Foreign Etiquette Taboos
Egypt: Try to avoid yawning or sneezing in front of an Egyptian; but if you really can't help it, turn your head and cover your mouth, together with saying "excuse me". Egyptians hate yawning because they believe it's the devil at work. That's why after yawning, an Egyptian, as if having committed a crime, hurriedly says, "Forgive me, Allah." But sneezing is not always a bad thing. If one sneezes in front of many people, he will say, "Praise be to Allah!", while all those present will say, "Allah have mercy upon you!", and he will go on saying, "Allah forgive us!"