Facts

  • One of the worlds tourism hotspots.
  • One of Africaโ€™s leading economies.
  • Main languages: Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken.
  • Home to about 95 million people, the highest population in the Arab world.
  • Research, learn, and respect the cultural differences and nuances of what to wear and how to act while in Egypt as these are often dissimilar from western countries and can be challenging for some.
  • A broadening experience. Challenging and enriching. Rich in culture. Enjoyย the differences and the chaos.
  • The region is considered amoung the oldest civilisation, with many historical places to visit scattered across Egypt.
  • Time: GMT+2
  • Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.
  • Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP)
  • International dialling code: +20
  • Internet domain: .eg
  • Emergency numbers: 122 (police), 123 (ambulance) and 180 (fire).
  • Road traffic: Drives on the right.

Geography

  • Landmass is dominated by desert.
  • Most Egyptian cities, including the capital, and largest city Cairo, are located along the banks of the River Nile.
  • Egyptย is a transcontinental country spanning northeast Africa and ย southwest Asia.
    • Egypt is an important bridge between the West and the Muslim worlds.
    • The dividing line between Africa and Asia is the Sinai Peninsula, which runs through Egypt.
    • The Suez Canal is considered the โ€œborderโ€ that divides Africa from Asia. This is a dividing line between continents, but it runs through Egypt.
  • Neighbouring destinations: Libya, the Sudan, Israel, and the Gaza Strip.

Weather

Summary: Most of Egypt has an arid desert climate โ€“ hot and dry year round with a little rain along the northern coast in winter. Cooler coastal region that borders the Mediterranean.ย Between May and October, summer temperatures in Cairo can soar to 50ยฐC (122ยฐF). Destructive sandstorms are caused by the hot khamaseen winds that blow across the country in late winter and early summer.

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Security & Safety

As of Sept 18, 2018: Due to a heightened threat of terrorist incidents in the region, some governments are advising against unnecessary travel to Egypt. Check the governemnetsโ€™ advisories listed below for up to date information.

Up-to-date Government Advisories