With human settlement here dating back to 40,000 BCE, pharaonic history dating back to 3100 BCE, and modern history being made every day, Cairo is a cradle of civilization, nestled in the meeting point between Africa and the Middle East. For thousands of years, the banks of the river Nile have provided life to a series of settlements, which have over time given rise to the rich and extensive culture of Egypt. Our country was once divided into the kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt, which were united under King Narmer in 3150 BCE. Now, Lower Egypt consists namely of the northern areas of Cairo and the Nile River Delta, while Upper Egypt consists of the southern region of Nubia. There are over 90 million people who call Egypt their home.
The Arab Republic of Egypt is governed under a semi-presidential system, and the Parliament of Egypt is the oldest legislative chamber in Africa and the Middle East. Our current president is Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has held office since 2014. While it is predominantly a Muslim country, Egypt is home to over ten million Coptic Christians. Accordingly, beautiful architecture and history relevant to both faiths can be found here. Egypt remains a conservative country, and visitors should generally adhere to culturally appropriate standards of dress. Egypt is a vastly welcoming country. Check out Pope Francis' visit to Cairo.
Egypt is home to the last surviving wonder of the ancient world, as well as to pharaonic artifacts and monuments dating back thousands of years. The history here is unmatched. Aside from history, however, Egypt is a country of entrepreneurs, artists, and thinkers. Various forms of art flourish here, from architecture to painting to sculpture, and Cairo is a city through the veins of which runs a spirit of commerce and business. All people, though, artists, teachers, business people, men, women, and children alike, are hospitable and friendly, and happy to welcome you to visit our home.
Albeit having many cultural and political assets, Egypt has undoubtedly undergone turmoil in recent years. Since the 2011 Revolution, Egyptian politics and economy has taken a hit. The devaluation of currency and drastic retreat of foreign business caused problems not only in the country as a whole, but also within Cairo American College. Evacuations during the revolution dramatically diminished the foreign student population at our school, and since then the student population was ever staggering - until now. The 2016-17 school year is the first since the dawn of the revolution in which we have seen a positive increase in the student population. Cairo American College is and has been rebuilding strongly since the events of 2011. For more detailed travel information, refer to this website.
In light of previous terrorist attacks in the country, governments such as the United Kingdom and the United States advise against travel to the Sinai Peninsula and the Western desert. However, beach resorts (including Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada), the tourist areas along the Nile river (such as Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel), Alexandria, and Cairo, are all safe to visit. The Egyptian government has a strong presence in these areas for the purpose of maintaining safety and peace for both foreign and native visitors.