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Egypt - Travel Guide



Covering an area of about 1,020,000 km², Egypt shares land borders with Libya to the west, Sudan to the south, and Israel and the Gaza Strip to the northeast and has coasts on the north and east by the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, respectively.

Egypt is the second most populous country in Africa, and the vast majority of its 77 million population (2005) lives less than a kilometer away from the banks of the River Nile (about 40,000 km²), where the only arable agricultural land is found. Large areas of land are part of the Sahara Desert and are sparsely inhabited. The majority of Egyptians today are urban, living in the great Arab population centers of greater Cairo, the largest city in Africa, and Alexandria.

Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most stunning ancient monuments, including the Giza Pyramids, the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings; the southern city of Luxor contains a particularly large number of ancient artifacts. Today, Egypt is widely regarded as the main political and cultural centre of the Arab and Middle Eastern regions.

Geography

Towns and cities include Alexandria, Aswan, Asyut, Cairo, El-Mahalla El-Kubra, Giza, Hurghada, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Port Safaga, Port Said, Sharm el Sheikh, Shubra-El-Khema, Suez, Zagazig,Al-Minya.

Deserts: Egypt includes parts of the Sahara Desert and of the Libyan Desert

Oases include: Bahariya Oasis, Dakhleh Oasis, Farafra Oasis, Kharga Oasis, Siwa Oasis.

Egypt borders on Libya on the west, on Sudan on the south and on Israel on the northeast. It controls the Suez Canal between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

Egypt's important role in geopolitics stems from its strategic position: as a land bridge between Africa and Asia, and as a passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean through the Suez Canal.


Travel Tips

Be careful in jewelry stores

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Egypt is full of shiny jewelry stores with appealing prices. Although I wouldn't recommend to shop in smaller once which you know totally nothing about. We went to one of them with my friend and found a good choice of beautiful golden rings with semi-precious stones. My friend was trying on different rings from the carton which the shop assistant was holding in a hand. Finally she didn't find anything which would look good on her hand: they were either too small or too big, or just didn't fit to the her style. She returned every ring back to it's place on the carton and was about to leave but the employee started to scream like crazy, saying that she didn't return the ring. He was... [more ]

Pyramids of Giza

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Perhaps it is that these pyramids are one of the seven manmade wonders of the... [more ]

Be aware of Duty Free tricks

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On the way back from Egypt we decided to use the value of Duty Free shop and... [more ]

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