Egypt

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Date(s) Visited: March 2008

Location: North Africa

Bordering Countries: Sudan, Libya, Israel

Capital City: Cairo

Other Main Cities: Alexandria, Giza, Luxor, Port Said, Memphis, Sharm-al Sheikh, Hurghada,

Language(s): Arabic, Egyptian Dialect, French

Population: 82 million+

Religion: Islam (90%), Christianity (10%)

Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)

National Airlines: EgyptAir

Known for: Pyramids of Giza, Temple of Luxor, The Great Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Temple of Karnak, Saqqara, Pharaohs, camels, tombs, Cleopatra, dark eyeliner (kahol)

Celebrations and Festivals: Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al Adha, Mawlid al-Nabi, Coptic Christmas, Coptic Easter, Shem al Nassim Festival, Sun Festival (Abu Simbel), Camel Festival (South Sinai), Leylet en-Nuktah (River Nile), Wafaa al-Nil (River Nile), Sphynx Festival (El Gouna)

Fun Facts…

  • The official name for Egypt is The Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Egypt has the largest Arabic population in the world
  • The River Nile is the worlds longest running river at 6,670km
  • Africa’s only subway system is found in Cairo
  • Egypt has the largest and oldest Christian community in the Middle East
  • The first strike in the world took place in Egypt
  • Egypt is the largest rice producer in North Africa and the Middle East
  • Egyptair is Africa’s largest airline
  • The camel is Egypt’s native animal