Egypt is a country in northeastern Africa that borders Asia through the Sinai Peninsula. It shares borders with Libya to the west, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. The Nile River, which is regarded as the longest river in the world and the country's lifeblood, is the reason Egypt is most well-known. The majority of Egypt's terrain is desert, specifically the eastern Sahara, with the exception of the Nile Valley and the Delta. The Sahara, which stretches from the Atlantic to the Red Sea, is located in the eastern part of Egypt's the Western Desert.
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Time: Egypt is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) and is situated in the GMT region, which also encompasses Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Sudan.
Telephone Code: Egypt's country code is (+20).
Languages: Arabic is the official language of Egypt, and the majority of its citizens speak one of its many regional dialects.
Currency: The Egyptian Pound is Egypt's official currency (EGP). The EGP is represented by the symbol E£. The Egyptian Pound is broken into smaller monetary units called millimes or qirsh.
Visa: Complete the online visa application form and pay the money with a credit card or debit card to apply for a single or multiple entry Egypt eVisa. The application deadline is seven days before the intended trip. Upon processing, applicants are emailed their approved Egypt eVisas.
Weather: Egypt only experiences two seasons: a scorching summer from May to October, and a mild winter from November to April. Only variations in daytime temperatures and shifts in the dominant winds characterize the seasons.
Best time to visit: The greatest time to visit Egypt is from October to April when the weather is colder but the sun is still out. The daytime highs in spring and autumn range from 25 to 30 degrees Celsius, but the evening lows are substantially lower. There is a lot of sunshine and not much rain in Egypt.
Places to Visit in Egypt (Popular Destinations)
Pyramids of Giza: The Pyramids of Giza are one of the most well-known sights in the world and the final remaining example of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
These tombs of the Pharaohs Cheops (Khufu), Chephren (Khafre), and Mycerinus (Menkaure), guarded by the enigmatic Sphinx, have fascinated visitors throughout history and are typically at the top of most visitors' lists of tourist attractions to see in Egypt and frequently the first sight they head to after landing.
Luxor's Temples & Tombs: The present city, with its bustling souq, the two temples of Karnak and Luxor, as well as the museum, are all located on the east bank of Luxor. The vast majority of tourists sit and spend their time in the beautiful fields and craggy cliffs of the west bank.
You'll understand why Luxor continues to captivate historians and archaeologists after spending a few days here examining the vibrant tomb wall paintings and marveling at the enormous columns in the temples.
Cruising the Nile: One of Egypt's most serene sights is sunrise and sunset over the date-palm-lined river banks, which are backed by sand dunes. The Nile is also the most soothing way to see the temples that dot the banks of the river on the path between Luxor and Aswan.
Although a large number of cruise ship itineraries leave from either Luxor or Aswan, feluccas can only be rented for multi-day voyages from Aswan. The best experience you will ever have!
Abu Simbel: The temple of Abu Simbel is unique. This is Ramses II's huge temple, which is guarded by enormous statues outside and lavishly decorated within with wall murals.
There are two daily flights from Aswan that take about 30 minutes, and they are scheduled such that visitors will have about two hours to explore the temples.
Additionally, you can travel to Abu Simbel by taking a Lake Nasser cruise. These ships dock right in front of the temples so that visitors can view them at night and in the early hours of the morning.
Alexandria: The Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is the reason Alexandria is most well-known today.
Egypt's Alexandria is worth a visit, right?
Alexandria in Egypt is worthwhile a visit if you find yourself in Cairo and have one more day to spare. The richness of its history and culture simply reverberates throughout this lovely metropolis on the Mediterranean, and Egypt's second-largest city preserves an evocative contrast between the ancient and the contemporary.
Must-do Things in Egypt
Diving the Red Sea: Every diver should without a doubt include diving in the Red Sea on their bucket list. Additionally, the Red Sea is an ideal location to learn to scuba dive if you don't already have your PADI (or other qualification). No matter where you dive in the Red Sea, you will encounter incredible marine life, including eagle rays, manta rays, stingrays, and a variety of colorful reef species. There are many sharks, ranging from common reef sharks to endangered hammerhead sharks. Dolphins are simple to find, and if you're lucky, dugongs as well. In case that wasn't enough, it is renowned throughout the world for wreck diving.
Smoking Shisha (aka hookah or water pipe: (I don't smoke, and I don't support using tobacco, but when visiting Egypt, you should give shisha a shot. Shisha, in contrast to cigarette tobacco, is a mixture of fresh tobacco leaves and molasses that has been flavored with artificial fruit flavors, primarily apple. There are also more tastes like strawberry and orange. For hygienic reasons, a plastic nozzle is provided. Shisha is usually thought to contain the least nicotine and tar because as you breathe in, the water filling the pipe flushes out the bad stuff. Shisha smoking is still a well-liked social activity now just like it was hundreds of years ago. Muslim men and women, who do not frequent nightclubs, enjoy while away the hours at cafes by smoking shisha.
Celebrating Sun Festival at Abu Simbel Temples: At the height of Egypt's glory, Ramses II and his loving wife Nefertari were honored with the construction of the massive Abu Simbel Temples, which are located 230 kilometers southwest of Aswan. During the twice-yearly Sun Festival, which celebrates Ramses II's birth and accession to the throne, the temple's interior chamber was built to be illuminated by the sun for 20 minutes (about February 22). (Roughly Oct. 22). On festival days prior to UNESCO's evacuation of the temples due to flooding, piercing light would illuminate the statues of Ramses, the Gods Ram, and Amun, while Ptah, the deity of the gloom, was put in the shade. The four statues are now all bathing in the light because the site was raised 65 meters. But if you don't like crowds, going to the temple during the Sun Festival would be a better idea.
Attend the free Whirling Dervish (Tanoura show): The Whirling Dervish, which has Egyptian origins, is typically performed as a form of worship by Sufi Muslims. Male performers, dressed in vibrant costumes and skirts, maintain whirling while listening to their teacher and the captivating music. The bizarre, unending spin, which has been going on for more than 30 minutes without shifting, is very reminiscent of planets and electrons. The Sufis think that they will encounter Allah through constant spinning! The dancers' attempts to inject some comedy into their performances made me smile numerous times, and I resisted the urge to use the restroom since I didn't want to miss any of the incredible ceremonies.
Relax in Sharm El-Sheikh: Sharm El Sheikh may be the ideal beach vacation location thanks to its superb beaches, stunning coral reefs, and some of the world's top dive sites. The city also exudes mystery and romance thanks to its ideal location at the southernmost point of the Sinai Peninsula and its proximity to the desert. At El Masrien Grill (Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh), sample Egyptian barbecue specialties including kofta, kebab, and stuffed duck, or visit Beirut Bay Restaurant in Na'ama Bay for delectable Middle Eastern fare. Because of its stunning and diverse marine life, Sharm has emerged as one of the top destinations in the world for snorkelers and divers. Sand beaches in Sharm are also very well-liked by tourists. Naama Bay is by far the most popular of them, and its long, sandy beach is a favorite among swimmers and sunbathers. You're Going to Love Sharm el-Sheikh!