The most populous of the Arab nations, the Arab Republic of Egypt is home to almost 80 million people. Located in the north-eastern corner of Africa and south-western Asia - a bridging point between Africa, Asia and Europe - it has long been a place of cultural and commercial exchange. Egypt has existed as a nation for more than 5,000 years, and is the birthplace of one of the world's oldest and greatest civilizations.
Today, Egypt's economy is the most varied of the Middle East and North African economies, with its tourism, agriculture, industry and service sectors all contributing to its GDP at almost equal rates.
A liberal and open market, Egypt's strengths include its solid transport and communications infrastructure, energy sources, skilled workforce and modern banking system.