Egypt(Arab Republic of Egypt) “Belady, Belady, Belady”“My country, My country, My country”
Know Egypt• Population: 85 million.• Currency: Egyptian Pound• Capital: Cairo.• Climate: Max. 43 C & Min. 13 C• Continent: Africa
2011 “The Revolution”• Reason: police brutality, emergency law, lack of free elections & freedom of speech, uncontrollable corruption, high unemployment, inflation & low wages.• Result: The 18 day revolts resulted in the removal of President “Hosny Mubarak”.• Current situation: Demonstrations happen regularly across Egypt. Demonstrations are often on Fridays.
Culture• Sport: Football.• Festivals: Religious “Mulid & Ramadan”, Ancient-spring festival “Sham EL-Nisim”.• Music: Egyptians are playing harps and flutes, including two indigenous instruments: the ney and the oud.• Famous pop singers: Amr Diab & Mohamed Mounir.• Franco-Arabic music by artists such as “Dalida”.
Culture (continue)• Also, we got Arabic Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop, Metal, Rock & Electonica.• Literature: Novelist “Naguib Mahfouz” was the first Arabic-language writer to win the Nobel Prize.• Cairo Opera House: Main arts venue.• Cairo: has long been known as the "Hollywood of the Middle East“.
“Out & About: Downtown”• Downtown, one of the most exciting areas of Cairo.• The Egyptian museum.• The ahwa, or the coffee shop, is the most popular Cairorian hangout.• shisha, or the hookah pipe.• Drinks: Tea, Turkish coffee and Karkadeh.
“Out & About: Continue”• Khan El Khalili is one of the oldest bazaars in Cairo.• Buddha Bar.• Hard Rock Café.• Azhar Park.