Egypt Information

Language

Arabic came to Egypt in the 7th century, and Egyptian Arabic has become today the modern speech of the country. In the lower Nile Valley, around Kom Ombo and Aswan, there are about 300,000 speakers of Nubian languages, mainly Nobiin.

Here are some basic Arabic words:
Yes - Aiwa - أيوه
No - La - لا
Nevermind - Ma'lesh - معلش
How are you? - Ezzayak - إزيك
Please - Min Fadlak - من فضلك
How much? - Bi-kam? - بكام
I have no money - Mafeesh feelous - مفيش فلوس
May I have the bill, please? - Mumkin el-Hisab, min fadlak? - ممكن الحساب، من فضلك؟
God Willing - Insha' Allah - إنشاء الله
Congratulations - Mabrook- مبروك

Religion

Egypt is predominantly Muslim, with Muslims accounting for between 80% and 90% of the popoulation. The vast majority of Muslims in Egypt are Sunni. A significant number of Muslim Egyptians also follow Sufi orders, and there is a minority of Shi'a.

The remainder of Egyptians, between 15% and 25% of the population, mostly belong to the native Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. The most recent declarations, made by Pope Shenouda III and bishop Morkos of Shubra in 2008, suggests the number of Orthodox Copts in Egypt as being over 16 million.

Weather

In most of the country, the summer is hot and dry. Winter is mild with a little rain, but usually it is warm days and chilly nights.

During the summertime, sun protection is an important consideration for tourists, especially for the fair-skinned. Wearing a sunhat is essential. Travel clothing should be light and comfortable, 100% cotton clothing is the best and comfortable shoes are recommended.

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