Egypt is perhaps best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and – visible above all – its pyramids. Less well-known is Egypt’s medieval heritage, courtesy of Coptic Christianity and Islam – ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the Egyptian landscape. Egypt stimulates the imagination of western tourists like few other countries and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations world-wide.


The official language of Egypt is Standard Arabic, while the native language is Egyptian Arabic, which is one of the many Arabic “dialects” which should be seen as languages due to the difference.

As Egypt was a British colony until 1952, most educated locals would have learned English in school. Travelers are unlikely to encounter difficulties finding someone who speaks English, especially in tourist centers. In fact, English and French are taught as second languages in all public Egyptian schools, although people who go to these schools might be able to speak the language with varying degrees, depending on the status of the school, their level of education, and the location of the school. Furthermore, a lot of young Egyptians who did not learn much (if any) English at school try to improve their level of English by taking up English language courses locally.

(source: Wikitravel)

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