What do you know about Egypt? It’s home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and it’s ranked as the 29th largest country in the world with more than 82 million inhabitants.
Many dreams about visiting the Pyramids of Egypt, but there’s more than Pyramids to explore and see. Here are 10 interesting facts about Egypt!
1. The Egyptians invented the 365-days a year calendar
Yes, the ancient Egyptians invented the 365-days a year calendar, to predict the yearly floodings of the Nile river.
2. World’s oldest dress was found here. 5000 years old
How cool is that? Egypt may be home to the world’s first fashion house. I wonder if they had their own brand as well?
3. The Great Pyramids was not built by slaves
Many people believe the pyramids were being built by slaves, but that’s is not the case. They were paid laborers, and most of them built with great honor towards the Pharao and those who died were buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids.
4. Greater Cairo is the largest city in Africa and the Middle East
With an estimated population of 22 million and approximately 500 square km, Cairo is the largest city in Africa and the Middle East. It’s also one of the most populated cities in the world.
5. There are 5 million Facebook users in Egypt
That’s a lot of Facebook users, and it’s continuously growing. Five million users in Egypt make it the most active Facebook community in the Middle East.
6. The most popular sport in Egypt is football
Another fun fact about Egyptian football. There are two teams that are fierce rivals, but still sharing the same stadium, much like in Italy were A.C Milan and Inter are sharing the same stadium, even though they are rivals!
The teams are Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC, and they are both playing at Cairo International Stadium. The derby is known as the Clasico El-Arab.
7. Every city had their favorite god during ancient times
The Ancient Egyptians had so many gods that literally every city had its own favorite deity.
8. Egypt is home to one of the world’s largest dam
Aswan high dam is the world’s largest dam, built to contain the raging waters of the world’s longest river, the Nile.
9. The official language is Arabic
But, many also understand English or French. Egypt is also home to the largest Arabic population, another interesting fact about Egypt.
10. Egypt has more than 3451 hours of sun each year
Aswan is the third sunniest place in the world with 3863 hours of sun each year, that’s 10 hours of sun a day!
So, if you’re longing for some extra sun, you should go to Aswan, in the southern part of the country!
Do you know some more interesting facts about Egypt? Leave a comment and share your knowledge!