So, I guess Egyptians pretty much just combine the custom of dating and engagement together. Unfortunately we didn’t get onto the subject of paying the bride’s father with camels and sheep.
As a Middle Eastern, predominately Muslim nation, Egypt is not the biggest partying and drinking destination in the world.
The big difference is that Egyptian engagements are the time where the man and woman decide if they really like each other and want to follow through with marriage.
Some Egyptians go out for the night with their families, while others go out with their friends.
For foreigners, it's fine to go out with your same age group of friends.
No, it's not a requirement for a woman to cover her head (even many Egyptian women don't), but showing legs and arms is definitely iffy.
Ultimately it's up to you, but I recommend always trying to be respectful in the country you are visiting.
When an Egyptian gets engaged, the man gives the woman a ring, and their family has a big engagement party where all their friends are invited.
I suppose this is not unlike a Western engagement in this regard.
Coffeeshops and local hangouts in Egypt are open until the early hours of the morning serving sheesha, food and hot beverages.
Bars and clubs usually start to fill up around 10 pm, and some of them shut their doors by 2 am, while others remain open until 4 am and beyond. Even during the day, though it's often blazing hot, men normally wear long pants and shoes.
Before thinking about dating an Egyptian woman, one must really strive to understand some of the Egyptian culture and religious connotations that come with it.