Egypt

OVERVIEW:

Egypt is one of the main political and cultural leaders in the Middle East; it plays an extremely important role in connecting Africa with Asia, and the Mediterranean with the Indian Ocean.

This is also the country which has been renowned worldwide for its pyramids and deserts. In the scene of tourism, Egypt has coped well in providing a blend of timeless fascination to modern innovations. Thus, this explains why the country has been successful in differentiating itself when it comes to holidaymaking. Egypt also has a wide variety to choose from when it comes to accommodation and food and dine; it has some of the world’s most delicious and healthiest cuisines. 

Tourists who are keen to visit Egypt will need to know that this is a religious country. Islam is the official religion and most Egyptians are Muslim. Other than that, this is the country to go for because it captures the imaginations of all those who visit her!

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ATTRACTIONS:

 

Cairo

Cairo is the capital of Egypt; it is also the place where one of the last remaining seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza, is located. Visitors who are interested in visiting Cairo should plan their itinerary ahead because the city is divided into several main areas and each area has their own unique character and attractions. Some of the landmarks in Modern Cairo include the Pharaonic Village, The Cultural Centre (Opera House), Cairo Tower and many more to name. With no lack of interesting places, Cairo certainly provides its visitors with a wide selection of shopping, leisure, culture and nightlife entertainments.

Nile Valley

The Nile Valley stretches from the delta to Egypt’s southernmost border with Sudan, and along with its great cities is home to some of the world’s most iconic symbols of ancient civilizations. Being the 2nd largest river in the world, it is a mix of the old and the new, the classic and the innovative. The Nile Valley showcases cultural Egypt at its best; it is here where visitors can to sightsee the three Great Pyramids of Giza as well as the Sphinx that ‘guards’ them. No doubt, this never fails to leave visitors breathless at their bustling cities and ancient temples. Visitors always come in thousands and all of them are mesmerized by the picturesque Nile Valley.

Alexandria

Alexandria is fondly known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’. It is Egypt’s 2nd largest city and also the country largest seaport and the centre of much of its maritime activity. Differentiating itself from the other areas of Egypt, Alexandria’s cultural heritage, climate and cosmopolitan atmosphere give it a Mediterranean feel. Alexandria is widely believed to be one of the finest summer resorts in this part of the world; tourists also visit Alexandria for its excellent diving sites and beaches. This is indeed a city that has both a glorious past and comprehensive modern facilities. Visitors who are interested in archaeology can also visit Alexandria for its numerous archaeological sites.

Red Sea & Sindi

In recent years, Red Sea and Sinai have been receiving increasing popularity and also rated as some of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the world. They are well–liked among experienced divers; the snorkelers and scuba divers. Both Red Sea and Sinai offer massive range of activities on hand, including world–famous diving, desert trips, climbing, golf, national parks and more. Red Sea depicts somewhat a dream destination which would suit many travellers, whether they are seeking relaxation, exploration, or an ideal family break. As for Sinai, it is a tourism destination with almost everything starting from the superb climate, stunning views, friendly people and excellent value for money. The historical and cultural qualities of the region have also meant that it is held in high esteem by the major religions of the world. Both Red Sea and Sinai has something for everyone; starting from the friendly atmosphere and wide range of activities and this is perhaps the reason to why they are becoming particularly popular with families.

 

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

Time

 

Egypt is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2)

International Dialing Code

Only if you are calling from another country and/ or do not have international roaming service

+ (20)

 

 

Money

 

Basic Unit of Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP)

1 Egyptian pound = 100 Piasters

Denominations of Coins Currency: 
100 pounds | 50 pounds | 10 pounds | 5 pounds | 1 pound | 50 piastres | 25 piastres

Denominations of Note Currency:
20 piastres | 10 piastres | 5 piastres

Useful Contact Details

(1)     Egyptian Tourism Office

http://www.egypt.travel/

(2)     Singapore Mission Overseas

http://dipcon.mfa.gov.sg

Transportation Information –Cairo

Cairo International Airport
http://www.cairo-airport.com/

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WHEN TO GO:

Holidays & Festivals

-   Exact dates for festivals are subject to changes from year to year

-   The following are the highlighted major events in Egypt

 

 

Coptic Christmas – 7 Jan

Birth of the Prophet and Ramadan – 15 Feb

Coptic Easter – 25 Apr

Labour Day – 1st May

Revolution Day – 23 Jul

National Day – 23 Jul

Bairam Feast – 10 to 13 Sep

Armed Forces Day – 6 Oct

The Islamic New Year – 7 Dec


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