Egypt

Egypt SphynxSince thousands of years Egypt was one of the most fascinating and mysterious lands.

The good news is that it didn’t change much. The great thing about Egypt is its fabulous mix of cultures and traditions. Nowadays Egypt invites you to visit Ancient Egyptian civilization, Persians, Greeks, meet Romans, Coptic Christians and of course Islamic civilization. French then British occupation introduced Egypt to Europe and vice versa, since that time love affair continues.

This blend of cultures and civilizations allover the history can be felt and tasted in everything in Egyptians daily life, actions, customs and behaviors.

Beside that great mix in culture and civilization you also experience a wide range of differences in Nature between the beautiful green areas with corps and fruits in the north regions by the Delta to the roughest desert in the whole world by the south west of Egypt near the borders of Sudan and Libya - there are also mountains in the east of Egypt and Sinai - and a big range of coastal areas on more than 2 millions of kilometers carrying out different kinds of lifestyles and local cultures.

Few Facts about the country

Egypt occupies the upper northeastern corner of Africa and, with the exception of the River Nile Valley and its Delta, is mainly a flat, vegetation-free desert. The Nile flows north and empties into the Mediterranean Sea which forms the country’s northern boundary. Egypt is bordered on the south by Sudan, to the west by Libya and to its east by the Red Sea, and beyond the Sinai Peninsula, by Israel. The country encompasses about 626,000 square miles (1,002,000 square kilometers) and at its most distant reaches is 640 miles from north to south and 775 miles from east to west.

The country’s official name is the Arab Republic of Egypt (ARE). The president is also Commander in Chief of the army and head of the National Defense Council. The president appoints the prime minister and the rest of the cabinet. Egypt’s National Assembly has representatives from all districts throughout the country with women and Copts represented by quota.

The economy, formerly almost totally agrarian, now receives a lion’s share of its hard currency income from tourism which is likely to continue and is therefore carefully safeguarded. Petroleum firms contribute income as well, and Egypt receives aid from more developed countries as well as revenue from the Suez Canal.