Egypt: Brief Country Profile

I am traveling to Egypt next week to represent Social Media Exchange in a  workshop titled “Social Media and Alternative Learning Tools” by Nassej CYD. I have never been to Egypt, so I did a humble research and came up with some key points that I decided to share with you!

Egyptian Flag

Let me know if you have something to add!

Official Name: Arab Republic of Egypt

Capital: Cairo

Area: 1,002,450km2 (0.632 % water)

Comparative Area: slightly more than three times the size of New Mexico

Calling Code: +20

Language: Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes

Location: 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

Climate: desert; hot, dry summers with moderate winters

Natural Resources: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, manganese, limestone, gypsum, talc, asbestos, lead, rare earth elements, zinc

Major infectious Diseases:

Degree of risk: intermediate

Food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever

Vector borne disease: Rift Valley fever

Water contact disease: schistosomiasis

So be careful about the water you drink!

Airports: 86 (2010)

Airports with paved runways: 73

The Pyramids

Major Destinations

  • Alexandria and the North Coast: Beautiful beaches and Mediterranean resorts.
  • The Delta from North of Cairo to the Mediterranean East of Alexandria
  • Cairo and the Lower Nile Valley from Cairo to El Tabbin
  • The Lower Nile Valley from El-Minya to El-Minya
  • Upper Nile Valley from South of El-Minya to Qena
  • Luxor/Thebes, from South of Qena to North of Idfu
  • Aswan and Nubia, from Idfu to Abu Simbel: With Elephantine Island, Kitcheners Island, High Dam
  • Red Sea
  • Sinai


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