Egypt, the official name is the Arab Republic of Egypt. It is located in the north-east part of Africa and it connects with south-west Asia via the Sinai Peninsula.
In Arabic Egypt is called “Misr”, Egypt covers an area of approximately 1,001,450 km2 (386,662 miles²) from the north side Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea from the east side, Libya from the west side, and North Sudan from the south. It has a population of approximately 98 million people which makes it one of the three most populous countries in Africa and the most populous in the Middle East. However, only a small percentage of the land area is used by the population, the rest is an uninhabitable desert.
|Languages spoken||Arabic is Mother tongue, English is widely spoken|
|Currency used||Egyptian Pound|
|Area (km2)||Approximately 1,001,450 km2 (386,662 miles²)|
Visas are easily attainable upon arrival for around 25$ for most nationalities (USA, UK, EU Nationals, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, and Ukraine), head to the visa on arrival window, they will give you a visa on arrival sticker. Place the sticker on a blank page in your passport and get in the immigration queue. That’s it, get your stamp, collect your luggage, and head off exploring Egypt. It is best to have the exact amount in USD only and don’t plan on using your credit card, for other nationalities please check the Visa Application on the Egyptian Ministry of Exteriors website.
The Currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound or in Arabic it’s called “Genih”. The one Egyptian Pound is divided into 100 Piasters. The Egyptian pound is frequently abbreviated as LE, which stands for livre égyptienne (French) and also is abbreviated as EGP which stands for Egyptian Pound.
1 USD is equivalent to 17.92 EGP at the time of writing this article. A 1.5L bottle of water is for 5.00 EGP, a Typical Macdonald’s Meal is for around 90.00 EGP and for the taxi fare it starts off with 5.00 EGP and 2.50 EGP for each extra KM. that’s just to get an overview of what you can do with an Egyptian Pound. As for the tipping it would adequate to tip around 10% of the receipt.
The banknotes in Egypt:
- 1 Pound
- 5 Pounds
- 10 Pounds
- 20 Pounds
- 50 Pounds
- 100 Pounds
- 200 Pounds
- 25 Piasters
- 50 Piasters
Coins in Egypt:
- 25 Piasters
- 50 Piasters
- 1 Pound
Many tourists get confused and pay the 50 Piasters as 50 pounds as there are two banknotes holding the figure 50. now you know the difference between the 50 piasters and the 50 pounds.
Egypt has 27 airports, some of the main airports in Egypt are Cairo International airport, Borg El Arab airport in Alexandria, Aswan Airport, Abu Simbel Airport, Luxor Airport, Hurgada Airport, and Sharm El Sheikh Airport, all of which makes travelling to and around Egypt easier and faster, a domestic flight from and to any two cities in Egypt won’t take more than 2 hours 30 minutes, other means of transportation within the country are also available such as train railways the goes all the way from Aswan to Alexandria and Bus station that goes to various destinations around Egypt.
Although tipping is by no means compulsory, nor are there any fixed amounts. Tips are entirely at your discretion and should be based on your satisfaction with the service given.
here below our suggestion for gratuities to the clients:
• Egyptologist/Local Guides 10 USD per day
• Nile Cruise 5 USD per day
• Tour Coordinator 7 USD per day
• Drivers 5 USD per day
Egypt covers an area of approximately 1,001,450km2 (386,662 miles²) from the north side Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea from the east side, Libya from the west side, and North Sudan from the south. It has a population of approximately 98 million people which makes it one of the three most populous countries in Africa and the most populous in the Middle East. However, only a small percentage of the land area is used by the population, the rest is uninhabitable desert.
The Nile River runs along its course from Aswan south Egypt towards the North where it splits into two Branches that feed the Mediterranean, Rosetta branch to the west and Damietta to the east forming the Nile Delta. Not only the Nile river has been the source of fresh water for agriculture and other activities, but also after building the high dam in 1970 and specifically 6 years later, after the dam reached its full capacity it started generating power and gave most Egyptian villages the use of electricity for the first time.
The weather in Egypt tends to be sunny all year long with minimum rain, the hottest months in Egypt are June to August and is coolest in January. Travelling during the period from March to May or September to November would be best specially if you are not a big fan of extreme weather.
Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Firstly, let's agree that there in 100% safe place in the world. In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) does not advise against travel to most tourist destinations, but has advised against travelling to some parts of Egypt. Some areas of Egypt are deemed as no-go areas for tourists while others are classified as being safe. There is no FCO advice against travel to Cairo, Alexandria, the tourist areas along the Nile river (including Luxor, Qina, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings) and the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada.
Are there shopping centers in Egypt?
Large Cities in Egypt have big shopping center with all international clothing brands, and food courts with all sorts of international and national restaurants and coffee shops, also they all have cinema theaters showing all Hollywood recent Movies. Moreover, Egypt has its own local markets selling its own traditional goods such as Khan El Khalili Market in Cairo where you can buy souvenirs for yourself and for you loved ones.
Does Egypt have a good internet and communication system?
Internet and Communication is growing in Egypt with four different communication and internet providers you can have access to internet wifi in many places in large cities in Egypt like Cairo for instance, also the network signal is good almost everywhere, you can buy yourself a Sim Card using your passport and have a subscription that suits your needs and duration of stay.
What are the religious occasion in Egypt?
Egypt has both Muslims and Christians (mostly Orthodox), thus, many different religious occasions are celebrated all around the year some of the main religious occasions are Ramadan, Eid El Fitr, and Eid El Adha for Muslims, and Christmas 7th of JAN, Easter, El Ghotas for Christians.