Your essential business calendar on 25 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.
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
26-28 February (Thursday-Saturday): The second edition of the Egypt International Art Fair will be held at Dusit Thani Lakeview Cairo.
26 February (Friday): The Afro Future Summit will take place virtually.
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.
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).
15 May (Saturday): All large taxpayers will need to join the Tax Authority’s new e-invoicing system (pdf) as part of implementing its third phase.
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.