|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$49.14|
|Fitness club, monthly fee for 1 adult||$35.46|
|Pack of cigarettes||$2.24|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$0.26|
|Water bottle (1.5 liter)||$0.42|
|Local draught beer||$1.68|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$51.63|
|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.03|
It sits along the western banks of the Nile River. Agriculture is partly what anchors the local economy. Cotton ginning and the furniture industry also provide livelihood for the people of Shirbîn. The budding tourism sector has been providing them with much needed revenue boost. In cooperation with major airlines, cheap flights to Shirbîn are now made available all throughout the year.
Sitting along the Nile makes Shirbîn a perfect destination when you want to go on a river cruise. There are also hot air balloon stations found near the town. Shirbîn is also known for selling antique furniture and items. So, if you have a soft spot for something old and timeless, this is where you can find hundreds to thousands years old pieces.
Shirbîn has also been a favorite excavation site of archaeologists from around the world in search of lost ancient cities. In 2001, there was an entire ancient colony found in the town. There were relics of houses, utensils, pottery and knives. These were sent to the laboratories for further examination.
Everyone knows that Egyptians are terrific scientists and engineers. Little does the world know that they are also great cooks. Many of their recipes and ways of cooking food date back from the ancient times. Others are created by modern souse-chefs. Hotels in Shirbîn will take you near some of the most sought-after restaurants in the region. When in here, never miss out on the taro and lamb stew and okra with lamb. For dessert, try the Egyptian bread pudding. A famous dish, fattoush, is the country’s version of vegetable salad. This one’s got Lebanese bread, cucumbers, parsley, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce and mint leaves.
Tourism gives Egypt billions of dollars in revenues every year. While there are the famous pyramids that people would usually visit, the small towns like Shirbîn contribute to the entire chunk. Tourists are now interested to go beyond the mainstream attractions. They would avail of cheap flights to Shirbîn to experience and immerse with the local culture away from the hustles and bustles of the major cities.