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Egypt Flag Egypt is a country principally located in Northeast Africa, but also containing the Sinai peninsula which joins Africa to Asia, and is considered part of Asia. The country borders the Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya and Sudan. It has coastlines on the Mediterreanean Sea and the Red Sea, and also contains the Suez Canal which connects these two bodies of water.

The population of Egypt, as of 2007, is estimated to be around 80 million. Most of the population, in excess of 77 million in fact, live with in a few miles of the country's main artery, the River Nile. This includes the capital of Egypt, Cairo, which is the largest city, and has a population in the region of 15.75 million.

The economy of Egypt is principally based around agriculture, media, petroleum exports, and tourism, and has been undergoing rapid growth since the early 1990s when the government introduced market-orientated reforms. Additionally, remittances from Egyptians working abroad (especially from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf states, as well as from Europe), also make an important contribution to the Egyptian economy. The government also greatly benefits from tolls collected from ships passing through the Suez Canal.

Map of Egypt

Egypt is very popular as a tourist destination. This is of course, in part, because of the country's many historic monuments such as the pyramids, and the sphinx, and in part because of the beach resorts found particularly on the Red Sea coast.

Egypt Country Details


Country Name Egypt
Political Status Country
Geographic Location North Africa (Suez peninsula is in western Asia) (Middle East)
Flag Egypt Flag
Principal Language Arabic
Capital Cairo
Major Towns/Cities
  • Ad Dakhilah
  • Akhmim
  • Al Fayyum
  • Al Kharijah
  • Al Mahallah al Kubra
  • Al Mansurah
  • Al Minya
  • Al `Arish
  • Alexandria
  • An Nubariyah
  • Aswan
  • Asyut
  • Banha
  • Bani Suwayf
  • Bur Safaga
  • Cairo (Capital)
  • Damanhur
  • Damietta
  • Dandarah
  • Disuq
  • El Alamein
  • Giza
  • Hala'ib
  • Hurghada
  • Imbabah
  • Ismailia
  • Kafr ad Dawwar
  • Kom Ombo
  • Luxor
  • Marsa Matruh
  • Nag Hammadi
  • Port Said
  • Rosetta
  • Sharm ash Shaykh
  • Shibin Al-Qanater
  • Shibin al Kawm
  • Shubra al Khaymah
  • Siwah
  • Suez
  • Taba
  • Tanta
  • Zagazig


  • Web Sites about Egypt


    Hieroglyphs from the tomb of Seti I
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    Sphinx and Pyramid, Egypt

    Books about Egypt


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    Lonely Planet Egypt (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet & Jessica Lee

    Lonely Planet Publications
    Paperback (512 pages)

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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Egypt is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Visit the ancient wonders of the Pyramids of Giza, cruise the Nile to a waterside temple, or see the glittering finds in the Egyptian Museum; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Egypt and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet Egypt Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, literature, cuisine, etiquette, sports, politics, landscapes, wildlife, architecture
    • Over 102 maps
    • Covers Cairo, the Nile Valley, Minya, Luxor, Esna, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Alexandria, Suez Canal, Red Sea Coast, Sinai and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Egypt, our most comprehensive guide to Egypt, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Discover Egypt, a photo-rich guide to the city's most popular attractions or Lonely Planet's Africa or Middle East travel guides, for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Anthony Sattin and Jessica Lee

    About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt
    By DK Travel

    Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
    Released: 2016-02-02
    Paperback (360 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt is your in-depth guide to the very best of the oldest tourist destination on Earth.

    Take day trips and excursions to see ancient pyramids, visit the monuments of the Nile Valley and the souks, mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo, experience local festivals and markets, and don't miss out on the delicious street food.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt.

       • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
       • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
       • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
       • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
       • Area maps marked with sights.
       • Detailed city map of Cairo includes street finder indexes for easy navigation.
       • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
       • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt truly shows you this country as no one else can.

    Recommended: For a pocket guidebook to Cairo, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Cairo & the Nile, which is packed with dozens of top 10 lists, ensuring you make the most of your time in the city.

    Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: the most maps, photographs, and illustrations of any guide.

    Lonely Planet Egypt (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet
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    Egypt (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    By DK Publishing

    Brand: DK Travel
    Released: 2010-02-15
    Paperback (368 pages)

    Egypt (Eyewitness Travel Guides)
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt is your indispensable guide to this remarkable part of the world. This fully updated guide includes street maps of cities and towns, plus unique illustrated cutaways, floor plans and reconstructions of the must-see sights.

    Vibrant full-color photography will help you visualize your destinations as you discover Egypt one region at a time. Detailed listings will inform you of the best hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops for all budgets. Explore local festivals and markets, day trips and excursions to see ancient pyramids, and find your way effortlessly around the region. DK's insider tips and cultural insight will help you explore every corner of Egypt, as if you were a local.

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Egypt — showing you what others only tell you.

    Egypt
    By Zora O'Neill & Anthony Sattin

    Lonely Planet
    Paperback (552 pages)

    Egypt
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet Egypt is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Muse upon the mysteries of the Giza Pyramids, cruise along the fabled Nile River at sunset, or learn the art of bargaining at a centuries-old Cairo souq; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Egypt and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet Egypt Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, cuisine, and more
    • Over 75 colour local maps
    • Useful features - including Diving the Red Sea, Travel with Children, and Month-by-Month
    • Coverage of Alexandria, Mediterranean Coast, Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Cairo, the Delta, Suez Canal, Sinai, Nile Valley, Luxor, Beni Suef, Qena, Red Sea Coast, Esna, Abu Simbel, and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Egypt, our most comprehensive guide to Egypt, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

    • Looking for just the highlights of Egypt? Check out Lonely Planet's Discover Egypt, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Zora O'Neill, Michael Benanav, Jessica Lee, and Anthony Sattin.

    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

    TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

    'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

    'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

    Egypt - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
    By Jailan Zayan

    Brand: Kuperard
    Released: 2013-05-28
    Paperback (168 pages)

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    This revised and updated edition of Culture Smart! Egypt reveals a country in the throes of change. The largely secular revolution that started in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January 2011 became the flagship of the Arab Spring revolts. The uprising resulted in a political effervescence, with new parties, movements, and groups all jostling for space in the new political landscape. But the situation remains fluid. Free elections produced a parliament dominated by Islamists and the country’s political and social identity has yet to be defined. Egypt’s heady spirit of change is both rooted in and challenged by traditional and deeply conservative values. The timeless Egypt that has inspired conquerors, academics, and artists for millennia is home to 82 million people who call it Omm Eddunia, Mother of the World. It is the people who are Egypt’s true wealth. They are friendly, cheerful, proud, and renowned for their sense of humor. In bringing the narrative up to date, this new edition of Culture Smart! Egypt explores the codes and paradoxes of Egyptian life. It outlines the country’s history and shows the forces that have shaped its sensibility. It explains values and attitudes, and guides you through local customs and traditions. It opens a window into the private lives of Egyptians, how they behave at home, and how they interact with foreign visitors. It offers practical advice, from how to make friends to avoiding faux pas. It sets out to make your encounter as rich as possible by taking you beyond the clichés to the real people.
    The Rough Guide to Egypt
    By Dan Richardson

    Rough Guides
    Released: 2013-02-04
    Paperback (656 pages)

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    Packed with practical tips on where to find the best hotels, restaurants and bars, this book provides a comprehensive guide for the traveller to Egypt. It also provides an informed discussion of Egyptian culture, past and present.
    The Christian Traveler's Guide to the Holy Land
    By Charles H. Dyer

    Moody Publishing
    Released: 2014-04-15
    Paperback (272 pages)

    The Christian Traveler s Guide to the Holy Land
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    So you're going to Israel? Don't go without this guide.

    A trip to the Holy Land is, for most, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In this one-stop guide, two professionals—Charles Dyer, a Bible scholar and veteran Holy Land tour guide, and Greg Hatteberg, graduate of the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem—help you make the most of your trip.

    With detailed maps and a full-color 16-page photo insert, this book walks you through five key biblical regions: Israel, Egypt, Greece, Jordan, and Turkey, giving you a preview of what’s to come and helping you make the most of every moment along the way.

    Packing lists, jet lag tips, passport requirements, and a wealth of other practical information will assure you that have everything you need, while a four-week prayer guide and Bible study prepare you for the spiritual journey you are about to take.

    The Christian Traveler’s Guide to the Holy Land traces the biblical events of over ninety of the most visited sites and will ensure that your trip is an exciting, spiritually satisfying, and unforgettable experience.

    This revised edition features newly excavated sites, up-to-date photos and maps, and relevant advice for preparing for and preserving your trip.


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