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For centuries the Nile has been the lifeline of Egypt and for years has served as the main trade route between the interiors and the Mediterranean. More than 6,600 km, it is considered to be the longest river in the world. Several civilizations have breathed along the banks of this lively river and till date, there are excavations going around, to find historic monuments and tombs along the banks of the river.

The best historic monuments are located along the Nile Valley. Luxor, Aswan, Minya and Cairo are some of the main spots along the Nile that interest travellers.

As travellers cruise along the Nile, they can see several ancient temples and palaces. Some of the main attractions along the Nile Valley are Al-Karnak, the Abu Simbel Temples, The Valley of Kings at Luxor, The Luxor Temple, Temple of Edfu, Karnak Temple, Mount Sinai, Temple of Deir El-Bahri, Philae Island and Temple, Colossi of Memnon, El-Fayoum, Nubia Museum in Aswan, Unfinished Obelisk, Valley of Queens, Beit Khallaf, etc.

Travellers can take a cruise along the Nile or opt to take a ride in the Felucca (traditional wooden sailing boats). Egypt being a predominantly Muslim country, finding halal food is never a problem.

There are also several souqs and upscale modern markets all around the Nile Valley where travellers can shop for perfumes, carpets, clothing, antiques, leather goods, jewellery, etc.

With so much to see around the Nile River, travellers will surely have a fun filled time along the Nile River.

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Egypt Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Cairo

GEOGRAPHY

Egypt is the world's 30th largest country covering an area of 1,001,449 km2 . Twice the size of Spain, Egypt has coastlines on both the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 80.8 Million. Muslims account for about 90% of the population.

CLIMATE

Mostly it is hot and warm during the day and cool at night. In Summer an average temperature of 30 °C (86 °F) in the coastal regions of the country. Winter temperatures average between 13 °C (55 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F) with rain fall.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic is the official language. English and French are widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+2 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 3 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
Independence Day: February 28th
Mother's Day: March 21st
May Day: May 1st
Egyptian Naval Day: October 21st

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Milad-un-Nabi
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Islamic New Year

CURRENCY

Egyptian Pound

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 122
Medical: 123
Fire: 180

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