Apartments usually have one large room in the front - the living room, where the family entertains guests.Guests who are not relatives are generally not permitted back into the rest of the house.However, most primary and secondary schools usually meet for about six hours a day Saturday through Thursday, with only Friday off. There are twelve years of formal education in Egypt, and public schools are free, though under funded.Many families who can afford to send their children to private school.
It is, however, considered inappropriate for a woman and man who are not married or related to be alone together.
Like many modern Islamic societies, Egypt is trying to bridge the difference between what traditional interpretations of Islamic law say, and what many people feel should be the law, which is often based on western models.
A woman's right to ask for a divorce under any circumstance was put into law in Egypt in 1999.
Because the majority of people in Egypt are Muslim, Egyptian government offices and business observe Friday as the day of rest.
Many government offices are open Sunday through Thursday, and most universities and some private schools also hold classes Sunday through Thursday, and are closed Friday and Saturday.