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Besides being one of the oldest civilizations in the world, Egypt is also one of the oldest holiday destinations in the world, visited by early Greeks and Romans. A spectacular land that flares the imagination it is the place of kings and legends filled with wonders imposing temples, awesome monasteries and the magnificent Pyramids. The wealth of Egypt’s history and incredible architecture is matched only its stunning landscapes vast rivers, mountains, deserts and oases. Egypt has much to offer its visitors; beyond the Pharaohs, camels and magic carpets there are endless opportunities for recreation. The Red Sea has some of the very best Scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. The Mediterranean coastline has wonderful beaches and excellent water sports and the nightlife is amongst the wildest and most sophisticated in Africa.

For over 1000 years, Cairo has been Egypt’s cultural and commercial heart and therefore offers a taste of both the ancient and the modern. Chaotic, colourful and traffic-choked, it is a city of contradictions where Pharaonic buildings and mud brick housing estates sit next to towering office blocks and where donkeys compete for road space with Toyotas. The medieval quarter (Islamic Cairo) with it's rich heritage and wonderful architecture, including the Tulun Mosque, the Citadel and the Mausoleum of Iman ash-Shafi, is the most densely populated area in the Middle East whilst the Roman Fortress town of Coptic Cairo pre-dates it's Islamic neighbour by several hundred years. Giza, on the west bank of the Nile is, of course, the reason that most people come here. This 11mile stretch of pure magic is home to the Great Pyramids and their guardian, the iconic Sphinx. Egypt’s other main tourist spot is Alexandria. Built by the great Macedonian himself on the site of a fishing village, it is home to the only Roman amphitheatre to be built in Egypt as well as the largest known burial site - the Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuggafa with a capacity for over 300 corpses.

Egypt holds many mysteries for the discerning traveler and has a dreamlike, otherworldly quality. It is the people however, who create the most magical aspect of this country as Egyptians easily rank amongst the most hospitable people in Africa. The summer heat can prove unbearable so it is advisable to visit during the cooler months. For whatever reason you visit Egypt, be it adventure, culture, scuba diving, enlightenment or plain old fashioned curiosity you are guaranteed a perfectly unforgettable experience.

Abu Simbel.
Abu Simbel lies on the west bank of the Nile and is home to one of the most amazing temples in Egypt. Carved out of solid rock in 1257 BC as ordered by Pharaoh Ramses II, the temple of Abu Simbel was designed as a show of strength dedicated to Amon-Ra, Ptah and Ra-Harakhte. Indeed, the most striking image of the temple is the row of four colossal seated figures of Ramses cut into the cliff face. These figures are an awe-inspiring 67ft in height and gaze out over the Nile. The central entrance leads into a large hall with magnificent pillars depicting by Osiris figures of the king. Twice every year on 22 February and 22 October, the earliest rays of sun beam onto the back wall of the innermost chamber, thanks to the orientation of the temple. The sun lights up the four gods seated there in honour and it really is a sight to behold. A trip to this staggeringly monumental temple is an awe-inspiring experience.

Sunset felucca trip along the Nile.
"Felucca" is the Arabic word for a sailing boat made of wood, and sailing by felucca is undoubtedly one of the best ways to travel the Nile, especially at sunset. Feluccas have one great Latin sail attached to a mast at the stem and can be steered single-handed. In Southern Egypt most of the felucca sailors are Nubian and dress in their traditional full length Egyptian shirts – the ‘galabiya’. These ancient boats usually ferry between Aswan and Esna, Edfu or Kom Ombo and the journey is silent, slow and calming. The visitor can drink in all of the enigmatic Egyptian sights and sounds whilst drifting along the country’s legendary lifeline river.

Temple of Karnak.
Covering approximately 1.5km, Karnak is a city of temples built over 2000 years ago, brimming with sanctuaries, obelisks, kiosks and pylons. Writers have found it near impossible to describe the immenseness of the Temple of Karnak, it is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed.

Egyptian Museum.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo boasts the largest and one of the most impressive collections of Pharaonic and Byzantine art and sculpture collated from the surrounding area. The museum contains over 100,000 fascinating artifacts and is practically bursting at the seams. The antiquities derive from almost every period of Egyptian history right up to the Roman era and the displays are arranged in careful chronological order. Perhaps the museum’s greatest claim to fame is that it holds the celebrated treasures of Tutankhamun, from all four tombs. Although closed in between noon and 2pm on Fridays, the Egyptian Museum is open daily from 9am to 4.45pm.

Pyramids and Sphinx.
The pyramids and Sphinx are the truly legendary symbols of Egypt. These enigmatic structures, of which a total of seventy were constructed along the Nile, have been marveled at for millennia. The most famous pyramids are the three monumental structures at Giza, the largest measuring over 450ft high. These pyramids, visited by historical luminaries such as Herodotus, Cleopatra and Napoleon are over 4500yrs old. A maze of tunnels within the structures also allow the visitor to explore the inner chambers and a short donkey ride away, are the even older step pyramids of Zoser at Sakkara. Adjacent to the pyramids of Giza is the great 22m high Sphinx, carved entirely out of one block of limestone. After ten years of restoration of varying effectiveness, the Sphinx must not be missed. There are three shows at night in which the pyramids and Sphinx are bathed in light and their history is recounted. It doesn't matter how you see these amazing sights, just make sure you do.

Economy of Egypt:

Egypt has one of the most vibrant economies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. After decades of slow growth, the country is now experiencing rapid economic expansion, driven by an ambitious reform program and investments in infrastructure, energy, and digital projects.

The Egyptian economy is heavily dependent on the services sector, which accounts for about 65 percent of the country’s GDP and includes banking, finance, insurance, real estate, tourism, and trade. Agriculture is also an important sector, contributing about 13 percent of GDP and employing almost a third of the labor force. Manufacturing and construction, which account for about 13 percent of the economy, are also significant contributors to GDP.

In recent years, the government has implemented a number of reforms to stimulate economic growth. These include cutting taxes, liberalizing the exchange rate, and increasing public investment. The government has also invested heavily in infrastructure projects, such as the Suez Canal expansion, and energy projects, such as the country’s first nuclear power plant.

In addition, the government has taken steps to encourage foreign investment, including providing incentives for investments in certain sectors and creating special economic zones. The government has also implemented several digital projects to improve the business environment and make the country more attractive to investors.

In recent years, the Egyptian economy has been growing at a rapid pace, and the outlook remains positive. The government’s reform agenda and the country’s strategic location are expected to continue to drive economic growth in the coming years.

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