Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Tea Drinkers Forfeit Sugar in Egypt Amid Currency Shortage

  • ‘Now we have to cut even the tea we drink?’ says El-Sayed
  • Sugar prices jumped 47% this year on poor harvest in Brazil
Updated on

Laila El-Sayed spent her afternoon searching grocery stores in Cairo’s bustling Dokki district on the banks of the Nile River for one thing: sugar.

She managed to find two bags in a state-owned shop for 10 Egyptian pounds ($1.13) per 1-kilogram bag, twice what she paid in August. In other parts of Cairo, shoppers stand in long lines as supermarkets limit customers to one or two bags of sugar.