Your essential business calendar on 18 February 2021
February: France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, is set to visit Egypt.
6-27 February (Saturday-Saturday): Mid-year school break (public schools — enjoy the break from bumper-to-bumper traffic).
7-28 February (Sunday-Sunday): The Finance Ministry will receive applications from companies wishing to take part in the second phase of its program for the immediate payout of export subsidy arrears to exporters, minus a 15% fee.
17 February (Wednesday): MENA x CEO MENA Entrepreneurship & VC Panel: Investor Perspectives from New York to North Africa will be hosted by the Columbia Entrepreneurs Organization.
20 February (Saturday): Final results of applications for private university places will be announced on the Higher Education Ministry’s electronic university admissions site
22-24 February (Monday-Wednesday): Second Arab Land Conference on land management, efficient land use, among other topics.
22 February- 5 March (Monday-Friday) Egypt will host the World Shooting Championship in 6 October’s Shooting Club, with 31 countries set to participate
26 February (Thursday): The Afro Future Summit will take place virtually.
26-28 February (Thursday-Saturday): The second edition of the Egypt International Art Fair will be held at Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo.
28 February (Sunday) Deadline for businesses, sole traders, and those generating income from sources other than their day job to file wage tax returns through the electronic filing system.
March: Potential visit to Cairo by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
1 March: Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum comes into effect.
1-5 March (Monday-Friday): Aswan Forum for Peace and Development will take place virtually.
4-6 March (Thursday-Saturday): Cairo Fashion & Tex trade show, Cairo International Convention Centre, Cairo, Egypt
8 March (Monday): The IDC Future of Work Egypt conference will be held virtually featuring experts from Egypt and Jordan.
9-11 March (Tuesday-Thursday): EduGate 2021 – Enter The Future conference, Kempinski Royal Maxim Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.
18 March (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.
23 March (Tuesday): The second edition of the Egypt Retail Summit takes place at the Nile Ritz Carlton hotel.
25-27 March (Thursday-Saturday): The Real Gate real estate exhibition, Egyptian International Exhibition Center, Cairo.
31 March (Wednesday): Deadline to visit the moroor and get an RFID sticker affixed to your car’s windshield — or run afoul of the Traffic Police.
1-3 April (Thursday-Saturday): HVAC-R Egypt Expo.
2 April (Friday): Legendary Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi will perform at Egypt’s El Qubba Palace
8-10 April (Thursday-Saturday): The TriFactory’s Endurance Festival at Somabay.
13 April (Monday): First day of Ramadan (TBC).
25 April (Sunday): Sinai Liberation Day.
29 April (Thursday): National holiday in observance of Sinai Liberation Day (TBC),
29 April (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.
1 May (Saturday): Labor Day (national holiday).
2 May (Sunday): Easter Sunday.
3 May (Monday): Sham El Nessim.
13-15 May (Thursday-Saturday): Eid El Fitr (TBC).
25-28 May (Tuesday-Friday): The World Economic Forum annual meeting, Singapore.
1 June (Tuesday): The IMF will conduct a second review of targets set under the USD 5.2 bn standby loan approved in June 2020 (proposed date).
7 June-9 June (Monday-Wednesday): Egypt Petroleum Show, Egypt International Exhibition Center, New Cairo, Egypt.
17 June (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.
24 June (Thursday): End of the 2020-2021 academic year (public schools).
26-29 June (Saturday-Tuesday): The Big 5 Construct Egypt, Cairo International Convention Center, Cairo, Egypt.
30 June (Wednesday): 30 June Revolution Day.
1 July: (Thursday): National holiday in observance of 30 June Revolution.
30 June- 15 July: National Book Fair.
1 July (Thursday): Large taxpayers that have not yet signed on on to the e-invoicing platform will suffer a host of penalties, including removal from large taxpayer classification, losing access to government services and business, and losing subsidies.
19 July (Monday): Arafat Day (national holiday).
20-23 July (Tuesday-Friday): Eid Al Adha (national holiday)
23 July (Friday): Revolution Day (national holiday).
5 August (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.
9 August (Monday): Islamic New Year.
12 August (Thursday): National holiday in observance of the Islamic New Year.
16 September (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.
30 September-2 October (Thursday-Saturday): Egypt Projects 2021 expo, Egypt International Exhibition Center, Cairo, Egypt.
1 October (Friday): Expo 2020 Dubai opens.
6 October (Wednesday): Armed Forces Day.
7 October (Thursday): National holiday in observance of Armed Forces Day.
18 October (Monday): Prophet’s Birthday.
21 October (Thursday): National holiday in observance of the Prophet’s Birthday.
28 October (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.
1-12 November (Monday-Friday): 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), Glasgow, United Kingdom.
13-17 December: United Nations Convention against Corruption, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
16 December (Thursday): The CBE’s Monetary Policy Committee will meet to review interest rates.
27 June – 3 July 2022 (Monday-Sunday): World University Squash Championships, New Giza.
Note to readers: Some national holidays may appear twice above. Since 2020, Egypt has observed most mid-week holidays on Thursdays regardless of the day on which they fall and may also move those days to Sundays. We distinguish below between the actual holiday and its observance.