How would I describe Egypt in one word?
Egypt is an ancient land, witness to a rich and diverse history, spun
by some of
the world's most grandiose civilizations. From the Pharonic
stands out by virtue of its longevity and level of achievement, to the
civilization that was the only one ever to climax in both the physical
domains of societal life, to dozens others in between, including the
and the Coptic Christian.
Today; however, Egypt is a developing country with little to be envied
is at best a regional power, relatively unimportant on a global level -
most Egyptians wish to believe otherwise. I feel pity and sadness as I
Egypt possesses more than the necessary resources to be a major world
all the various facets of civilization.
Notwithstanding this honest acknowledgement of status, Egypt remains a
behold and experience.
Typically, Egypt is a hot tourist spot owing to its rich Pharonic
still remains marvellously intact. A most unique place where ancient
still stand high, allowing us a glimpse of one of the world's first,
glorious civilizations. To a lesser extent, Egypt's allure to the
in its equally delicious Islamic experience. Old town quarters
adorned in Arabesque architectural styles, beautiful old mosques,
city walls. Last but not least are the people and culture that are
unique to the visitor. The warmth and friendliness of the street folk,
chaleur and passion of the Egyptian street, cafes, and restaurants -
indiscriminate to day or night - are definitely an Egyptian trademark.
easy going, and people just seem happy.
Today however, Egypt is much more. In addition to its traditional
attractions that remain as desirable as ever, Egypt has emerged as a
beach nation. For the first time in centuries, many tourists flood
primarily in pursuit of its luxurious beach resorts, and do not even
Cairo, or upper Egypt. Egypt's beach story is not of one great seaside
another, but of a string of towns, and resorts: a Riviera - actually
first one, "El Sahel el Shamali" (The North Shore), extends west of
on the Mediterranean sea. State-of-the-art Resorts plodded along the
shores are bustling with tourists from Egypt and abroad. The area which
excellent weather is a site for many sold out concerts, and a generally
pulsating summer season. The second is in the gorgeous sun-splashed red
beaches of the Sinai. The Sinai, irrespective of its new identity, is a
place in of itself. A place of sand, mountains, palm trees, and the
beauty and calm border on the spiritual. Indeed it is forever tied to
unforgettable biblical experiences, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Jesus and a
multitude of other prophets all walked the Sinai, whether seeking
refuge in the
land of Egypt, or from it. It was on Mount Sinai, that God spoke to
Moses, and it
was its red sea waters that God split for the Hebrews to escape the
Egyptian army. Today, though the Sinai's natural, and spiritual sights
authentic as ever, the peninsula has took on a new allure. Fierce
across the southern shores have resulted in whitewashed, sun-drenched
that are a worldwide attraction. The weather in the Sinai Red Sea
Riviera is to
die for, the sea is as clear as glass, and the sands white of the
The region is also rich with some of the world's most attractive,
aquatic life. From vivaciously colorful coral reefs (ranked as the world's top), to ornamental
sea-horses, to dolphins, this is a place for the "marino-phile". Not
all, the Sinai Riviera has won itself an international reputation as a
major diving, and
I encourage all who have not visited to definitely make it a point to
Egypt out. I guarantee you will love the people, the culture, the food,
history, and of course the beaches. I have yet to meet a tourist who
did not vow
to return. A large part of the euphoria is owed to the crazy
hospitality that is
just out of this world.
I myself, though originally from Egypt,
culture-shocked by how friendly and charming the locals are, it really
Egypt's Major attraction regions are:
The town of Giza with its famous Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Cairo with the old town, Khan Khalili bazaar, Al Azhar Mosque (the
first university), the Citadel, night-life, cafes, restaurants.
Alexandria, a delightful Mediterranean atmosphere, a main regional
The North Shore Riviera
The Sinai with its Red Sea Riviera (Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, Taba,
El Arish, Dahab, etc.), and
the Biblical sites up north (the Holy Mount Sinai, St.Catherine's
Monastery - the
world's first, etc.).
Upper Egypt, the sun-baked south which includes a much more delightful
of the Nile, old picturesque villages, and of course the bulk of
Egyptian monuments in the grand cities of Thebes, Luxor, and Aswan.
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