Egypt and the Red Sea Quick Facts

Egypt and the Red Sea Quick Facts

  • Camel Riding at the Giza Plateau in Egypt The Arab Republic of Egypt is located in Eastern North Africa
  • Egypt's northern coastal borders the Mediterranean Sea and its east coast borders the Red Sea
  • Egypt has an estimated population of 80 million people
  • Egypt's capital city, Cairo, has an estimated 25,000,000 residents, making it the 5th largest city in the world
  • Egypt's biggest international airport is Cairo International (CAI)
  •  Pyramids of Giza, Egypt Travel, Red Sea DivingAn estimated 80% of Egyptians (approx. 64 million) are Muslim and 20% (16 million) are Christian
  • Cairo was named a sister city to New York in 1982, Ottawa, Canada in 1989 and Dallas in 1996
  • The Egyptian Museum has the world's most extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities (136,000 items)
  • The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Egypt and the Red Sea liveaboard diving, dive travel
  • The sloping angle of the sides of the Great Pyramid is 51 degrees and 51 minutes
  • Each side of the Great Pyramid is oriented towards one of the cardinal points of the compass.
  • The Northern Red Sea is considered by CEDAM as one of the 7 Underwater Wonders of the World
  • The Red Sea is known as, the "Underwater Garden of Eden",
  • The Red Sea gets its' name from a red algae, the ocean can turn slightly red when the algae is in bloom
  • The salinity of the Red Sea is amongst the highest of all oceans in the world at 3.6 to 3.8%
  • Water temperature ranges from 20 degrees C (68F) in the winter to 29 degrees C (85F) in the summerDiving the Red Sea, travel Egypt
  • Air temperature ranges from 20 degrees C (68F) in January to 36 degrees C (97F) in July
  • Some Archaeologists believe the Gulf of Aqaba is where Moses crossed the Red Sea
  • Saint Catherines Monastery on Mount Sinai is believed to be built where Moses received the Ten Commandments
  • Electricity in Egypt is 220V - a round two pronged adapter is necessary
  • Currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound, the Euro and US dollar are widely accepted