Egypt

Egypt Overview

Egypt is a Middle Eastern country in the northeast corner of Africa. A small part of Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula, is in Asia. The Nile River flows northward through the desert and serves as a vital source of life for most Egyptians.

Egypt is synonymous with the pyramids, temples and antiquities from ancient civilisations. It is the oldest travel destination on earth. From desert landscapes, dry, rugged mountains to diving in the Red Sea Egypt have something to offer all travellers.

CLIMATE

Egypt has a hot, dry climate with only two seasons-scorching summers and mild winters. Summer lasts from around May to October, and winter lasts from around November to April. Daily temperatures in the deserts vary greatly. The average daytime high temperature is 104 °F (40 °C), while the temperature may drop to 45 °F (7 °C) after sunset.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Cairo
POPULATION: 81.7 million
LANGUAGE: Arabic, English, French
CURRENCY: Egyptian Pound
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +20
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +2

TRAVEL WARNING

There is a high threat from terrorism in Egypt. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers, such as hotels and restaurants.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk