About Egypt

About Egypt

History & Geographic Characteristics

Egypt is situated in North Africa that includes the Sinai Peninsula, a land bridge to Asia. The northern coast borders the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern coast borders the Red Sea, which makes Egypt’s geographical place a very strategic one.

Overview of Egypt

EgyptThe regularity and richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world’s great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C. and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia.
he last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 341 B.C., who in turn were replaced by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines. It was the Arabs who introduced Islam and the Arabic language in the 7th century and who ruled for the next six centuries.

A local military caste, the Mamluks took control about 1250 and continued to govern after the conquest of Egypt by the Ottoman Turks in 1517. Following the completion of the Suez Canal in 1869, Egypt became an important world transportation hub, but also fell heavily into debt. Ostensibly to protect its investments, Britain seized control of Egypt’s government in 1882, but nominal allegiance to the Ottoman Empire continued until 1914. Partially independent from the UK in 1922, Egypt acquired full sovereignty following World War II. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. A rapidly growing population (the largest in the Arab world), limited arable land, and dependence on the Nile all continue to overtax resources and stress society. The government has struggled to ready the economy for the new millennium through economic reform and massive investment in communications and physical infrastructure.

Cultural side of Egypt

egypt2Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world’s most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx; the southern city of Luxor contains a particularly large number of ancient artifacts such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Today, Egypt is widely regarded as an important political and cultural centre of the Middle East. In addition to much more monuments returning to Coptic Christian Egypt, Islamic Egypt, and Modern Egypt.

Currency

Egyptian pound

Mobile Networks

GSM networks All support 3G:

  • Vodafone Egypt
  • Orange
  • Etisalat Egypt

Documentation

For entry into Egypt all visitors must have a valid and current passport with the corresponding visa according to the nationality. For some Nationalities they can buy Visa at the airport upon arrival.

Airports

The Most Used Airports in Egypt:

  • Cairo International Airport – Terminal 1
  • Cairo International Airport – Terminal 2
  • Cairo International Airport – Terminal 3
  • Borg ElArab International Airport
  • Luxor International Airport
  • Hurghada Airport
  • Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

Taxis

We recommend the use of licensed taxis. Establish the rate before you ride.

Transportation by Air – General Info Flights and timetables www.egyptair.com

Electricity

The electricity supply in Egypt is 220 Volts, 50 Hz.p
Most hotels also provide 110 Volts outlets for shavers.

Currency banking

  • Egyptian Pound is the official currency in Egypt. Foreign currency exchange is available in most of the hotels, banks and currency exchange offices.
  • Exchange rate of 1 US$ = 18.05 EGP
  • Exchange rate of 1 € = 20.559 EGP
  • ATM machines are available all through the city and at the vicinity of all conference hotels.
*(rates are subjected to market fluctuations)