Cairo is not an ultra-conservative city, though there acceptable ways to
dress that the stupid is likely to notice when he or she arrives. For
men, pants are more acceptable than shorts, although shorts are not
culturally forbidden in any way. Woman should avoid bearing their
shoulders or wearing skirt or dresses that expose their knees. This goes
for the summer as well. Of course there are areas where one will notice
the dress is a bit more liberal, other neighborhoods that are more
conservative. Students are encouraged simply to observe the customs.
When visiting mosques, or religious areas in general, the woman’s arms
should be completely covered.