Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Egypt: The Land of The Pyramids & The Sphinx

Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia by a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt is a Mediterranean country bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the east, the Red Sea to the east and south, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. Across the Gulf of Aqaba lies Jordan, and across from the Sinai Peninsula lies Saudi Arabia, although Jordan and Saudi Arabia do not share a land border with Egypt. It is the world's only contiguous Eurafrasian nation.

Egypt has among the longest histories of any modern country, emerging as one of the world's first nation states in the tenth millennium BC. Considered a cradle of civilisation, Ancient Egypt experienced some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanisation, organised religion and central government. Iconic monuments such as the Giza Necropolis and its Great Sphinx, as well the ruins of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings, reflect this legacy and remain a significant focus of archaeological study and popular interest worldwide. Egypt's rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity, which has endured, and at times assimilated, various foreign influences, including Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and European. One of the earliest centers of Christianity, Egypt was Islamised in the seventh century and remains a predominantly Muslim country, albeit with a significant Christian minority. The capital and largest city is Cairo. The currency is Egyptian pound (EGP).

Some interesting facts are:
1. The World's Oldest Dress was found in Egypt and it is 5,000 years old.

2. In the border between Egypt and Sudan, there are795 sq miles (2,060 km2) of land unclaimed by neither.

3. Egyptian Pyramid workers were paid with beer:1 gallon (4L) per day.

4. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt.

5. The Steppe eagle is the national animal of Egypt.

6. The Statue of Liberty was intended for Egypt.

7. The lost Egyptian city of Heracleion was found after 1200 years under the sea.

8. The world's largest pyramid is not in Egypt but in Mexico.

9. The first sailing boats were invented in Egypt.

10. During a visit to Egypt in 2012, Hillary Clinton was pelted with tomatoes and shoes, while the protesters chanted "Monica, Monica".

11. The current library at Alexandria has a copy of all the web pages on every website on the Internet since it started in 1996.

12. Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, was actually Greek, not Egyptian.

For more facts visit:

Some beautiful places are:

For tourism details visit:

Find Me:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shahebazk
Blog: http://khanshahebaz.blogspot.com/

I am also on:
Instagram/Skype/Snapchat//Twitter: shahebaz001

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Libya: The Region West of The Nile Valley

Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. The three traditional parts of the country are Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. With an area of almost 1.8 million square kilometres (700,000 sq mi), Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa, and is the 16th largest country in the world. Libya has the 10th-largest proven oil reserves of any country in the world.

The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over one million of Libya's six million people. The other large city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya. The currency is Libyan dinar (LYD).
Some interesting facts are:
1. Loans to Libyan citizens are given with NO interest.

2. Students would get paid the average salary for the profession they are studying for.

3. If you are unable to get employment the state would pay the full salary as if you were employed until you find employment.

4. When you get married the couple gets an apartment or house for free from the Government.

5. You could go to college anywhere in the world. The state pays 2,500 euros plus accommodation and car allowance.

6. The cars are sold at factory cost.

7. Libya does not owe money, (not a cent) to anyone. No creditors.

8. Free education and health care for all citizens.

9. Leptis Magna– Excavated in the 1920’s this World Heritage site is a magnificently preserved Roman city dating back to the 10 Century BC. You can clearly make out public monuments, a harbor, market-place, storehouses, shops and residential districts.

10. Another UNESCO site in the Caucasus Mountains features rock art dating back to 12,000 BC. The paintings and carvings at this site depict giraffes, ostriches, elephants, camels, as well as humans and horses.

For more facts visit:

Some beautiful places are:

For tourism details visit:

I am also on:
Instagram/Skype/Snapchat//Twitter: shahebaz001

Find Me:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shahebazk
Blog: http://khanshahebaz.blogspot.com/

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Tunisia: The Smallest Country in North Africa

Tunisia, officially the Tunisian Republic or the Republic of Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa, covering 165,000 square kilometres (64,000 sq mi). Its northernmost point, Ras ben Sakka, is the northernmost point on the African continent. It is bordered by Algeria to the west, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. Tunisia's population was estimated to be just under 10.8 million in 2013. Tunisia's name is derived from its capital city, Tunis, which is located on Tunisia's northeast coast.

Geographically, Tunisia contains the eastern end of the Atlas Mountains and the northern reaches of the Sahara desert. Much of the rest of the country's land is fertile soil. Its 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) of coastline includes the African conjunction of the western and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Basin and, by means of the Sicilian Strait and Sardinian Channel, features the African mainland's second and third nearest points to Europe after Gibraltar. The currency is Tunisian dinar (TND).

Some interesting facts are:
1. Tunisia is the northernmost African country, apart from being the smallest nation situated along the Atlas mountain range.

2. Kairouan city is the fourth most important city in the Muslim world after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.

3. The Tunisian oasis at Kebili has been found to be containing evidence of Stone Age settlements.

4. Till date, Tunisia has had only two presidents - Habib Bourgiba, who ruled from 1956 until 1987, and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who assumed power in a bloodless coup in 1987.

5. Most nationalities do not require Visas to enter the country.

6. The highest point in Tunisia is formed by Jebel ech Chambi (1,544 m).

7. 98% of the population are Muslims.

For more facts visit:

Some beautiful places are:

For tourism details visit:

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Algeria: The Country in a Desert

Algeria, officially People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast. Its capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the country's far north. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa and the Arab world. Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes. Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been President since 1999.

Ancient Algeria has known many empires and dynasties, including ancient Numidians, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Umayyads, Abbasids, Idrisid, Aghlabid, Rustamid, Fatimids, Zirid, Hammadids, Almoravids, Almohads, Ottomans and the French colonial empire. Berbers are generally considered to be the indigenous inhabitants of Algeria. Following the Arab conquest of North Africa, most indigenous inhabitants were Arabised; thus, although most Algerians are Berber in origin, most identify with Arab culture. En masse, Algerians are a mix of Berbers, Arabs, Turks and Black Africans.

The North African country supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. According to OPEC Algeria has the 17th largest oil reserves in the world and the second largest in Africa, while it has the 9th largest reserves of natural gas. Sonatrach, the national oil company, is the largest company in Africa. Algeria has one of the largest militaries in Africa and the largest defence budget on the continent; most of Algeria's weapons are imported from Russia, with whom they are a close ally. Algeria is a member of the African Union, the Arab League, OPEC, the United Nations and is the founding member of the Maghreb Union. The currency is Dinar (DZD).

Some interesting facts are:
1. Over 90% of Algeria is covered by the Sahara desert.

2. Unlike in other Islamic nations, women in Algeria have gained more prominent status in the society. Women make up 60% of Algeria’s judges, 70% of the lawyers, and 60% of the student population. What’s more, they have a bigger household income contribution than men.

3. Algeria is the largest oat market in Africa.

4. In 2007, a court in Algeria had to rule on the ownership of a donkey which had eaten the money brought by a purchaser for its sale.

5. The National holiday, called Revolution Day, is on November 1.

6. Algerian singer Cheb Mami sang with Sting on 1999 hit Desert Rose.

For more facts visit:

Some beautiful places are:

For tourism details visit: