GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza's colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor's hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like the Muhammad Ali Mosque (not to be confused with the boxer - F) and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

74,033,000

RELIGION

Sunni Muslim, Coptic Christian

CAPITAL

Cairo (11,146,000)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

68

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $4,000

AREA

1,002,000 square kilometers (386,874 square miles)

LANGUAGE

Arabic, English

LITERACY PERCENT

58

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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6TH OF OCTOBER CITY (2007)

"6th of October" is a city in the Giza Governorate, a satellite town and part of the urban area of Cairo, 32 km outside the city. It has a population ranging between 185,000 in the city to an estimated 500,000 inhabitants in the wider area.

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CAIRO (2007)

Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and the Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. In Gezira Island’s leafy Zamalek district, 187m Cairo Tower affords panoramic city views.

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GHIZA (2007)

Giza is the third-largest city in Egypt, located on the west bank of the Nile, near Cairo. Along with the Cairo Governorate, Shubra El-Kheima, Helwan, 6th October City and Obour, the five cities form the Greater Cairo metropolis.

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SAQQARA, ABUSIR AND DAHSHUR (2007)

Saqqara, also spelled Sakkara or Saccara in English, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis.

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SHARM EL SHEIKH (2000)

Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian resort town between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea. It is known for its sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Naama Bay, with a palm tree-lined promenade, is filled with bars and restaurants. Ras Muhammad National Park is a major diving destination, with marine life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck.

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WADI EL HITAN (2007)

Wadi El Hitan is a paleontological site in the Faiyum Governorate of Egypt, 150 km southwest of Cairo. The site contains several whale fossils buried in the desert.

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WADI EL RAYAN (2007)

Wadi El Rayan is a unique nature protectorate in the Faiyum Governorate, under the supervision of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency. It is close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadi El Hitan.

6TH OF OCTOBER CITY (2007)

Egypt-6th-of-October-City-(2007)-14824 COVER

"6th of October" is a city in the Giza Governorate, a satellite town and part of the urban area of Cairo, 32 km outside the city. It has a population ranging between 185,000 in the city to an estimated 500,000 inhabitants in the wider area.

CAIRO (2007)

Egypt-Cairo-(2007)-Coptic-Cairo-14907 COVER

Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and the Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century BC. In Gezira Island’s leafy Zamalek district, 187m Cairo Tower affords panoramic city views.

GHIZA (2007)

Egypt-Ghiza-(2007)-Ghiza-Pyramids-14842 COVER

Giza is the third-largest city in Egypt, located on the west bank of the Nile, near Cairo. Along with the Cairo Governorate, Shubra El-Kheima, Helwan, 6th October City and Obour, the five cities form the Greater Cairo metropolis.

SAQQARA, ABUSIR AND DAHSHUR (2007)

Egypt-Saqqara-,-Abusir-and-Dahshur-(2007)-Red-Pyramid-20869 COVER

Saqqara, also spelled Sakkara or Saccara in English, is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis.

SHARM EL SHEIKH (2000)

Egypt-Sharm-El-Sheikh-(2000)-Saint-Catherine-Monastery-12606 COVER

Sharm el-Sheikh is an Egyptian resort town between the desert of the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea. It is known for its sheltered sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. Naama Bay, with a palm tree-lined promenade, is filled with bars and restaurants. Ras Muhammad National Park is a major diving destination, with marine life around the Shark and Yolanda reefs and the Thistlegorm wreck.

WADI EL HITAN (2007)

Egypt-Wadi-El-Hitan-(2007)-Base-Camp-21188 COVER

Wadi El Hitan is a paleontological site in the Faiyum Governorate of Egypt, 150 km southwest of Cairo. The site contains several whale fossils buried in the desert.

WADI EL RAYAN (2007)

Egypt-Wadi-El-Rayan-(2007)-14944 COVER

Wadi El Rayan is a unique nature protectorate in the Faiyum Governorate, under the supervision of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency. It is close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadi El Hitan.

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