Egypt By | Saturday, September 8 2012 at 15:12
Arabs introduced Islam and Arabic in 7th century and ruled the hitherto predominantly Christian country for six centuries.
Mamlukis took control around 1250.
Egypt conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1517.
After completion of Sue Canal, Egypt became a transport hub but also fell in debts.
Britain took control in 1882.
Egypt acquired full sovereignty in 1952 after overthrow of British backed monarchy.
Adli Mansour (see profile) will take on the role of interim president until fresh elections are called. Mohammed Morsy was deposed by the military on July 3, 2013.
Full Name of state
Arab Republic of Egypt
Origins of name – it’s derived from an ancient name Ht-ka-ptah which meant House of the Ka of ptah. Ptah was one of the early Egyptian gods. According to historians, it is the Greeks who modified the name Ht-ka-ptah to Aegyptus to refer to the Egyptian god as they had difficulty pronouncing the h at the beginning of the original name
Formerly – United Arab Republic
Form of Government
- President elected by popular vote for a six year term
- No term limits
-Bicameral parliamentary system
•Expenditures: 3.4 per cent of GDP (2005 statistics)
•Branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Air Defense Command
Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour
•1953-1956: President Mohamed Naguib
•1956-1970: President Gamal Abed Al Nasser
•1970-1981: Anuar Al Sadat
•1981 - 2011: Hosni Mubarak
•2012 - July 3, 2013: Mohammed Morsy
Altitude – 26 metres
Population – 7.7 million (2004)
•Size: 81,674,000 (2012)
•Life expectancy: 71.3 million
• Gender Make-Up: males 50.4%, females 49.6 %
GDP per capita
$ 6,600 (2011)
$ 6,600 (2010)
•Area: 1,001,450 sq km
•Land boundaries: Gaza Strip 11 km, Israel 266 km, Libya 1,115 km, Sudan 1,273 km
•English and French widely understood by educated classes
•Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%
• Christian 1%
•other 0.4% (2006 census)
•Crude oil and petroleum products
•Arable land: 2.92%
•Permanent crops: 0.5%
•Other: 96.58% (2005)
•Main Port: Alexandria port
•Airport: Cairo International Airport located 22 KM from Cairo city.
•Losing Agricultural land to urbanization
•Soil salination below Aswan High Dam.
•On February 11, 2011, after an 18-day popular revolution which centred on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign as the President of Egypt
•Problematic attempt to adopt a democratic system of government.
•Managing a growing youthful population.
•Following days of protests by millions at Tahrir square, the military announced on July 3, 2013 that it had removed President Morsy from power and suspended the constitution. Army chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi made the announcement in a television address.
•Egypt now goes China to improve foreign domestic Investment FDI) . Last year alone, Egypt experienced a decline of up to 39 per cent on FDI to$8.1 billion due to the financial crisis.
•The government expects the economy is expected to grow at 5 per cent during the 2009/2010 year.
•Egypt is an economy in transition after its economic reforms effected at the end of 90s to make it a market economy.
•Construction and service sectors are the main economic drivers.
•Growing population against dwindling natural resources.
•Drug trafficking: Over the years, Egypt has become the transit point for cannabis, heroine even opium on their way to Europe, Israel and North Africa.
•High rate of migration to other countries in search for employment opportunities by young graduates.
•High unemployment rates still high despite improvements as a result of economic growth.
•Traditionally non-allied, wanted to remain independent.
•Ideal was to be a prosperous state and be a leader within Arab world.
•Egypt could not stand on its own due to economic incapability.
•Had to rely on Soviet Union especially when US support for Israel after June 1967 war.
•Dilemma for Egypt’s foreign policy is her aspiration for national independence and vision to be a leader in the Arab-Islamic world and its traditional non-aligned entity.
The Major Conflicts
•When: 1948 (1948-1949)
•Who: Arabs against Israelis
•Why: The Gaza Strip
•Outcome: Egypt acquired the Gaza Strip
2nd Arab-Israeli War
•Who: Arab-Israeli War
•Why: resource war/water.
•Outcome: Israel took charge of Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.
Suez Canal Crisis
When: October 1956
Who: Britain, France and Israel
Why: Egypt’s decision to nationalize Suez Canal
Outcome: A cease-fire.
What to see?
•The Pyramids: believed to have been constructed between 3000 BC and 1800 BC, the pyramids located west of River Nile are testimony to ancient Egyptian knowledge and engineering skills. The pyramids of Giza are the most widely known among the ten pyramid sites.
•Ancient Egyptian architecture and art.
•Valley of the Kings, the royal tombs of the Egypt’s royals.
Famous Sportsmen and Sportswomen
•Hassan Shehata- Egyptian coach and former player who has won several awards.
•Mahmoud El Gohary, former player and coach. Considered one of the best coaches of the national team ever.
•The Giza Sphinx
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