Egypt

A Land of Legend and Mystery

Overview

Egypt is a Middle Eastern Country in northeast Africa. Controlling the Suez Canal, Egypt is defined by the desert and the Nile River. The population of Egypt is 74,033,000, with it's capital city being Cairo. The largest city in Africa, Cairo has a population of 11,146,000. Egypt occupies an area of 386,874 square miles (1,002,000 square kilometers). The most prominent languages spoken in Egypt are Arabic, English, and French. As of June 8th, 2014, the President of Egypt is Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
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The Egyptian Flag and Maps of Egypt

All About Egypt

Religion in Egypt revolves around Sunni Muslims and Coptic Christians, with Coptic Orthodox Christianity being the dominant religion in Egypt previous to Islam. As for Egypt's economy, their currency is the Egyptian pound, and their per Capita income is around 4,000 U.S dollars. Egypt exports crude oil and petroleum oil products, along with cotton, textiles, metal products, and chemicals. As a country, Egypt is filled with famous ancient ruins and attractions that emphasize its rich history.

Places to Go

Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza are three, fourth-dynasty pyramids that sit on a rocky plateau on the west bank of the Nile in northern Egypt. In ancient times, these pyramids were among the Seven Wonders of the World. The designations of the pyramids correspond to the kings for whom they were built-Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure.
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Karnak Temple

Karnak is an Egyptian complex where the ancient ruins of some temples are located. The temples here are from the era of Pharaoh Ramses II, from around 1391-1351 B.C. The Karnak Temple Complex is located near Luxor, Egypt, which is south of Cairo. There are battle scenes between pharaohs and their enemies depicted in the complex, revealing much of the area's intriguing history.
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The Great Sphinx

Carved out of limestone, the Sphinx has the facial features of a man but the body of a recumbent lion. The Sphinx is approximately 240 feet (73 meters) long and 66 feet (20 meters) high. The colossal statue lies to the south of the Great Pyramid near Khafre's valley temple, as the Sphinx is known to be a portrait statue of King Khafre.
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Hit the Beach

Agiba Beach

One of the most beautiful virgin beaches in the world, Agiba beach boasts roughly 40 meters of clean sand and cool waters snuggled between cliffs. With amazing views of the Mediterranean, Agiba beach is a must-have on the to-do list, and there is even a small cafe atop one of the cliffs where you can enjoy some refreshments.

Hurghada Beaches

One of the best seaside destinations in Egypt, Hurghada beaches and its resorts take pride in crystal clear Red Sea waters, remarkable coral reefs, and ship wrecks to check out off the coast. The hundreds of meters of beach in Hurghada are owned by the hotels and resorts on them, so the better the hotel or resort, the better your beach experience will be.

The Best Times for Travel

The best time to travel to Egypt is from October through May. The temperatures are more bearable for people who are not used to the heat. Within these eight months there are 2 periods of time known as "High Season" (the Christmas/New Year period and the Easter period) when prices for travel often increase, so making earlier reservations is strongly advised. During the other four months (May through October), it is the Egyptian Summer and temperatures can be very high. However, this is the time to visit if you wish to avoid crowds and other tourists.

Take a Sneak Peek at What Your Trip to Egypt Has in Store!

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By Alexandra Ross