuff so what should i tell her to look for.

i think i will tell her to try and get stuff that looks like it is made in house since i figure its going to be pretty easy to get stuff like AF and nakhla and the like there. what other directions should i try and get her to look at?

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Old March 26th, 2009, 01:43 PM
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Default Re: a friend is going to egypt, what to tell them to look for?

for shisha I think you might be screwed trying to describing it to her other that what you mentioned, but for hookahs it seems like you may as well send her to the KM store, probably be a room full of bullseyes from the pics people have posted...
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Old March 26th, 2009, 01:46 PM
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Default Re: a friend is going to egypt, what to tell them to look for?

where does she go to in egypt?
in cairo you can get KM hookahs and fresh nakhla, al fakher, al masah and other shisha.
but tell her dont to buy shisha at a bazar. its the worst quality and very old stuff.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 02:03 PM
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im not to sure where she is going, i know she is going to "see the pyramids" and taking a cruse on the nile after a week working with habitat for humanity i think. im going to assume she will have a translator or be in a group at least so she can hopefully talk to a local or some one that is more of a local at least to help

i assume nakhla has the same packaging over there since it has english and arabic on the packs but i may be wrong

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Old March 26th, 2009, 02:49 PM
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In Cairo the El Ashrey and and KM shops are a must. Outside of that I'd suggest getting all the Nakhla naturally flavoured black moassel they don't export and all the stuff in the Prince natural line. I have a post floating here with a bunch of info on great places to visit.

Still, the best thing to do is head to the Southern half of the country and get all the regional tombac and moassels that never make it out of the country. Also, the South is cheaper, less crowded and quite beautiful and represents to me the best of the country.

Our member The Egyptian is in Cairo and doudtlessly could point you to a bunch of stuff as well.
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you may want to avoid the El Ashrey shop. From what Ahmad tells me it's in one of the worst areas of the city. He won't even go there himself!
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Old March 26th, 2009, 05:03 PM
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ya i dont think i can give her to specific things, i think i will pull up the nakhla site and look at the unflavored stuff and send her the pics of it and just tell her to try and grab the local stuff. and if she feels like it to grab a KM for me. i will leave it up to her as to how much she wants to get since i will just give her a better piece/pieces of jewelry or blown glass for what she brings back

what is the limit on tobacco amount per person, 2kilos? or is egypt to US not an issue really
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but tell her dont to buy shisha at a bazar. its the worst quality and very old stuff.
Spot on, indeed. Buy from a tobacco shop with high turnover and high traffic of buyers. This way you guarantee it is not months or even years old batch. Don't also pay more than sticker price. Official prices are:

Nakhla 250g 3.5 EGP
Nakhla 50g 1.0 EGP

AF 50g 10 EGP
AF 250g 30 - 40 EGP depending on the venue

Al Masah 250g 22 EGP


Note that USD 1 = 5.5 EGP Approximately.

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im not to sure where she is going, i know she is going to "see the pyramids" and taking a cruse on the nile after a week working with habitat for humanity i think. im going to assume she will have a translator or be in a group at least so she can hopefully talk to a local or some one that is more of a local at least to help

i assume nakhla has the same packaging over there since it has english and arabic on the packs but i may be wrong

-matt
Going to see the pyramids = will be in the Greater Cairo area

Translator = gets a cut from shops for getting your friend to go there and to "trust" them that this is the lowest price, "my friend", if you catch my drift.

True, Nakhla has the exact same packaging, try to get me where she will be staying and I will direct you to the nearest hookah market, and give you directions to the KM store.

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you may want to avoid the El Ashrey shop. From what Ahmad tells me it's in one of the worst areas of the city. He won't even go there himself!
True that. I also would never recommend a female going there, of any species LOL


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ya i dont think i can give her to specific things, i think i will pull up the nakhla site and look at the unflavored stuff and send her the pics of it and just tell her to try and grab the local stuff. and if she feels like it to grab a KM for me. i will leave it up to her as to how much she wants to get since i will just give her a better piece/pieces of jewelry or blown glass for what she brings back

what is the limit on tobacco amount per person, 2kilos? or is egypt to US not an issue really
-matt
http://www.nakhla.com/GroupsData.aspx

Btw, some Nakhla products are not available in the Egyptian market, or have limited availability.

Also, KM is a MUST. She has to go to the KM store and get you one.

Last but not least, they don't give a crap here how much tobacco you take out, so ask her to bring as much as possible
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Last but not least, they don't give a crap here how much tobacco you take out, so ask her to bring as much as possible
However the USA does care how much you bring back. I'm not sure what the limits are, but they are there. Last time I did any international travel the limit was 200 cigarettes (a carton), not sure how this would apply to hookah tobacco though.
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I recall TE mentioning the problem with the neighborhood El Ashrey is in but I never had any problems when I went there and the selection is amazing. Naturally I would never suggest any woman go out at night and if you go there have a male escort. If you don't go be sure to grab some of the moassel I mentioned as it's really great and impossible to find in the states. Also, you can mail so back to your self to get past customs, I did that when I lived in the U.S.
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Default Re: a friend is going to egypt, what to tell them to look for?

tax free shisha is also a good thing to look for,
just make sure u declare it.
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well she is up for trying to get me a hookah as well and she will be visiting a friend in Cairo for a few days so hopefully that will make it easier for her to get out to one of the KM places. i figure i can probably snag a stem at the least hopefully the full rig and some tobaccos. i will try for her to get some unflavored stuff and some more local shishas

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