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Egypt, home of the ancient Pharaohs, has a vibrant legacy that spans over 5000 years; present throughout modern Egypt not only in priceless antiquities but in spirit as well.   A visit to Egypt today is a visit to the world’s largest living museum on this planet. The abundance of distinctive temples and massive monuments gives living proof of the previous sophisticated cultures celebrated over thousands of years –leaving a wealth of mystical history that captivates the minds of visitors from all over the world. Nature blessed Egypt with miles of unimaginable desert beauty, beautiful deep indigo blue water with hundreds of species of marine life; paralleled by miles of beautiful beaches and relics of history that dates back thousands of years. The country of Egypt continues to thrive as it has since the beginning of the 21st century. The Egyptian remain committed to world peace and welcome visitors from all countries. Their hospitality remains warm and timeless as it has for thousands of years. If you are considering a holiday to this magnificent country is sure the warm-hearted Egyptians welcome you! Egyptian history began 5000 years ago with the development of a written alphabet. During the Third Millennium BC, a ruler named Menes unified the two existing parts of Egypt, Upper Egypt (which, just to confuse us, refers to the southern part of the Nile River Valley), and Lower Egypt (which of course refers to the northern part of the Nile). During his period Egyptians had been enjoyed there first period of stable and orderly government. The civilization was already quite advanced, as demonstrated by the complex irrigation projects along the Nile as well as the elaborate burial chambers called Mastabas. However, the Egyptian civilization reached the height of its wealth, creativity and power during the five hundred year period commonly called the Old Kingdom, which lasted from roughly 2700 to 2200 BC. Characterized by peace, prosperity and the splendor of the Pharaoh's court, this period also saw the building of most of the 70 or so pyramids, the biggest of which, the great pyramids at Giza, were constructed during 27th and 26th centuries BC.The Delta of the Nile River was just as important in the development of Ancient Egyptian civilization as the ruins in the south are its modern claim to fame. However, the wet and coveted fertility of the Delta did not allow for the preservation that the marginal sands of the desert did. As ancient cities in the Delta bloomed and then faded, all the materials used to build them were recycled, and all the foundations (buildings, and other structures) were destroyed when the land was returned to the farmers

 Currency

The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE), called "gineh" in Arabic. 1 LE divides into 100 Piaster , and is about 5.55 L.E to 1 Dollar & 7.00 L.E to 1 Euro . but please note that the exchange rate is always changing so you must check the rate before changing any money. Some cash can be converted directly at the airport, or in any local banks some of them have ATM machines, and most hotels also provide banking services. Banks exchange cash or travelers cheques, and provide advances on credit cards. There are many other foreign exchange offices. Please note that Banks close on Fridays and Saturdays.

 Medical Care

When traveling to the Egypt an international  health insurance is highly recommended. . Always drink mineral water, and use it to brush your teeth, and to wash fruit/vegetables. Do not drink tap water. Public toilets are better avoided. Use Hotels toilet facilities. Make sure to take commonly used medications with you as it might not be available locally. Though Pharmacies are very well supplied and any medication can be obtained without prescription. Many Hotels have a doctor on call, and the bigger cities have private hospitals, of which some offer very reliable medical care, are clean and equipped with latest technology.

 

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