by DeAnne T. Appleby
Egypt is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, hosting around 12 million visitors each year.
Home to a spectacular ancient civilization, it contains some of the world’s most fascinating artifacts. From the monumental Pyramids of Giza to the beautifully designed Temple of Karnak, there is something of interest for every visitor. Tourism is the main source of foreign income for Egypt, and most of its many visitors come from parts of Russia and the European Union.
Egypt is the second-most populous country on the African continent. It is about the size of Texas and New Mexico combined and is home to over 80 million people. Most of those people live in the capital city of Cairo. Since the country has a hot, dry climate with little rainfall, much of the dry land is uninhabitable. Most of the people not living in the capital live in smaller towns and villages along the Nile River.
Historically, Egypt has hosted a continuous civilization for more than 5,000 years. The evidence of that long and prosperous civilization can been seen in the many artifacts contained in the Cairo Museum, and the many villages, tombs and temples along the Nile River.
A visit to Egypt is a wonderful way to learn about this ancient civilization, and to enjoy the beautiful landscape, the delicious food and the friendly people.