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Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Egypt - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



105 174 090 (2023 estimate) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Egypt - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)


(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

Egypt - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 14th April 2021

Egypt - Languages


The national language, Arabic External, is spoken in a number of forms by most people. Some 100 000 people speak Kenuzi-Dongola External, 200 000 speak Nobiin External and 5 000 speak Siwi External, a Berber dialect.

Egypt - Forms of address


Form of address use is complex in Egypt and needs to be fully understood to ensure correct usage. The main points are summarized here.

The forms of address used in Egypt are:

   Mr                Al-Sayed
   Mrs               Al-Sayeda
   Miss              Al-Anisa

For addressing somebody more senior (in social position) or a professional, such as a doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant and so on, these forms of address are used:

   Mr                Al-Ostaz
   Mrs               Al-Ostaza
   Miss              Al-Anessa

These forms of address are always followed by the full name. When the person has another title, such as Doctor, he/she is saluted in this way:

   Al-Ostaz Al-Doctor [rest of name] (male)
   Al-Ostaza Al-Doctor [rest of name] (female)

Engineers and architects are saluted using Al-Mohandess.

A person’s job title should be added under the name, and a letter should be opened:

   Taheya tayebba wa baad

meaning “my greetings”.

   Tables of forms of address External can be acquired

Egypt - Company legal forms


   Note: This section last updated 24th February 2014

Egyptian company legal forms include:

   CCLS (Commandite Company Limited by Shares)   
   JSC (Joint Stock Company)   
   LLC (Limited Liability Company)
   Representative Office   
   SAE (Sharikat al-Mossahamah) - public limited company
   Sharikat Tadamun - general partnership
   Sharikat Tawssiyah Bassita - unlimited company
   Sharikat Tawssiyah Belashom - limited liability partnership
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Egypt - Address format


   Note: This section last updated 20th August 2023

Addresses are written in the following format:

   Recipient name
   number[ ]Thoroughfare name[ ]District name
   postal code

for example:



The district may also be written on the line below the thoroughfare name.


Addresses written in Latin script will often be written in English.

The word Hag is added before the first name of those people who have been on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Egypt - Post office box


This is usually found in English as PO Box.

Egypt - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 20th August 2023

In 2020 Egypt Post, together with DHL, developed a new 7-digit postal code, where each code indicated a group or block of buildings. The codes do not appear to have been derived from the previous 5-digit codes. Implementation is patchy – expect to find both old and new codes for some time. The first two digits indicate the province, the third digit is the locality, the fourth and fifth are the neighbourhood and the final two are the community. [1]

For 5-digit codes: The postal code consists of a block of 5 digits. The first indicates the region, the second the governorate (before re-organisation in 2014), the third the quality of service and the last two the delivery area or post office.

[1] https://epostalmap.com/en/ External | https://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2020/03/09/egypt-post-applies-new-postcode-system-with-dhl/ External | https://www.pr.com/press-release/819124 External 20230705

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Egypt - Postal code format graphic

image (7-digit code)

image (5-digit code)

Egypt - Postal code format

Egypt - Postal code specifics


Egypt - Postal code regular expression

\A\d{7,7}\Z (7-digit postal codes)

\A\d{5,5}\Z (5-digit postal codes)

Egypt - Postal code level of coverage

Egypt - Postal code map

This map refers to 5-digit codes.


Place names in Egypt


   Note: This section last updated 9th March 2016

Refer to Exonyms in Egypt for full lists of place names in Egypt in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http:www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Egypt - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 2nd September 2014

Egypt’s 30 governorate External names (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah) are to be found in addresses. The transliteration scheme used to reproduce these names is different to that used in the place names section. Where an alternative is known, this is given in the list below. The governorates are:

Governorate Postal code first digits (5-digit codes)
Ad Daqahliyah External 44
Al Alamein 51 (shared with Matruh)
Al Bahr al Ahmar External 84
Al Buhayrah External 22
Al Fayyum External 63
Al Gharbiyah External 31
Al Iskandariyah (El Iskandarîya) External 21, 23
Al Isma’iliyah External 41
Al Jizah (El Gîza) External 12 (shared with Al Wahhat Al Bahariya)
Al Minufiyah External 32
Al Minya External 61
Al Qahirah (El Qâhira) External 11
Al Qalyubiyah External 13
Al Uqsur (Luxor) External 83 (shared with Qina (Qena))
Al Wadi al Jadid External 72 (shared with Al Wahhat Al Bahariya)
Al Wahhat Al Bahariya 12 (shared with Al Jizah), 72 (shared with Al Wadi al Jadid)
Ash Sharqiyah External 35
As Suways (El Suweis) External 43
Aswan External 81
Asyut External 71
Bani Suwayf External 62
Bur Sa’id (Bûr Saîd) External 42
Central Sinai 46 (shared with Janub Sina’), 45 (shared with Shamal Sina’)
Dumyat (Dumyât) External 34
Janub Sina’ External 46 (shared with Central Sinai)
Kafr ash Shaykh External 33
Matruh External 51 (shared with Al Alamein)
Qina (Qena) External 83 (shared with Al Uqsur (Luxor))
Shamal Sina’ External 45 (shared with Central Sinai)
Suhaj External 82
   This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Egypt


   Note: This section last updated 6th September 2017

When called from abroad, Egyptian area codes for geographic numbers have 1 or 2 digits and subscriber numbers have 7 or 8 digits, with a full length of 9 digits. Mobile numbers have the area codes 10-12, 1550 or 1555 and are 10 digits long.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/egypt/admin/ External 20240305

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