Destination Information for Egypt
Egypt has always been a popular destination for tourists of all kinds. Whether you’re after an all-inclusive deal promising sun, sand and all the food and drink you could wish for, or you’re looking for a more custom-made experience to explore all that Egypt has to offer, this timeless destination has it all. Egypt is home to some of the world’s most famous and enduring historical landmarks – a land of pyramids, temples and hieroglyphics – which have been a draw for tourists since the Ancient Greeks and Romans came to gaze in wonder.
These days, there are in essence two sides to Egypt. There’s Cairo, the capital and the river Nile, where medieval bazaars and sphinxes are in abundance. Then there’s the Egypt of the Red Sea coast, where sun-seekers and thrill-seekers head year after year for sunbathing and scuba diving. The high-quality tourist resorts, such as the popular Sharm el-Sheik, in this area are plentiful.
If you want to experience Egypt beyond the beaches, there’s plenty for you to see and do. If you’re interested in religion and history, there are a number of historic monasteries, such as the Red Sea Monasteries hidden in the cliffs of the Eastern desert. To truly understand the vastness of Egypt’s landscape, take a trip to the White Desert National Park in the West of the country. Here you’ll see some extraordinary geological sights such as Crystal Mountain, a large rock made entirely of quartz. You can sleep in the National Park, which makes for a welcome change from the bustling cities and packaged tourism you’ll find elsewhere. Cairo is the place to go for shopping, sightseeing, restaurants and more. From here you can join organised tours to more remote locations, and find out why Egypt is such a popular destination.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Egypt.
Avian Influenza A (H1N1) (Human) in Egypt (Update)
New human cases of avian influenza A (H5N1) continue to be reported from Egypt. The Ministry of Health and Population has reported to WHO, a total of 116 laboratory confirmed cases, including 36 deaths, thus far in 2015.
The first human case of avian influenza A (H5N1) in Egypt was identified in 2006. There has been a recent upsurge in cases that began in November 2014, and the total number of cases and deaths reported since 2006, now stands at 318 and 112 respectively.
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