Valuable tourist information on Egypt
Location: North Africa (Middle East).
Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Friday in April to last Thursday in September).
Area: 1,002,000 sq km (386,874 sq miles).
Main Tourist Resorts: Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Sinai and Aswan.
Language: Arabic, English and French.
Currency: Egyptian pound.
Religion: Muslim (predominately), Christianity
Egypt is officially known as the Arab Republic of Egypt and is located in north-eastern Africa and southwestern Asia. It is bounded on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by Israel and the Red Sea, on the south by Sudan, and on the west by Libya. Less than one-tenth of the land area of Egypt is settled or under cultivation, this consists of the valley and delta of the Nile, a number of desert oases, and land along the Suez Canal.
Egypt is one of the most attractive places for holidaymakers from around the world. Every year the clear water of the Red Sea and the rich undersea world, caressing yellow sand and warmth the year round attract thousands of tourists to this magic country. All its costs are covered with a great amount of luxurious hotels so everyone has an opportunity to choose the hotel he or she will feel comfortable in. Well, if you are looking for longlasting impressions and a charge of energy for the whole year Egypt is the right country to go to!
INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS
All visitors to Egypt must obtain a tourist visa and have a passport that is valid for at least six months with at least one blank page. Visas are available from Egyptian consulates abroad but they are also available at the airport on arrival. It is generally cheaper, though you may have to queue for some time. The visa allows you to stay in Egypt for one month. Please note visa requirements do change from time to time so it’s better to contact your nearest Egyptian Consulate before departure to receive the up-to-date information. Remember to take a photocopy of all the important pages of any documents, in case they are lost or stolen. (e.g. passport, medical insurance, etc).
Food and drink
National dishes are usually simple. They are made with naturally ripened fruits and vegetables and seasoned with fresh spices, they're good and hearty.
Never drink the tap water! It is ok to wash, shower and clean your teeth with it, but it isn’t good to drink. Bottled water is cheap and plentiful; use it instead.
Health and medical issues
You can be surprised but the majority of tourists suffer nothing worse than a bout of diarrhoea. If you feel that the service of a doctor is required your tour operator representative will be able to arrange this for you.
It’s better for you to take into account next things: you can easily get a heatstroke, get exhausted or dehydrated. Drink plenty of bottled water and try to sit in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.
The electricity current is 220 volts and uses round-pronged plugs. North American and other non 220-volt users are advised to bring a converter. If you are coming from the UK, you will need only an adaptor for your plugs.
Whether you like it or not, but bartering is a way of life in Egypt. You either have to play the game, or pay a high price.
The North Coast and Delta regions of Egypt, which includes the cities of Cairo and Alexandria, are influenced by the Mediterranean climatic zone. While a subtropical climate controls the rest of Egypt.
The climate can be summarized as mild, with temperatures increasing as you travel further south. At night there can be a noticeable drop in temperature.
Peak temperatures in upper Egypt, which cover the months May to October can soar to well over 100ºF. However Egypt's high temperatures are usually compensated by extremely low humidity. Rainfall is minimal throughout the year.
In the end I want to add that Egypt is a Muslim country, so please respect their faith. Many things that you take as the norm, such as kissing in public, wearing revealing clothing and so on, are frowned upon here, so try to be more conservative in your attitude.
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