As history lessons have enlightened us, nothing matches the aura of the mesmerising world of ancient Egypt. The land of Pharaohs, pyramids and sand-covered tombs, Egypt has left every traveller spell-bound. A transcontinental country, it is spread across large swathes of north Africa and southwest Asia. One of the most prosperous countries in the Middle East, Egypt is also the third largest African country.
Egypt modern achievements are still dwarfed by the grandeur of its exemplary past. Egypt’s history is among the longest and most intriguing ones. The first traces of Egyptian culture go way back to humans scavenging for food through hunting and fishing. It is was probably due to hostile climate alterations that people shifted down to the banks of the Nile. This is when the first foundation of a new civilization was set up.
The Sahara desert constitutes most of the Egyptian territory while Cairo, Alexandria and other cities house majority of the 86 million population of Egypt. Agriculture, industries and tourism (totally) are its prime economic pillars, at present. It rains during the winter, and summers are hot and scorching. About 90% of Egypt’s population is predominantly Muslim, while the Coptic Christians make up 9% of the population.
Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of Egypt. Egyptian Arabic is spoken by over 68% of the population. About 29% of the population speak in Sa’idi Arabic. The other spoken languages are Beja, Siwi, Nobiin, Domari, Sudanese Arabic and Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Arabic. The Egyptian cuisine features a mixture of vegetarian fare. Seafood, especially fish items can be found on the menu in cities while meat is very expensive and thus, a rarity.
As history lessons have enlightened us, nothing matches the aura of the mesmerising world of ancient Egypt. The land of Pharaohs, pyramids and sand-covered tombs, Egypt has left every traveller spe...