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Capital: Cairo
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 Hours
Population: 81,713,520
Languages: Arabic, English, French
Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz
Currency: Egyptian Pound
Climate: Egypt has primarily a desert climate with hot and dry summers, from June to August, and moderate winters, from December to February


Covering an area of around 1,010,000 square kilometres (390,000 square miles), Egypt is the 30th largest country in the world based on land mass. Is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the north east, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East with over 81m people, it is the 15th largest country in the world based on population. Aside from the Nile Valley, the majority of Egypt's landscape is desert, which includes part of the Sahara Desert and the Libyan Desert. Due to the climate, the majority of the people live along the narrow Nile Valley and Delta where the only arable land is found. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities around the Nile. The tourism industry in general (including the Red Sea Riviera area) provides employment for around 12% of Egypt's workforce.

Egyptian culture has six thousand years of recorded history with Ancient Egypt being among the earliest civilizations. Egypt was first unified around 3200 BC and has been touched by the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs. Today its economy is predominantly based on agriculture, media, tourism and exports of natural gas and petroleum. Egypt is a conservative society, and has a strong Muslim community, they are also proud of their reputation for hospitality. For almost 13 centuries Arabic has been the written and spoken language of Egypt, although some Egyptians may speak a limited amount of Russian, German and English in the resorts.

Towns and cities include Alexandria, the second largest city; Aswan; Asyut; Cairo, the capital of Egypt and the largest city; El-Mahalla El-Kubra; Giza, the site of the Pyramid of Khufu; Hurghada; Luxor; Kom Ombo; Port Safaga; Port Said; Sharm el Sheikh; Zagazig; and Al-Minya. Oases include Bahariya, el Dakhla, Farafra, el Kharga and Siwa. Protectorates include the popular tourist attraction of Ras Mohamed National Park, as well as Zaranik Protectorate and Siwa.

Egypt is of course, one of the world's premier tourist destinations serving those seeking sunny  a beach holiday at one of the Red Sea Riviera resorts, through to those wanting a cruise on the Nile or those interested in historical sightseeing. There are more than 80 pyramids in Egypt and most were built between 2600BC and 1500 BC, all are situated close to the Nile River. The most popular is the Pyramids of Giza. In fact, Giza boasts the largest pyramid rising to 481 feet. Other popular tourist sights include Abu Simbel which was carved out of sandstone and stand high above the Nile with the statues of Ramses II. The Karnak Temples has three main temples ( as well as some smaller ones), with the best known called the Temple of Arun. The modern town of Luxor (site of the city of Thebes) includes a row of sphinxes which line the entrance to Karnak Temple.

Located on the West Bank of the River Nile in Themes, the Valley of the Kings has some 62 tombs, most of which are in the east valley. Another popular destination is Alexandria where you can see the Roman Amphitheatre, King Farouk Palace, Pompeys Pillar and visit the Alexandra National Museum. Great places to visit around the beautiful Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh (situated on the Southern tip of the Sinai peninsula) include; St Catherine's Monastery, Tiran Island, Naama Bay, Sinai Mountain range, White Lagoon and Terrazina Beach. Red Sea resorts include; Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab, Hurghda, Makadi Bay, Marsa Alam, Sahl Hasheesh, Some Bay, Taba and Taba Heights.

Egypt has some 27 airport, loosely described as regional, national and international, these include: Alexandria: Borg El Arab Airport (HBE), Cairo: Cairo International Airport (CAI), Hurghda: Hurghada Airport (HRG), Luxor: Luxor Airport (LXR), Marsa Alam: Marsa Alam Airport (RMF) and Sharm el Sheikh: Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH).


General information:

Temperatures in Egypt average between 27C and 32C in the summer, and can rise to 43C on the Red Sea coast. Typical winter temperatures average between 13 C and 21C. A steady wind from the northwest helps lower temperatures near the Mediterranean coast. The months of June, July and August are generally the hottest and December to January is classed as winter. Even during the winter The Sinai Peninsula boasts an average daytime temperature of 18C, whilst the north east coast is a little lower averaging 14C in winter.

Road accidents are very common in Egypt, principally due to poor road conditions (including main roads), dangerous driving and non-enforcement of traffic laws. Police estimate that road accidents kill over 6,000 people in Egypt each year. This is double the UK figure. Visitors to Egypt are advised to avoid driving outside main cities and resorts at night and the need to observe the local speed limits. Medical insurance is essential given that local accident emergency medical facilities are limited. Visitors can drive in Egypt provided they have an International driving permit. Seatbelts must be worn when travelling in the front of a vehicle. Quad bikes can be dangerous and there have been several serious quad bike accidents involving British nationals in resort areas. The condition of many quad bikes varies considerably and a reputable tour company should be used. You should always wear a crash helmet and, once again, ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you fully before you hire a quad bike

If you are considering diving or snorkelling in any of the Red Sea resorts you should be aware that the safety standards of diving operators can vary considerably and it is recommended, where possible, that the bookings are made through your tour representative. You should also ensure that your insurance cover allows for this activity. You should also ensure that your travel insurance, or that of the tour or dive company, provides adequate cover for the costs involved in any air/sea rescue if you are lost at sea. Egyptian authorities will only undertake air/sea rescue operations on receipt of a payment guarantee.

Egyptian society is conservative and women should dress modestly especially in rural areas, mosques and souqs (markets). Women should cover their legs and upper arms and men should cover their chests. Local laws reflect the fact that Egypt is predominantly an Islamic country. Drinking in the street and anywhere other than a licensed restaurant or bar is not allowed and can lead to arrest. For men, speaking to an unknown Egyptian woman is a breach of etiquette.

In Egypt it is generally accepted that you should tip after you have received  a service, this can even be opening a door!. In a restaurant this would normally be 10% of the bill. In your hotel, rather than tip each member of staff with whom you had contact (porter, maid service etc), it is customary to leave an envelope at reception which can then be divided amongst them later. It is not normally necessary to tip a taxi driver, particularly if you have already agreed a price for the journey.. ATM's are available in the main resort areas and cities with instructions in English.

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