Water at stores costs about 3-5 LE. Bring sunscreen since it costs 80-200 LE wherever in town, and if you don’t have one, shopkeepers will sell you one at a very low price – welcome to Egypt.
Na’ama Bay has highly pushy salesmen, and the gullible visitor who takes a “free present” (nothing in Egypt is free) or falls for the “come and sign my guest book” at a store, only to be locked in, should proceed with care. When shopping, it is recommended not to interact with any merchants until you are certain that you are going to purchase anything. This permits you to stroll without having to worry about anything (as they do not know what language you speak).
The hours of operation vary, although most stores are open in the early to late afternoon and evening. If you want to avoid the trouble of bargaining, there is a Carrefour Express supermarket with set rates. Coming from the bay, it’s buried behind one of the malls, Golden Pyramid Mall, on Peace Road. The range is limited, but all of the essentials are readily accessible. All you have to do is make your way past the hordes of vendor touts to get there.