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Maps & discover Egypt

General Information

Formal name: Arab Republic of Egypt
Short name: Egypt
Local formal name: Jumhuriyat Misr al-Arabiyah
Local short name: Misr 


Location

North-eastern corner of Africa and south-western Asia, It is bounded on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by Palestine and Israel, on the south by Sudan, and on the west by Libya. Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula.

View Egypt Map

Flag

Three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and black; The red color refers to the period before 1952 Revolution which brought a group of army officers to power after deposing King Farouk, the King of Egypt. This was a period characterized by the struggle against the British occupation of the country. The white color refers to the advent of the 1952 Revolution which ended the monarchy without bloodshed. The color black refers to the end of the oppression of the people of Egypt at the hands of the Monarchy and British colonialism. Centered in the white band the golden eagle of Saladdin, the Ayubbid Sultan who ruled Egypt in 12th Century, the same Saladin of the Crusades.

Capital

Cairo, the city of the 1000 minarets WAS founded on July 16, 969 AD . Cairo is Africa's most populous city and the Arab world's cultural center. Cairo provides its visitors with great cultural destinations which include a vast amount of art galleries, music halls, cultural centers etc… Cairo also offers its visitors with great accommodation, restaurants, and various leisure activities and shopping.
 

Population

According to the 2007 census figures, the population, including those living abroad, is estimated to have reached 76.5 million at a growth rate of 1.721% (2007 EST.).

Languages

The official language of Egypt is Standard Arabic and is used in most written media. English and French are also widely spoken by most educated Egyptians and by shopkeepers and others.

Egypt time zone

Egypt Standard Time is 2 hours ahead Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).Egypt operates Daylight-Saving Time between the last Friday in April and the last Thursday in September when the clocks are 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
 

Egypt Climate and Weather

Throughout Egypt, days are commonly warm or hot, and nights are cool. Egypt has only two seasons: a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. The only differences between the seasons are variations in daytime temperatures and changes in prevailing winds.

Transport

Railways: Railways lines in Egypt are put at 28 extending some 9435 km with 796 stations and 1800 trains moving back and forth over 135 thousand km.
Underground Metro: Egypt is the first country in Africa and the Middle East to have an
Underground Metro. Investments in the project, which now links the three governorates of Greater Cairo (Cairo, Giza & Qalyubiyah). Service time starts from 06:00 am till 01:00am.

View underground Metro Map


Highways and Bridges: Egypt has a network of highways covering the country and extending around 48.1 thousand km.

View Cairo ring road map


Air Transport: Egypt has 30 airports. With the number of air flights could access 72 capitals internationally and 12 cities locally. Egypt air the national Carrier one of the best in the middle East and the Arab countries operates more than 555 weekly flights depart from Cairo and many other Egyptian cities to 69 international & domestic destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

Money & Banking

The unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres.
Traveler’s cheques and most credit cards such as MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Visa are widely used and accepted in major hotels and restaurants. Banks are usually closed on Friday and Saturday, but private exchange bureau, are open daily and banks in major hotels are open 24 hours.
ATMs are quite common in the main tourist areas and most of the Egyptian cities. Banking hours are Sunday to Thursday, 8.30 am to 2 pm.

View Egyptian Banknotes

Electricity

Electrical current is 220V, 50 Hz. European style two-pin plugs are standard.


Communication

The international access code for Egypt is +20. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for UK). The city code for Cairo is (0)2. Telephone and Telegraph (PTT) offices are available in all Egyptian cities. For international directory phone enquiries dial 120. The local mobile phone operators use GSM 900 networks and have roaming agreements with all major operators. Internet service is available in the main tourist areas, Hotels, café and internet cafes.

National holidays

Title Date
Christmas (eastern coptic) 7th January
Sinai libration day 25th April
Eastern 10th April
Laborer day 1st May
Revolution day 23rd July
Lesser bairam Last week of October
Greater bairam Last week of December
New Islamic year Last week of January
Prophet Mohamed birthday 20th March 2008
The October victory 6th October

 

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