Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs, the Nile and the Pyramids

Egypt, a democratic republic of blended ethnicities, is currently home to some 90 million Egyptians that are (almost) equally split between urban and rural-dwelling citizens, concentrated near the banks of the Nile in the major cities of Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Port Said. Egypt is divided into 26 governorates consisting of towns, cities and villages.

The Nile, the longest, and arguably most vital, river in the world, is an incredible 6,695 km gift of sustenance for Egypt and three other countries. It is the focal point of urban planning and the lifeline of millions of Egyptians.

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Once a microcosm of the world that hosted sailors from far away lands, the Red Sea coast (Sharm El Sheik and Hurghada), much like the Nile, has also become a pivotal part of the country. Turquoise waves break against rocky capes and windswept beaches in the foreground of an endless mountain range, a much needed escape for the people of Cairo.

Egyptian culture dates back thousands of years to the ancient Pharaohs and has been influenced by numerous invaders throughout history.

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