Egypt, country of ancient culture
Egypt is located in the northeastern corner of Africa, and is famous for the River Nile. The northernmost reaches of the Nile run for about 750 miles through Egypt. The river cuts its way through bare desert, but its narrow valley is a bright strip of green, abundantly fertile in contrast to the desolation that surrounds it. The river is hemmed in by cliffs until it reaches Cairo, where it fans out into the Nile Delta.
The Nile divides Egypt into two sections – the Western Desert and the Eastern Desert. Each desert is completely different, as is the third and smallest of the Egyptian deserts, the Sinai, which is found in the east of the country. The Western Desert is extremely arid, while the Eastern Desert has many wadis, or dry beds of seasonal rivers, and is fringed by rugged mountains. The Sinai desert mainly consists of open country, with isolated hills and wadis.
Egypt is generally an arid country, although it has stretches of fertile land, particularly along the Nile River. For this reason, it’s always appreciated when family and friends send flowers to Egypt. Much of the Western Desert is totally devoid of any kind of plant life, except for perennials and grasses, while the Eastern Desert mainly has thorny shrubs, small succulents and aromatic herbs. The famous lotus flower is to be found growing in the Nile Delta, as well as reeds and date palms.
Egypt boasts at least twenty main cities, towns and urban areas, and for this reason FloraQueen’s international flower delivery service to Egypt is easy to organise. Cairo, with an estimated population of over nine million people, is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa and the Middle East. Qina, situated much further south, on the eastern bank of the Nile, is famous for its temperature variations between night and day, with differences of up to 16°C being recorded.
Egypt is a land of fascinating extremes, with a culture that draws on ancient traditions as well as modern influences.